Anne Berg

Anne Berg

Assistant Professor of History

College Hall 216 B

Anne Berg studies the histories of waste and recycling, film and cities, racism and genocide. Trained as a historian of modern Germany and Europe, Anne increasingly ventures into more global terrain. Her research proceeds along a number of parallel tracks, connected by a sustained interest in the visual, the spatial and the material. She has published articles on the history of waste in Nazi Germany, the United States and South Africa. Currently, Anne is working on a book project that examines the disturbing connections between waste management and genocide in the Third Reich, entitled Empire of Rags and Bones: Waste and War in Nazi Germany. At Penn, Anne teaches courses on the history of National Socialism, world history, environmental history and the history of garbage.

Office Hours
Virtual 1:30PM-3:00PM

Ph.D. University of Michigan

Selected Publications

“Waste’s Social Order: A Historical Perspective” in Opening the Bin: Perspectives on Waste from the Social Science and the Humanities edited by Richard Ek; Hervé Corvellec; Nils Johansson; Patrik Zapata; and Maria José Zapata Campos. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. (forthcoming)

“Dump” 13 November 2017. Somatosphere. Available at:

“Waste Streams and Garbage Publics in Los Angeles and Detroit” Global Garbage: Urban Imaginaries of Excess, Waste, and Abandonment. London: Routledge, 2016.

“The Nazi Rag-pickers and Their Wine: The Politics of Waste and Recycling in Nazi Germany” Social History 40 4 (November 2015) 446-472.