Department of History and the College
Alice Goff is a historian of German cultural and intellectual life in the modern period, with a particular focus on the 19th century. Her research and teaching center on the history of art and politics, museums, and the humanities in German states, and in the relationship between Germany and the world.
She is currently at work on a book manuscript, “The God behind the Marble: Transcendence and the Art Object in the German Aesthetic State, 1794–1848,” which tells the story of the artworks caught up in the looting, iconoclasm, and shifting boundaries of German states during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, and the consequences of these upheavals for German political, religious, and intellectual practice at the beginning of the 19th century. She has also begun research on a related project that addresses the historical legacy of the German monarchies and their art collections in the German Democratic Republic.
Goff maintains active interests in the field of museum studies and practice. She recently co-curated an exhibition of 19th-century German glass models of marine invertebrates, “Museum of Vitreous Ecology: Blaschka Glass Models at Michigan.” She holds a PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley.