The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Christina Matzen

Phd Program


Christina Matzen is currently a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Toronto, where she is also a member of the Centre for Jewish Studies certificate program and a Junior Fellow at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. Christina received a BA in History and minors in European Studies, Jewish Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies from Ohio University. At OU, she wrote a thesis about the female concentration camp guards who were tried at the postwar Bergen-Belsen trial. Her doctoral dissertation, directed by Dr. Doris L. Bergen, is titled, “Imprisoned Women: Gender, Politics, and Criminology in Nazi, Communist, and Democratic Germanies.” Her work has received support from the Central European History Society, the Fulbright Program, the German Historical Institute, the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, and SSHRC Vanier Canada. Christina’s research focuses on the history of German women’s prisons, but she is also committed to current social issues pertaining to incarceration and prisoner-rights advocacy in the United States.


  • BA (Honors), Ohio University


  • 2012-2013
Christina Matzen