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Marcia C. Schenck, Professor of Global History


Marcia C. Schenck

Professor of Global History


Campus Am Neuen Palais
Haus 11, 0.02


consulting hours
Wednesday: 1.00- 2.00 p.m.

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Curriculum Vitae

  • 2022 - 2023: 12 month Junior Fellowship at the Historische Kolleg, an Institute for Advanced Study in History in Munich
  • Since 01/2020: Professor of Global History at the Universität Potsdam, Germany
  • 2019: Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University, USA
  • 2018 - 2019: Research Associate in Global History at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • 2017 - 2018: Postdoc at re:work, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • 2013 - 2017: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in History at Princeton University, Dissertation titled: "Socialist Solidarities and Their Afterlives: Histories and Memories of Angolan and Mozambican Migrants in the German Democratic Republic, 1975-2015," USA
  • 2012 - 2013: Mercator Fellow on International Affairs in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Jakarta
  • 2010 - 2012: M.A. in History at Princeton University, USA
  • 2009 - 2010: M.Sc. in African Studies at the University of Oxford, UK
  • 2005 - 2009: B.A. in International Relations at Mount Holyoke College, USA; Certificate in African Studies, Honor’s Thesis in History

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Research Interests

  • Global history
  • African history
  • History of migration, mobility and processes of refuge seeking
  • Labor history
  • Education history
  • Oral and life history
  • History of international organizations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association, USA
  • Lusophone African Studies Association, USA
  • African Studies Association, USA
  • African Studies Association, UK
  • African Studies Association, Germany
  • Migration Laboratory (Labor Migration), Germany
  • The German Network of Forced Migration Researchers [Netzwerk Fluchtforschung], Germany
  • German National Academic Foundation [Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes], Germany
  • Nefia: Network on International Affairs, Germany

Awards and Prizes

  • Distinction: YERUN (Young European Research Universities) Open Science Awards 2023
  • Fellowship: Junior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study "Historischen Kolleg” in Munich (2022-23)
  • Distinction: E-Learning UP Award 2021 for  „Social Online-Teaching at the University of Potsdam“ (2021)
  • Distinction: Finalist of the teaching award of the state of Brandenburg  (2021)
  • Distinction: Certificate of Excellence for Teaching, University of Potsdam, Germany (2020-21)
  • Research fellowship: Visiting Research Scholar, Princeton University, USA (2019)
  • International workshop funding: “Rethinking Refuge: Processes of refuge seeking in Africa and beyond,” Forum for Transregional Studies, Berlin (2019)
  • Research stipend: International Research Center ‘Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History’ (re:work), Berlin (2017-18)
  • Dissertation Writing Fellowship: Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, University of Princeton, USA (2016-17; research grants 2012, 2011)
  • Research Grant: Luso-American Development Foundation & National Library, Portugal (2015)
  • Distinction: Paper Prize of the Lusophone African Studies Organization, African Studies Association (2015)
  • Distinction: American Historical Association, Winner of Graduate Student Blog contest (2015)
  • Dissertation Research Grant: History Department, Princeton University, USA (2014-15)
  • Fellowship: Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs, Mercator Foundation, Germany (2012-13)
  • Five Year PhD Fellowship: History Department, Princeton University, USA (2010-16)
  • Pre-enrolment Language Study Grant: Princeton University, USA (2010)
  • Ioma Evans-Pritchard Scholarship: St. Anne’s College, African Studies Department, University of Oxford, UK (2009-10)
  • Ruth C. Lawson Fellowship in International Politics: Mount Holyoke College, USA (2009-10)
  • Bradwell Memorial Fellowship: Alumnae Association, Mount Holyoke College, USA (2009-10)
  • Distinction: Phi Beta Kappa Society, Theta Chapter, America’s oldest Academic Honor Society, USA (2009)
  • Distinction: Mary Lyon Scholar, BA summa cum laude, Mount Holyoke College, USA (2009)
  • Distinction: Clio-Melpomene Prize for excellent honors thesis in history, Mount Holyoke College, USA (2009)
  • Distinction: Eugenia Warren Herbert Prize for excellence in African history, Mount Holyoke College, USA (2009)
  • Distinction: Student Leadership and Service Award, Mount Holyoke College, USA (2009)
  • Distinction: Who’s Who Among Students, Mount Holyoke College, USA (2009)