Sören Urbansky

Research Fellow & Head of Office, GHI Pacific Office

Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington
Institute of European Studies | University of California, Berkeley | 249 Philosophy Hall | Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
Phone +1.510.643.4558


Biographical Summary

Sören Urbansky is a historian of Russia and China in the modern era, specializing in imperial and racial entanglements, migration, infrastructure, and the history of borders. He joined the GHI in 2018, first as a research fellow in global and transnational history in Washington, DC, and since 2021 as head of its Pacific Regional Office at UC Berkeley. He is also currently a visiting lecturer at Central European University in Vienna. Sören has previously taught Chinese and Russian history at the Universities of Munich and Freiburg, and he 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) [TV interview with Alexander Kluge], Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020) [New Books Network podcast with Ed Pulford], and An den Ufern des Amur: Die vergessene Welt zwischen China und Russland (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2021) [Radio interview with Deutschlandfunk Kultur]. Sören is currently embarking on a new project that examines anti-Chinese sentiments in a global perspective.

See all his publications on academia.edu.

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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
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