Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies


Current Positions

2009-present Director Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Work and Human Life Course in Global History” (re:work”), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
2007-present Professor (Chair) of African History at Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany

Previous Positions

2002 – 2007 Full Professor of Modern History with a focus on African History, University of Hamburg
2000 – 2002 Assistant Professor of African History at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
1998 – 2000 Researcher, Center for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin
1995 – 1998 Assistant Professor, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
1991 – 1994 Research Assistant at History Department, University of Hamburg


2002 Postdoctoral Lecturer Qualification / Habilitation (Venia for Modern and Contemporary History), Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, Faculty of Philosophy I
1995 Ph.D. (Modern History), University of Hamburg, Germany
1990 M.A. (History), University of Hamburg
  (1985-1990 Studies in History, French and Journalism in Hamburg, Yaoundé and Aix-Provence)
  [I spent 12 months as an undergraduate at the University of Yaoundé (1986/87), 14 months in Cameroon for Ph.D research (1992/93), 12 months in total for postdoctoral research in Tanzania (1996-2000), plus various shorter research and conference trips to numerous African countries, e,g. Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa]

Fellowships and Awards (Selection)

2018-19 Member Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, School of Social Science
2017 Guest of the Principle, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala
2016 Kratter Professorship, Stanford University
2016 Fellow Institut d’Etudes Avancées de Nantes
2015 Directeur d’Etudes invité, EHESS, Paris
2013 Fellow Maison de l’Histoire, Université de Genève
2012 Fellow Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
2007 Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Department of History
2006 Directeur d’Etudes invité, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris
2005 Visiting Professor, University of Indiana, Bloomington
2002 Directeur d’Etudes invité, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris
2000 Habilitation Grant German Historical Institute London
2000 Visiting Fellow, Center for African Studies, SOAS, University of London

Competitive Research Grants (current; Selection)

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Work and Human Life Course in Global History”, 2009-2021

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Research Project „Dinosaurs in Berlin. The Brachiosaurus brancai – a political, scientific and popular icon, 2015-2018 (with Museum for Natural Sciences; Technical University Berlin).

Senate of Berlin / Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): Forum Transregional Studies, 2013-2018 (together with Wissenschaftskolleg, Max-Weber Foundation)

German Research Council (DFG): Graduate Program “Global Intellectual History”, 2016-2020 (together with Sebastian Conrad, Free University Berlin)


Advisory Boards / Chairpersonships (Selection)

2016-present Jury Gerda Henkel Prize
2015-present Chair, Advisory Board Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Marburg
2015-present Scientific Board German Historical Institute Paris
2012-present Chair, Forum Transregional Studies
2012-present Fellow Academia Europaea
2009-present Conseil scientifique, Point Sud, Bamako
2009-present Member, Council International African Institute, London
2007-2018 Chairman Arbeitskreis für Moderne Sozialgeschichte e.V. (Council for Modern Social History)
2014-2016 President German Association of African Studies
2013-2017 Conseil d’Administration, EHESS Paris
2010-2016 Council German Historical Association