Kamphoefner, Walter individual record

Dr. Kamphoefner teaches in the fields of immigration, urbanization, and quantitative methods. He has published widely in the field of immigration and ethnicity, with articles in four languages and three books out in both German and English. One of the pioneers of transatlantic linkage studies with his monograph The Westfalians: From Germany to Missouri (Princeton, 1987), he has now embarked on a larger project involving overseas tracing to multiple destinations, supported by an APS Sabbatical Fellowship last year. Other research interests include bilingual education and the immigrant language transition.

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Academic Articles16
  • Kamphoefner, W. D. (2019). What’s New About the New Immigration? A Historian’s Perspective over Two Centuries. Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny. 2019 (XLV)(Nr 3 (173)), 7-27.
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  • Kamphoefner, W. D (2017). Who Went South? The German Ethnic Niche in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Social Science History. 41(3), 363-392.
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  • Kamphoefner, W. D. (2012). Comparative Migration History by the Numbers (and the Letters). Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History. 45(4), 153-156.
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  • Kamphoefner, W. D. (2009). Immigrant epistolary and epistemology: On the motivators and mentality of nineteenth-century German immigrants. Journal of American Ethnic History. 28(3), 34-54.
  • Gallagher, G. W., Kamphoefner, W. D., Helbich, W., & Vogel, S. C. (2006). Germans in the Civil War: The letters they wrote home.
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  • Kamphoefner, W. D. (2008). New perspectives on Texas germans and the confederacy. The Fate of Texas: The Civil War and the Lone Star State. 105-119.
  • Helbich, W., & Kamphoefner, W. D (2006). Letters across Borders. Letters across Borders: The Epistolary Practices of International Migrants. 29-55. Palgrave Macmillan US.
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Conference Papers1
  • Kamphoefner, W., & Bjerg, M. (1999). [Who went south? The choice of destination among German immigrants in the 19th century].. Estud Migr Latinoam. 14(42), 23-47.
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Texas A&M University; History; 4236 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4236