Former Fellows & Guests

Fellows & Affiliated Former Staff


Prof Emma Hart
University of Pennsylvania

History of the Atlantic World in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, commerce and economic cultures, British Atlantic consumer societies, transnational history of the early modern market place.

Dr James Koranyi
Durham University | [email protected]

European history (mainly Romania and Germany), nineteenth century to present, historical narratives, Cold War history, conceptual issues of identity and memory, migration, east-west paradigms, cultural history.

Dr Davide Rodogno

Graduate Institute, Geneva | [email protected]
European History (mainly the Mediterranean area and Great Britain), nineteenth and twentieth century, Totalitarian, Fascist, and authoritarian regimes, history of humanitarian interventions, international organisations and humanitarian associations.


Visiting Scholars 

Professor Elena Marushiakova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Visit Full AY2014-15)

The Leverhulme Trust has granted a Visiting Professorship for 2015 to Professor Elena Marushiakova, a world-renowned specialist in Roma (‘Gypsy’) studies.  She is the Chair of the Gypsy Lore Society, the oldest scholarly association of Roma studies. The Roma are Europe’s largest stateless ethnic group of 12 million, suffering widespread institutionalized marginalization, exclusion and discrimination comparable to the situation of US African-Americans prior to the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to her pioneering work on Roma political thought (In search of Utopia: Roma visionaries (1865-1971)), Professor Marushiakova will deliver seminars, lectures, supervision and consultation at universities and research institutions in Scotland and across Britain on the Roma, their history, society, politics, economy and culture.

Luca Scholz, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (Visit AY2014-15, 5 months)

PhD Researcher

My doctoral dissertation, entitled “The Enclosure of Movement. Borders, Conduct and Passports in the Holy Roman Empire”, examines the symbolic and factual control exercised by the fragmented polities between the Alps and the North Sea over the movement of goods and people from 1570 to 1680. Using court records, letters of passage, visual sources, administrative correspondence as well as scholarly treatises, this project explores how, why and to what extent early territorial states attempted to master various forms of movement on the roads and rivers crossing their dominions.

Efforts to enclose symbolically and economically important movements prompted incessant strife between travellers and public officials on the one hand, and erudite debates around freedom of movement and its restriction on the other. Centring on these conflicts, my study identifies ‘conduct’ as the chief locus in which the fragmented societies of the Holy Roman Empire negotiated deeply controversial “monopolies over the legitimate means of movement” (John Torpey).

My wider interests bear on the social, cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe, spanning the history of serfdom, the history of mobility and migration, the history of securitisation and political uses of fear, the history of sleep, as well as methodological challenges such as the integration of different scales of analysis and the uses of history in the present.

Tetiana Onofriichuk, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (Visit AY2014-15, 5 months)

PhD Researcher

My research negotiates belonging of Volhynian and Podolian lands simultaneously to different worlds of ideas – Polish, Russian, and European in the course of 18th and 19th centuries. Volhynia, the most eastern territory of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and Podolia, a more western terrain of the Russian Empire, can provide answers to the questions about centre and periphery relations, as well as about the mechanisms of circulation of ideas between Paris, Berlin, London, Warsaw, and Moscow.

The main sources for my inquiry are the memoirs of szlachta that date back to 1770s-1880s. In there I am analyzing diverse and sometimes conflicting views on Enlightenment, Oświecenie, and reforms throughout the end of 18th and 19th century. During this time, peripheral gentry searches for its mental space on the map of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Russian Empire, and thus attempts to re-evaluate its Polish past and to re-define the role of their provinces in the Polish history. Among others, the ideas of Enlightenment, which were brought and on occasion forcefully implemented in the region by pro-European theorists, are in the focus of Volhynian and Podolian noblemen, who deliberately endeavor to weigh the past as well as the future of their lands using Europe as a counterbalance.

Professor Akiyoshi Nishiyama, Kyoritsu Women’s University Tokyo, Japan (Visit AY2013-14, 3 months)

Professor Nishiyama’s work focuses on comparative research on languages and educational systems in the German Empire’s multilingual borderlands of Alsace and Upper Silesia. During his visit he will deliver a lecture for the Late Modern Research Seminar, which will focus on the question of ‘“Dialect” and School. 

He has published widely on the topic of educational policies, politics of language and nation-building in Japanese and German. In his current research Akiyoshi Nishiyama, as a fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin, delves into the transfer of ideas between German and Japanese imperial educational systems before 1945.


Volker Prott, European University Institute (EUI), Florence (Visit: AY2011-12, 6 months)
PhD Researcher

Volker’s areas of interest cover late modern European political and international history with a specific focus on borders. He is working on a PhD thesis entitled ‘International Concepts and Practices of Territorial Borders in the Interwar Period’. Volker visited the Centre for Transnational History on a newly arranged exchange programme between the EUI and St Andrews / Centre for Transnational History.


Prof. Dr. Olaf Mörke, University of Kiel, Germany (Visit AY2011-12, 6 months)

Fields of interest/research: Reformation history, early modern urban history, cultural and political history of the early modern Netherlands, political culture in early modern Europe in a comparative perspective.

Currently, I am writing a book with the provisional title ‚History of the Baltic’ (‚Geschichte des Ostseeraumes’). The survey starts with the neolithicum and ends with the present process of European integration. Its leading idea is focussed on patterns of cultural transfer in a broader sense within the region itself and between the Baltic and the ‘rest of the world’.


Jan Koura, Charles University Prague (Visit AY2008-2009)

PhD Researcher, cold war culture, history and twentieth-century diplomacy