Marcia C. Schenck


As a global historian of Africa, I am committed to the study of Africa and Africans as an integral part of writing global history. My research interests include the history of migration and processes of refuge seeking, labor history, education history, oral and life history, African and global history and the history of international organizations.

I have accepted a position as Professor of Global History at the University of Potsdam, starting in January 2020. Currently, I am on leave from my position as lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institute, Free University Berlin. As a visiting research scholar at Princeton University's history department, I am working with the Global History Lab and its international partners, and am teaching a small private online course (SPOC), called the History Dialogue Project, targeted at refugee learners and their host country communities in sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region.

I received my Ph.D. in history at Princeton University in September 2017, and hold an M.Sc. in African Studies from the University of Oxford. My dissertation Socialist Solidarities and their Aftermath: Histories and Memories of Angolan and Mozambican migrants to the German Democratic Republic, 1975-2015, traces the lived experience and memories of Angolan and Mozambican migrants to East Germany and back. Peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Africa, African Economic History, Labor History, Stichproben, and Atelier.