Current Visiting Scholars

Yunqing Chen

Ph.D. Student, Department of History, Tsinghua University, China

Yunqing’s research focuses on the history of early China and excavated documents, especially everyday governance of the Qin and Han empires. Her dissertation deals with Qin-Han officials’ usage of seals, aiming to investigate the structuring bureaucracy. She is also interested in state formation and local administration in ancient China and Rome from a comparative perspective.

Maximilian Feichtner

Ph.D. student, Environmental Humanities, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), Germany

Maximilian Feichtner is a PhD student in Environmental Humanities at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich). In his thesis, he traces the large-scale transformations triggered by petroleum exploration and production in the Ecuadorean Amazon from the 1920s to the 1990s, with a special focus on hazardous waste management and oil worker's biographies. Maximilian is part of the Emmy-Noether Research Group “Hazardous Travels: Ghost Acres and the Global Waste Economy.” He holds a joint M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Freiburg and the University of Cape Town. While at UC Berkeley, he will conduct archival research, network and present his research at the UC Berkeley Latin American History working group.

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Josephine Musil-Gutsch

PhD Student, History of Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany

In her project, she investigates collaboration between sciences and humanities in Germany around 1900. She researches the early uses of scientific methods, like microchemical analysis or X-ray in  art history, paleography and assyriology. Last year, she was a Vossius fellow at the University of Amsterdam. She recently published a paper on cooperation between botany and paleography around 1900. While at UC Berkeley, she is going to revise and submit a paper on research practices in cooperations between humanities and sciences, conduct research for her PhD, network and present her work.

Matthew Guariglia

Visiting Research Scholar 

Matthew Guariglia finished his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut in April 2019 where his research and teaching focused on the intersection of racial and ethnic formation, state building and state power, and urban policing in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At UC Berkeley he is turning his dissertation into a monograph which analyzes how U.S. colonial governance in the Philippines and Caribbean, understandings of racial difference, technological and intellectual connections with Europe, and demographic shifts caused by migration and immigration, changed policing in New York City. His other research concerns the history of surveillance, the state's relationship to information, technologies of governance, and the relationship between bureaucracy, power, and state violence. He currently serves as a Policy Analyst for surveillance and privacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and his writing can be seen in the Washington PostMuckRock, and the Urban History Association's blog The Metropole, where he serves as the founding editor of the "Disciplining the City" series. 

Alison Klairmont Lingo

Research Associate

Jennifer M. Miller

Assistant Professor of History, Dartmouth College

Jennifer M. Miller is an assistant professor of History at Dartmouth College and scholar of U.S. foreign relations since 1945, focusing on interactions between the United States and Northeast Asia. She received her Ph.D. in the history of U.S. foreign relations and international history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Her research examines the intersections between foreign policy and domestic ideas, ideologies, and political narratives; her work explores how post-World War II interactions between America and East Asia transformed both sides’ thinking about security, democratic governance, citizenship, and economic order.  Her first book, Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan appeared with Harvard University Press in 2019.  She is currently starting a new project examining how East Asian economic growth (1970s - 1990s) affected American thinking about capitalism, social strength, and economic vitality.

Marius Oesterheld

Ph.D. student, Division of Global History, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Marius Oesterheld is a Ph.D. candidate at the Freie Universität Berlin and member of the International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies. Drawing on advice literature published in China between 1899 and 1934, which interwove various strands of Chinese moral philosophy with elements of Anglo-American popular liberalism – often mediated by Japanese translators – his Ph.D. project explores the role of work and productivity within self-help and self-improvement discourses in early 20th century China.

Having completed his undergraduate studies in history, cultural anthropology and art history at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and University College London, Marius earned an M.A. in Global History from Freie Universität Berlin with a thesis on Chinese and Japanese translations of Samuel Smiles’ Self- Help. In 2016, he was a Global Humanities Junior Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include the history of emotions, conceptual history and digital humanities.

Helge Jonas Pösche

Ph.D. student, Humboldt University Berlin / Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany

Helge studied History and Social Sciences and received his M.A. from Humboldt University in 2017. He then joined the International Max Planck Research School "Moral Economies of Modern Societies“ in Berlin. His research interests include Social and Economic History, History of Law, and Micro History, in 20th-century Germany but also in transnational and comparative perspective. In his Ph.D. project, supervised by Prof. Alexander Nützenadel, Helge tries to challenge our understanding of the History of the German Welfare State. Beginning in the 1920s and spanning the whole 20th century, he investigates how people used individual lawsuits at social courts to gain benefits from the state and to  put forward their ideas of just distribution, sometimes influencing social policy through a bottom-up dynamic. During his time in Berkeley, Helge seeks to get on with his chapters and to discuss his topic with international and U.S. scholars.

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Juniele Rabêlo de Almeida

Associate Professor of History, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil 

Juniele Rabêlo de Almeida is Associate Professor of History at Universidade Federal Fluminense (Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Her current research project examines the historical representation and understanding of social inequality in Brazil.  Working with Professor Emeritus Richard Cándida Smith as her faculty sponsor, she plans during her stay at Berkeley to begin a dialogue between the Laboratory of Oral and Image History at UFF and the Oral History Center at UC Berkeley.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo in 2010.  Her dissertation, “Tropas em protesto: o ciclo de movimentos reivindicatórios dos policiais militares brasileiros,” examines the political and trade union organization of Brazilian elite state and federal police troops during the 1990s and the impact of their movement on political and social life in the country.  Her dissertation was published in 2015 as Tropas em protesto: manifestações policiais militares no Brasil, anos 1990.  Recent publications include Corpo-História e resistência libertária (2019), História oral e educação: experiência, tempo e narrativa (2019), and História oral e movimento social: narrativas públicas (2016) as well as numerous articles on the history of Brazilian police, censorship during the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985), and debates over the democratization of Brazilian education.  

Britt Schlünz

Ph.D. student, Humboldt University Berlin/ Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany

 Britt Schlünz is a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate at Humboldt University Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. She is member of the International Max Planck Research School "Moral Economies of Modern Societies". Britt studied History and Philosophy at Humboldt University and University College London and earned an M.A. in History with a thesis on 19th-century German Culture Wars between the sciences and Catholic lay piety. In 2018 she was a visiting researcher at the German Historical Institute in Rome. Drawing on ecclesiastical and civic archival sources from Spain, Cuba and the Vatican Archives, Britt’s Ph.D. thesis investigates the relation of piety and politics in 19th-century Spain, with the focus on the renewal and adaption of Catholic devotion in the age of liberalism.  


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Christoph W. Zimmer

Ph.D. student, Department of East Asian Studies, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany 

Christoph Zimmer holds a Baccalaureate in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome and a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Classical Latin. He obtained his Master of Education degree from the Georg-August University of Göttingen in the subjects of Chinese, Latin, and Philosophy. He is especially interested in the intersection between philosophy, theology, literature and global cultural exchange. In his Ph.D. thesis, he focuses on loyalty conflicts that occurred during the Christian China Mission in the 17th century. While at UC Berkeley he will conduct different archival work, collect sources and search for suitable methodological approaches.  

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