Sören Urbansky

Research Fellow
German Historical Institute
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Washington DC 20009
Phone +1.202.387.3355

Biographical Summary

Sören Urbansky is a historian of Russia and China in the modern era, specializing in imperial and racial entanglements, emigration and the history of borders. Before he joined the GHI in 2018, he has taught Chinese and Russian history at the Universities of Munich and Freiburg and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Kolonialer Wettstreit: Russland, China, Japan und die Ostchinesische Eisenbahn (Frankfurt: Campus, 2008) and Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020). He is currently embarking on a new project that examines anti-Chinese sentiments in a global perspective.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Russia, the Soviet Union and China (18th - 20th centuries)
  • Imperial entanglements in Northeast Asia
  • Chinese diaspora in the Pacific
  • Borders and Infrastructures
  • Sinophobia
  • Global, Transnational, and Micro History
  • Inaccessible Archives

GHI Research Project

  • "Faces of Fear: Anti-Asian sentiments from a global perspective" Read on

Professional Positions

since 2018Research Fellow, German Historical Institute Washington DC
2016 - 2017Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
2014 - 2017Assistant Professor of Russian and Asian Studies, Department of History, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
2009 - 2014Lecturer of East Asian History, Department of History, University of Freiburg