Jan C. Jansen

Research Fellow

German Historical Institute Washington
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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 major project on refugee movements during the Atlantic age of revolutions (1780s-1820s), for which he has recently been awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC).

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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