Nothing Happened.  A History (Stanford University Press, 2021).

Editor, The Cultural History of Memory in the Nineteenth Century (Bloomsbury Publishers, 2020).

Collecting and Historical Consciousness in Early 19th-Century Germany (Cornell University Press, 2000).

Editor, Museums and Memory (Stanford University Press, 2000). Chapters: "Introduction " and "Curious Cabinets and Imaginary Museums."  Translated into Japanese by Hiroaki Ito, ed. (ARINA Shobo Publishers, 2009).



“Photographs at/of/and Museums” in Gil Pasternak, ed., Handbook of Photography Studies (Bloomsbury Publishers, Jan. 2020).

"Take Nothing but Photos, Leave Nothing but Footprints”: How-to Guides for Ruin Photography," in Siobhan Lyons, ed., Ruin Porn and the Obsession with Decay (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). 

"The Pictures in the Background: History, Memory and Photography in the Museum" in Joan Tumblety, ed., Memory and History: Understanding Memory as Source and Subject (Routledge, 2013).

"Of Photographs, Puns and Presence" in Ranjan Ghosh and Ethan Kleinberg, eds., Presence: Philosophy, History and Cultural Theory for the 21st Century (Cornell University Press, 2013).

"The Presence of the Past as Visual Experience, 1800/1900/2000.” Sylvia Paletschek and Barbara Korte, eds., Popular History Then and Now (Transcript Press, History in Popular Culture series, 2012).


"Choosing Not To Look: Representation, Repatriation and Holocaust Atrocity Photography." History & Theory 47, no. 3 (October 2008): 309-330; reprinted in Highlights from History and Theory: A Selection of Articles from 2005-2009, May 2009.


"Historical Subjectivity: A Review Essay," Journal of Modern History 78:2 (June, 2006), pp. 434-456.

"Holy Alliances. Creating Religious Communities after the Napoleonic Wars ," in Michael Geyer and Lucian Hölscher, eds., Die Gegenwart Gottes in der modernen Gesellschaft. Transzendenz und religiöse Vergemeinschaftung in Deutschland ( Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2006), pp. 37-59.

"The Conundrum of Ephemerality: Time, Memory and Museum," in Sharon MacDonald, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Museum Studies (Blackwell Publishers, 2005), pp. 98-109.

"The Sublime Triplets of Historical Consciousness" review essay, in the special issue, "Extreme and Sentimental History," Criticism 46.3 (2004), pp. 499-510.

"Language, Literary Theory and Historical Thought" in Lloyd Kramer and Sara Maza, eds., The Blackwell Companion to Historical Thought (London : Blackwell, 2002), pp. 319-336.

"Story, History and the Passionate Collector" in Lucy Peltz and Martin Myrone, eds., Producing the Past: Aspects of Antiquarian Culture and Practice, 1700-1850 (London: Scolar Press, 1999).

"(Art)efakte: Nation, Identität, Museum " in Claudia Rückert, ed., "Der deutschen Kunst"": Nationalgalerie und nationale Identität 1876-1998 ( Berlin, 1998), pp. 186-197.

"Writing the Individual Back into Collective Memory" American Historical Review 102:4 (December 1997), pp. 1372-1385.

"Memory, Distortion and History in the Museum" History and Theory Theme Issue 36:4 (December, 1997), pp. 44-63; reprinted in Bettina Carbonell, ed., Museum/Studies in Context (Blackwell Publishers, 2003); translated into Chinese for “Encyclopaedia of Places of Memory in China.” (2011).

"(Not) Writing History: Rethinking the Intersections of Personal and Collective Memory with Hans von Aufsess." History and Memory 8:1 (Spring/Summer 1996), pp. 5-29.

"Metahistory Received," Storia Della storiografia 5 (1994), pp. 51-63. Special issue commemorating Hayden White's Metahistory.

"Judging Distances: Dilthey, Gadamer, Benjamin," Strategies: A Journal of Theory, Culture and Politics 4/5 (June, 1991), pp. 69-86.


Book Reviews

Miriam Paeslack, Constructing Imperial Berlin: Photography and the Metropolis German Studies Review 43 (1), 171-173.

Francoise Meltzer, Dark Lens: Imaging Germany, 1945, German Studies Review 43 (2), 424-426.

Joerg Echternkamp and Stephan Jaeger, eds.,Views of Violence: Representing the Second World War in German and European Museums and Memorials, The Journal of Military History 83 (4), 1339-1340

Patrick H. Hutton, The Memory Phenomenon in Contemporary Historical Writing The Journal of Modern History (Feb. 2019), pp. 150-52.

Eveline Bouwers, Public Pantheons in Revolutionary Europe: Comparing Cultures of Remembrance, c. 1790-1840, Journal of Modern History (March 2014), pp. 151-2.

Eva Giloi, Monarchy, Myth and Material Culture in Germany 1750-1950 American Historical Review (2012).

Angi Buettner, Holocaust Images and Picturing Catastrophe: The Cultural Politics of Seeing Shofar (2012).

Nicolas A. Rupke, Alexander von Humboldt: A Metabiography European History Quarterly 40:2 (April, 2010), 370-1.

David Blackbourn and James Retallack, eds., Localism, Landscape and the Ambiguities of Place American Historical Review 114:1 (February 2009), pp. 222-223.

"The Special Case of Four Auschwitz Photographs." Review of Georges Didi-Huberman, Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from Auschwitz Postmodern Culture 19.1 (September 2008),

John Toews, Becoming Historical: Cultural Reformation and Public Memory in Early Nineteenth- Century Berlin  American Historical Review 110: 4 (October, 2005), pp. 1268-69.

Ute Poiger, Jazz, Rock and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany, Canadian-American Slavic Studies (2005), pp. 567-569.

Alon Confino, The Nation as Local Metaphor, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 30:1 (Summer 1999), pp. 129-131.

Elazar Barkan, ed. Prehistories of the Future: The Primitivist Project and the Culture of Modernism, The Historian (1997), pp. 190-191.