Cornelia Wilhelm earned her Ph.D. in Social and Economic History at the University of Munich. Her book on Nazi propaganda among German Americans in the U.S. was published in 1998 by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.
Between 1994 and 1997 she taught as Assistant Professor at the Amerika-Institut of the University of Munich. In 1997 she embarked on a research project exploring the role of the B’nai B’rith and its female counterpart, the “True Sisters” in the shaping of a civil Jewish identity in America. For this project, she worked from 1997 to 2002 as DFG-funded Visiting Research Fellow at Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH. The project war part of her “habilitation” and the book was published in its original German in 2007. Thanks to the support of the Littauer Foundation in NYC and the B’nai B’rith International in Washington, DC, the book was translated to English and has been published by Wayne State University Press.
Wilhelm has been teaching at the Department of History at the University of Munich since 2004. During the summer of 2006, she served as a visiting professor in the Department of History at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. During the academic year 2006-2007, Wilhelm was Aresty Visiting Scholar at the Bildner Center at Rutgers University and LMU Visiting Professor. In this position, Wilhelm coordinated the North American research activities of her home university, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.