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Ted Richthofen

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Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)

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Institutional mailing address

Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 5
53113 Bonn

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Research interests

American vice history (alcohol, drugs, sex work, gambling, organized crime), Prohibition, Queer and Gender Studies, the American West.


  • Since Oct. 2021: Ph.D., American Studies, University of Bonn
    Dissertation (working title): "Gender and Alcohol Prohibition in the United States"
  • Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2021: M.A. American Studies, high distinction, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Aug. 2014 – May 2019: B.A. History, summa cum laude, Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA

Awards, Scholarships, and Grants

  • Oct. 2020: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
  • March 2020: Deutschlandstipendium
  • Aug. 2019: Colorado Emerging Historians Award - from the State Historian Council
  • May 2019: Phi Alpha Theta A.F. Zimmermann Graduate Scholarship
  • Nov. 2018: Research Scholarship MSUD
  • Aug. 2017: Columbine Scholarship
  • Aug. 2016: History Department Stipend

Professional Experience

  • Since Oct. 2021: Lecturer (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), North American Studies Program, Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Oct. 2020 – Feb. 2021: Tutor for 'Intro to Cultural Studies' Lecture with Prof. Dr. Astrid Franke, Universität Tübingen
  • Aug. 2020 – December 2020: English editor for the Associate Dean of the Philosophie Fakultät, Universität Tübingen
  • Dec. 2019 – Aug. 2021: Student assistant for American Studies Department, Universität Tübingen
  • June 2019 – Sept. 2019: Assistant for the MSU Denver College for Letters, Arts, and Sciences Dean's Office
  • Jan. 2019 – May 2019: MSU Denver Honors Internship
  • Aug. 2018 – Dec. 2018: Teaching assistant, 'Honors Thesis Seminar' with Dr. Megan Hughes-Zarzo, MSU Denver
  • June 2018 – Aug. 2018: Teaching assistant, 'The American Dream' with Dr. Megan Hughes-Zarzo, MSU Denver
  • Jan. 2018 – May 2018: Teaching assistant, 'Women's Folklore' with Mikkilynn Olmstead, M.A., MSU Denver
  • Aug. 2017 – May 2019: Student assistant for the MSU Denver Honors Program



  • Forthcoming - "Trans* Dress and Fashion." Meanings for Dress. Edited by José Blanco F., 5th ed., Bloomsbury, 2024.
  • Jan. 2019 – present: Author for Colorado Encyclopedia. Completed Articles: 'John R. Smith,' 'Prohibition,' 'The Carlino Brothers,' 'Women During Prohibition'
  • "'Openly and With Gusto': How Women Moonshiners Led to Denver's First Female Cop." Colorado Heritage, Winter 2020.


  • Oct. 30, 2021: Dress and Body Association Annual Conference. Topic: "Trans-Masculinity, Race, and Class in Early 20th Century America."
  • Aug. 25, 2021: Co-hosted round table discussion of research at CIVIS European Civic University. 'Modernism in Transit: Dialogues and Crossings' Summer School Conference, Aix-Marseille University, France. Topic: "W.E.B. DuBois and Race as a Function of Class."
  • April 19, 2019: Presentation of Research at the MSU Denver Undergraduate Research Conference, Denver, CO, USA. Topic: "A People's History of Alcohol Prohibition in Colorado: Labor, Class, Gender, and Moral Reform 1916-1933."
  • March 30, 2019: Presentation of Research at the Western Regional Honors Conference in Bozeman, MT, USA. Topic: "The Justification of Wealth and Privilege Disparity in Post-Civil War America."
  • Jan. 23, 2019: Workshop Contributor at Creating Change National LGBTQ Task Force Conference, Detroit, MI, USA.
  • Nov. 8, 2018: Student Activist Workshop Co-Organizer at the National Women's Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • Jan. 2, 2018: Presentation of Research at the Biennial Conference of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society in New Orleans, LA, USA. Topic: "The Cult of Domesticity: Post-War American Prosperity and the Oppression of Women."



    • May 2021 – Oct. 2021: Co-Organizer for Anti-Discrimination Workshop for First Semester Students, Uni Tübingen
    • Oct. 2019 – Sept. 2019: Participant in Uni Tübingen Feminist Network Club
    • Aug. 2017 – May 2019: President of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, MSU Denver
    • Aug. 2017 – Dec. 2018: Vice President Student Honors Council, MSU Denver
    • Aug. 2018 – Dec. 2019: Vice President of the Gender Studies Honors Society, Triota, MSU Denver
    • Aug. 2018 – May 2019: Vice President of the Auraria Feminist Alliance, Denver, CO