Sarah Lemmen

Fellow in the History of Migration
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Phone +1.202.387.3355

Biographical Summary

Sarah Lemmen is a historian of Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, specializing in the history of the Bohemian lands/Czechoslovakia. With a strong focus on cultural history, her expertise includes transnational and global history, the history of travel and tourism, Cold War Border Studies, and the history of exile and migration.

Her completed dissertation project tells a story of Czech globalization from the 1880s to the 1930s based on accounts by Czech travelers in Africa, Asia, Australia and South America, asking how a “small”, landlocked Central European nation dealt with questions of global outreach and economic competition as well as colonialism and racism. The dissertation received the Grete-Mostny-award of the University of Vienna and will be published under the title “Tschechen auf Reisen. Repräsentationen der außereuropäischen Welt und nationale Identität in der tschechischen Gesellschaft, 1890-1938,” with Böhlau Verlag in late 2017. 

Her current book project researches East European exile during the Cold War, focusing on institutions and networks, their outreach to the international press and on transnational smuggling.

After holding various research positions at GWZO Leipzig, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and the Public Sphere, and the University of Vienna, Sarah Lemmen has been assistant professor at the University of Bremen since 2014. Starting September 2017, Sarah Lemmen is fellow in the history of migration at GHI Washington, DC.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Cultural history of Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Global and transnational history
  • History of travel and tourism as well as travel writing
  • Cold War Border Studies
  • History of exile and migration
  • Cultural history of ports and shipping