Astrid M. Eckert is Associate Professor of Modern European History at Emory University in Atlanta. Her new book West Germany and the Iron Curtain is now out with Oxford University Press (2019). At the heart of the book stands an environmental history of the Iron Curtain. She previously published The Struggle for the Files (2012), which won the Waldo Gifford Leland Award of the Society of American Archivists. Eckert held several prestigious fellowships, including a Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy Berlin and a Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship. She is currently the Vice President of the Central European History Society.