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Paola Medina-Gonzalez


Paola Medina-Gonzalez is a historian of Modern Germany who specializes on the Third Reich and masculinity. Their dissertation, Boas in Arms: Masculinity, Photography, and the Wehrmacht look into amateur martial photography during the World Wars in which illustrate soldiers engaged in stage performance and cross-dressing.

They currently also are the co-founder and co-host of the podcast, Theoryish.Link opens in a new windowFor the latest episode please see below:


  • BA: Ohio State University, 2014-2017 in the History of Art with a minor in Historical Architecture
  • MA: University College London. 2019-2020 in the History of Art specializing in 1850-1945 Germany
  • PhD: University of Warwick, 2021-currently in progress

Conferences + Appearances

  • “Give Me a Kiss Käthie”: Female Impersonation on the Front-Line and POW Camps during the First World War" on 2 June 2023 for the Gender in German History with the German History Research Group at Cambridge University
  • "Every Soldier Should Provide Himself with a Camera: Masculinity, Photography and the Trenches" on 17 November 2022 with the Research Forum for German Visual Culture
  • "Complicated Fascism: Cross-Dressing, the Wehrmacht, and the Camera" on November 2011 with Queer/Disrupt
  • "Medieval Masculinity: Knights, Nazis & Indiana Jones" episode on 30 November 2020 with the Modern Medieval Podcast.
  • "Androids, Labor and the Christ Figure: The Application of Marxist Theory in Metropolis and Detroit: Become Human" on 20 November 2020 with the Trinity HistoryCon at Trinity College.
  • "Man in the High Castle: Conspiracy, Politics, and the Occult" on November 2019 with the Trinity HistoryCon at Trinity College.


Blog Posts

  • Medina-Gonzalez, P. "Appropriateness, Consent, and Intergenerational Kinship: Discussions of Herbert Tobias’s Manfred Schubert", New Fascisms Syllabus. Publication in progress.

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paola dot medina-gonzalez at warwick dot ac dot uk

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