Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989 – 1995
    Studies in Modern European History, Medieval History, and German Literature at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and at St. John’s College, University of Oxford, UK

  • 1995
    MA in Modern History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

  • 2001
    PhD in Modern History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

  • 2001 – 2009
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the Historical Institute, University BW Munich

  • 2005 – 2006
    Feodor Lynen Scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Cambridge, UK; Research Fellow of the Faculty of History, Cambridge University

  • 2009 – 2013
    Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of History, University of Bielefeld

  • 2012
    Guest Professor at the University of Mannheim (chair of Prof. J. Paulmann)

  • Since 2013
    Professor of Modern History at the University of Cologne

Selected publications

  • Koloniale Begegnungen: Großbritannien und Deutschland als Imperialmächte in Afrika 1880-1914 [Colonial Encounters: Great Britain and Germany in Africa 1880-1914], Frankfurt a. M./New York (Campus) 2011.

  • Gesundheitspolitik in der Nachkriegszeit. Großbritannien und die Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Vergleich [Health Policy after WWII in Great Britain and West Germany], Munich (Oldenbourg) 2004.

  • (edited with Maren Möhring, Mark Stein, Silke Stroh): Hybrid Cultures, Nervous States. Germany and Great Britain in a (post)colonial world, Amsterdam, New York (Rodopi), 2010.

  • Der Umgang mit neuen Epidemien nach 1945 – nationale und regionale Unterschiede in Europa [Dealing with new Epidemics after 1945 – National and Regional Differences in Europe], in: Malte Thiessen (Hg.): Infiziertes Europa. Seuchen im langen 20. Jahrhundert, München (Oldenbourg) 2014, pp. 115-136.

  • The Transfer of European Social Policy Concepts to Tropical Africa, 1900-50: The Example of Maternal and Child Welfare, in: Journal of Global History, Issue 9 (2014), pp. 208-231.

  • Neuere Kolonialgeschichte und postcolonial studies [New Colonial History and postcolonial studies], Version: 1.0, in: Docupedia-Zeitgeschichte, 15. 4.2011. (

  • Transnational movements between colonial empires: Migrant workers from the British Cape Colony in the German diamond town Lüderitzbucht in: European Review of History – Revue européenne d'histoire 16 (2009), S. 679-695.

  • Contested concepts of “white”/“native” and mixed marriages in German South-West Africa and the Cape Colony 1900-1914: A histoire croisée, in: Journal of Namibian Studies 6 (2009) S. 57-79.

  • Die Krise des Sozialstaats in den Gesundheitssystemen. Gesundheitliche Sicherung in Deutschland, Großbritannien und Schweden nach 1970 [Crisis of the social state in the area of health care. Germany, Great Britain and Sweden after 1970], in: Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 47 (2007), pp. 297-324.

  • Rationalisierungsdiskurse und Aushandlungsprozesse. Der moderne Haushalt und die traditionelle Hausfrauenrolle in den 1960er Jahren [The Modern Household and the Traditional Role of the Housewife in the 1960s], in: Matthias Frese/Julia Paulus/Karl-Heinz Teppe (eds.): Die 1960er Jahre als Wendezeit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Demokratisierung und gesellschaftlicher Aufbruch, Paderborn (Schöningh) 2003, pp. 59-82.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary History, since 2012

  • Elected member of the Board of the German Association of Historians, 2010-2012

  • Member of the interdisciplinary network “(Post)colonial Germany and Britain”, since 2005


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