Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992 – 2000
    Studied history, European ethnology and sociology in Göttingen, Germany; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Berlin, Germany

  • 1997 – 2001
    External staff and then research associate at the Topography of Terror Foundation

  • 2001 – 2002
    Visiting Research Fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Research Centre for Jewish Literary and Cultural History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

  • 2001 – 2006
    Doctoral studies, dissertation published under the title "Ehrensache (Matter of Honour). Jewish student associations at German universities (1886-1937)", supervisors: Prof. Dr. Wolfang Benz (Centre for Anti-Semitism Research, Berlin, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Dan Diner (Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig, Germany)

  • 2002 – 2005
    Doctoral fellowship from the Zeit Foundation at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig

  • 2006 – 2007
    Postdoctoral researcher at the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group "Generation history", University of Göttingen

  • 2007 – 2010
    Research associate under Prof. Dr. Bernd Weisbrod, Department of Mediaeval and Modern History (Chair of Contemporary History), University of Göttingen

  • 2010 – 2012
    Research associate at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, USA

  • Since 2012
    Director of the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg, Germany

Selected publications

  • Ehrensache: Jüdische Studentenverbindungen an deutschen Universitäten, 1886-1937. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2008.

  • Gewalt und Gesellschaft. Klassiker modernen Denkens neu gelesen. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2011. (with Uffa Jensen, Habbo Knoch, Daniel Morat)

  • Praktiken der Differenz: Diasporakulturen in der Zeitgeschichte. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2009.

  • "Lives in Limbo: Statelessness after Two World Wars." Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 49 (Fall 2011): 113-134.

  • "Comments on Current and Future Directions in German-Jewish Studies." Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook 54 (2009): 22-28.

  • "Staatenlosigkeit als Entmenschlichung. Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951)." In Gewalt und Gesellschaft. Klassiker modernen Denkens neu gelesen, edited by Uffa Jensen, Habbo Knoch, Daniel Morat, Miriam Rürup, S. 192-203. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2011.

  • "Von der religiösen Sehnsucht zur kulturellen Differenz: Diasporakulturen im historischen Vergleich." In Praktiken der Differenz: Diasporakulturen in der Zeitgeschichte, ed. Miriam Rürup, 9-39. Göttingen, 2009.


Selected projects

  • Research project for the Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification): Homeless or citizen of the world? The stateless in Europe after the two World Wars

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • German Studies Association

  • American Association of Jewish Studies

  • European Association of Jewish Studies

  • Verband der Historikerinnen und Historiker Deutschlands (VHD – Association of German Historians)

  • Member of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation working group "Human Rights", Cologne, Germany, since 2012

  • Member of a working group at the Leo Baeck Institute, since 2009

  • On the technical committee for the foundation for the preservation of memorial sites in Lower Saxony, since 2007

  • Co-editor of Aschkenas (Ashkenaz), since 2013

  • Editor and co-publisher of WerkstattGeschichte (Workshop History), since 2002

  • Review editor for the topic of Jewish History for H-Soz-u-Kult

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