Paul Betts is Reader in Modern German History at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. He is the author of The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design (Berkeley, 2004), and numerous articles on 20th century German society and culture. He is co-editor of Pain and Prosperity : Reconsidering Twentieth Century German History (Stanford, 2003), with Greg Eghigian; Socialist Modern : East German Everyday Culture and Politics (Ann Arbor, 2008), with Katherine Pence; and Between Mass Death and Individual Loss : The Place of the Dead in Twentieth-Century Germany (Oxford, 2008), with Alon Confino and Dirk Schumann. He is also Joint Editor of the journal, German History. Currently he is writing a history of the private sphere in the German Democratic Republic.