Dr. Margret Frenz



I am a global, transnational, and imperial historian, with a strong emphasis on comparative social and cultural perspectives. My interests are in how individuals experienced different social positions in colonial and post-colonial settings; how they remember their lives during and especially at the end of colonialism; and how these experiences can be related to the broader, structural history of empires, and of relationships between empires, and across nation-states.

Before taking up a Heisenberg Position at the Institute of History at the University of Stuttgart, I held posts at the Universities of Oxford (Oxford Centre for Global History and St Cross College), Leicester, Berlin, Bayreuth, and Heidelberg. In 2010/11, I was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and in 2015/16, I worked as a Fellow at the Institut d'Études Avancées de Nantes. 


Research Interests

History of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries
• Connected histories: Germany and Europe in a global context
• Comparative colonial and imperial history
• Social and cultural history
• History of migration and memory
• Debates in historiography and methodology