Michael Goebel Portrait

Michael GOEBEL

Former Professor, International History and Politics
Pierre du Bois Chair Europe and the World
Taught in 2018-2021
Spoken languages
English, French, German, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Immigrants, refugees, diasporas
  • Urban questions
  • State-building
  • Global history
  • European history
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • South America
  • Western and Central Europe


PhD, University College London
Prior to his arrival at the institute in 2018, Michael Goebel was Professor of Global History at Freie Universität Berlin (2014–18), a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard University (2012–13), and a Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute (2008–11). Originally a historian of postcolonial Latin America, he holds a Ph.D. from University College London (2006). His main interests are the modern histories of nationalism, of migration, and of cities. His 2015 book Anti-Imperial Metropolis won the American Historical Association’s 2016 Jerry Bentley Prize of World History. A founding member of the Global Urban History Project, he currently researches the relationship between inequalities and cities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


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  • Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism
    (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
    (Winner of the Jerry Bentley Prize in World History, 2016, American Historical Association)
  • (...translated into French as: Paris, capitale du tiers monde: comment est née la révolution anticoloniale
    [Paris: La Découverte, 2017].)
  • Overlapping Geographies of Belonging: Migrations, Regions, and Nations in the Western South Atlantic
    (Washington, DC: American Historical Association, 2013).
    Argentina’s Partisan Past: Nationalism and the Politics of History (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2011).
  • (...translated into Spanish as: La Argentina partida: Nacionalismos y políticas de la historia [Buenos Aires: Prometeo, 2013].)

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