Dr. Jan C. Jansen

Jan C. Jansen

Research Fellow
German Historical Institute
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Washington DC 20009
U.S.A.
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Biographical Summary

Jan C. Jansen joined the GHI as a research fellow in May 2014. His main research interests concern the comparative history of the European colonial empires and decolonization with a particular focus on North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic World. Prior to working at the GHI, he was a fellow and lecturer at the University of Konstanz as well as a visiting researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and at the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain in Tunis. He is the author of Erobern und Erinnern: Symbolpolitik, öffentlicher Raum und französischer Kolonialismus in Algerien 1830–1950 (2013) and co-author, with Jürgen Osterhammel, of Kolonialismus: Geschichte, Formen, Folgen (2012). He recently published Decolonization: A short history (co-authored with Jürgen Osterhammel, Princeton University Press, 2017). He is currently engaged in a book project on the refugees of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) and the reshaping of the French Atlantic.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Modern European, North African, and Atlantic History
  • Colonialism and Decolonization (18th - 20th centuries)
  • Memory Studies
  • Migration and Refugee History
  • History of Sociability in Global Perspective 

GHI Research Project

Professional Positions

since 2014Research Fellow, German Historical Institute Washington DC
2011 - 2014Fellow, Research Group "Global Processes", Modern and Contemporary History, University of Konstanz
2011Visiting Researcher, Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (IRMC), Tunis
2009 - 2011Assistant Professor (Akademischer Mitarbeiter), Modern and Contemporary History, University of Konstanz
2009Visiting Research Student, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London