Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2012
    Professor of Modern History, University of Basel

  • 2016 – 2017
    Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University

  • 2015 – 2016
    Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz

  • 2007 – 2009
    Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (affiliations with the German Historical Institute Paris and the Research Center for Social and Economic History, University of Zurich)

  • 2004 – 2005
    Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA

  • 2003 – 2007
    Assistant at the Institute of Sociology, University of Bern (and 1998 – 2001)

  • 2003
    Fellow, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen

  • 2002 – 2003
    Coordinator at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, University of Bern

  • 2002
    Phd in history at the University of Bern

Selected publications

  • Pränatale Zeiten. Das Ungeborene und die Humanwissenschaften (1800-1950), Berlin/Basel 2018: Schwabe (in preparation: english translation with Zone Books)

  • Entzweiungen. Die Krise der Ehe um 1900, Köln/Weimar/Wien 2004: Böhlau.

  • «Towards a Political Economy of the Maternal Body. Claiming Maternal Filiation in Nineteenth-Century French Feminism», in: Erdmute Albers et al. (Hg.), The Politics of Making Kinship. Historical and Anthropological Perspectives (in print).

  • «Traversing Birth: Continuity and Contingency in Research on Development in Nineteenth-Century Life and Human Sciences». In: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 37 (2015) 1, 50–67.

  • «Historische Anthropologie nach der Kultur. Anthropologische Potentiale für eine rekursive Geschichtsschreibung». In: Historische Anthropologie, 26 (2018) 2.



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Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • President, Swiss Society for Economic and Social History

  • Swiss Social Archives (Schweizerisches Sozialarchiv), Board Member

  • Historische Anthropologie, Editorial Board

  • L’Homme. European Journal for feminist historiography, Editorial Board

Media coverage

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Other activities and achievements/family

  • Two children


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