Alexandria Ruble received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. Her research focuses on modern German and European history, women's and gender history, and global/comparative history. Her current book project, Protecting Families, Dividing States: The Struggle to Reform Family Law in East and West Germany, 1945–1976, explores the interplay of political, social, and economic factors that led, despite all resistance, to the reform of family law in East and West Germany in the 1950s and 1960s. She argues that the competition between the two German states created the momentum for reform, making gender and the family battlegrounds of the Cold War struggle between East and West. She has also authored a chapter for the edited volume Gendering Post-1945 German History: Entanglements, edited by Karen Hagemann, Donna Harsch, and Friederike Bruehoefener to be published by Berghahn Books in early 2018.