Professor Jan Plamper

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2012 Jan Plamper is Professor of History at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to that he held fellowships and appointments at the Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin; Historisches Kolleg in Munich; and the University of Tübingen. He obtained a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2001, and a B.A. at Brandeis University in 1992. His books have been translated into several languages, The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power (Yale UP, 2012) won the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies, and he was a fellow at Wissenschaftkolleg in Berlin in 2014-15.

Research project at the Kolleg

The New Germans: An Optimistic History of Migration

This German-language book project is a narrative history of migration to Germany, esp. post-1945 (both West and East), told through life stories of individuals/families who represent the major immigrant groups. This is unabashedly engagé, political history-writing: the book moves toward the positively connoted goal of a different concept of the German nation, more akin to e pluribus unum in the U.S.-it is good to have a particularist identity, e.g. being of Turkish descent, and this particularist identity can coexist with an umbrella identity of Germanness that is much more broadly conceived than is currently the case, where even third-generation Germans of Turkish heritage are called Deutschtürken (German Turks), rather than Türkendeutsche (Turkish Germans).

Main areas of research

  • Modern European and Russian History, esp. 19th and 20th Centuries
  • History of Emotions
  • History of Migration

Positions and memberships

  • Board of Editors, American Historical Review (2013-2016)
  • Associate Editor, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History (2007-2013)
  • Editorial Board, Forschungen zur osteuropäischen Geschichte (2012-)
  • Student Mentor (Vertrauensdozent) for Scholarship Foundation ELES
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society