Mary McPartland is a PhD candidate specializing in modern Germany and the Cold War. She began her studies at George Washington in 2005. Along with modern Europe, she also has an interest in early modern Europe and the history of science. Her dissertation, "Splitting Atoms, Rebuilding Science and Dividing a State: The Farm Hall Scientists during the Early Occupation of Germany, 1945-1949" focuses on a group of ten German atomic scientists who were detained in England at the end of World War II. Prof. Hope Harrison is her advisor. Mary has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for various European, American and world history courses while at GW. She earned her BA in history and Spanish from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.