Albert Manke

Tandem Fellow in the History of Migration
GHI West - Pacific Regional Office 
of the German Historical Institute Washington DC
Institute of European Studies
249 Moses Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
(510) 643-4558

Biographical Summary

Albert Manke specializes in social history and the dynamics between state actors, individuals and other stakeholders in settings of discrimination, resistance, and mobility in the Americas. His first book, El Pueblo Cubano en Armas (2014, published in German) shows how different sectors of the Cuban society mobilized to defend the Cuban revolution of 1959 against U.S. imperialism and internal opposition and significantly contributes to disentangling the dynamics between control exercised by the Castro government from above and the engagement of individuals and interest groups from below. Following his subsequent research on ethnic migrant groups and on the Cold War on a more global scale, Albert Manke has published articles and co-edited volumes on transnational engagements across the Pacific and the Atlantic - between Asia, Latin America, and Europe. 

From 2013 to 2015, he was the co-director of the University of Cologne Forum ‘Ethnicity as a Political Resource: Perspectives from Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe’, together with the Anthropologist Michaela Pelican, funded by the German Initiative for Excellence. From 2015 to 2016 he was Principal Investigator at the Global South Studies Center Cologne and member of the Research Area "Citizenship and Migration". In 2016, he accepted an appointment at Bielefeld University where he is involved as a Postdoc at the Center for InterAmerican Studies in the project “The Americas as Space of Entanglement”, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. The broad conceptual approach of this Center enabled him to include the United States in his research. His current research at UC Berkeley is part of the larger research project for his second book which will focus on the entangled histories of Asian diasporic communities in the Americas and their strategies towards discrimination during the exclusion era.

Main Areas of Interest

  • History of Latin America and the Caribbean; entanglements with North America, Europe, and South East Asia
  • Migration, ethnicity and constructions of translocal, transnational and transregional identities
  • History of social movements, resistance and revolutions in Latin America
  • Global Cold War History