Jun.-Prof. Dr. Megan Maruschke

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Megan Maruschke


Global Studies (JP)
Emil-Fuchs-Straße 1, Raum 3.10
04105 Leipzig

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My jump into the field of global studies began as a BA student at the pilot program at the University of California Santa Barbara. While I started off firmly in the social sciences, I became a historian over time, focusing on comparative and transregional perspectives. My first book traces the debates on free trade zones and special economic zones in Mumbai, India, from the 1830s until today. I do so to explored the ways that various elite actors try to connect the city to the world while also fostering national and regional integration. My second book project is concerned with Philadelphia as a border town in the Early Republic US, which focuses on the intersections of boundary production, mobility control, and refugees from 1780-1830. My main areas of interest include:

Global History

Border Studies since the 18th century

Free Ports and Special Economic Zones (19th–21st Centuries)

French and American Imperial Histories

Age of Revolutions

Migration and Refugee History

Berufliche Laufbahn

  • seit 06/2022
    Juniorprofessorin für Global Studies, Global and European Studies Institute, Universität Leipzig
  • 05/2021 - 06/2022
    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung "Globale Mobilität vom 18. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert," im ERC Grant Projekt "Atlantic Exiles: Revolution and Refugees in the Atlantic World, 1780s–1820," Historisches Institute, Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • 02/2021 - 04/2021
    Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Department of History
  • 03/2016 - 04/2021
    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, SFB 1199 “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition,” Universität Leipzig
  • 03/2015 - 02/2016
    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Centre for Area Studies, Universität Leipzig
  • 03/2012 - 02/2015
    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Research Training Group (GK 1261), “Critical Junctures of Globalization,” Centre for Area Studies, Universität Leipzig


  • 03/2012 - 11/2016
    Dr. Phil. summa cum laude Global Studies, Leipzig University
  • 10/2009 - 08/2011
    M.A. Global Studies, Wrocław University and Leipzig University
  • 09/2005 - 06/2009
    B.A. Global Studies and Italian Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
  • 09/2007 - 06/2008
    International Relations, University of Padua (study abroad)

Gremien Mitgliedschaften

  • seit 09/2023
    Vertreterin der Universität Leipzig im Program Committee der International Max Planck Research School "Global Multiplicity. A Social Anthropology for the Now"
  • seit 09/2022
    stellvertretende Vorsitzende (vice-présidente) der Commission internationale d’histoire de la Révolution française
  • seit 06/2023
    Mitglied des Wissenschaftsnetzwerks America 2026

American Boundaries and Refugee Mobilities at the Heart of the Republic and the Edge of Empire (1780-1830)

This book investigates the role of Atlantic exile mobilities in the formation of the early American republic and how the transboundary movement of people fleeing revolution, warfare, and slavery contributed to both the production of boundaries as well as their shifting meaning in a transimperial context during the Age of Revolutions (1770s–1830s). How did the massive movements of refugees during the Age of Revolutions impact the delineations of mobilities and new meanings contemporaries attributed to boundaries?

To explore this question, I situate Philadelphia as a border town in four respects: as a city at the boundary of “free soil” in North America; as an international port city where refugees and migrants arrived; as a place from which arriving refugees planned borderland filibusters, settlement schemes, or Black emigration projects; and as the capital of the US (between 1790 and 1800) where international boundary lines were debated and negotiated. From Philadelphia, this book also looks at places along the US’s boundaries with Britain and Spain, where many exiles and mobile populations had also settled, to ask how shifting boundaries between empires impacted questions of status such as citizenship, freedom, and exile and conversely, how these questions impacted the changing placement and meaning of these boundaries.

  • SFB 1199/B01: Neuverräumlichung der Welt in der Entstehungsphase der Global Condition 1820–1914: Die Amerikas und das französische Empire
    Middell, Matthias
    Laufzeit: 01.2020 – 12.2023
    Mittelgeber: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Beteiligte Organisationseinheiten der UL: Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe); Global and European Studies Institute; SFB 1199: Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen
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  • Zwischen Reform des Empires und nationalstaatlicher Territorialisierung: Der transatlantische Revolutionszyklus 1770–1830
    Middell, Matthias
    Laufzeit: 01.2016 – 12.2019
    Mittelgeber: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Beteiligte Organisationseinheiten der UL: Centre for Area Studies; Global and European Studies Institute; SFB 1199: Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen
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weitere Forschungsprojekte

  • Maruschke, M. M.
    Spatial Frameworks of Comparison: Planning Western India’s Free Ports and Free Trade Zones, 1830s–1980s
    Global Intellectual History. 2023. 8 (6). S. 868–889.
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  • Maruschke, M. M.; Covo, M.
    The French Revolution as an Imperial Revolution
    French Historical Studies. 2021. 44 (3). S. 371–397.
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  • Maruschke, M. M.
    The French Revolution and the New Spatial Format for Empire
    French Historical Studies. 2021. 44 (3). S. 499–528.
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  • Maruschke, M. M.
    Portals of Globalization: Repositioning Mumbai’s Ports and Zones, 1833-2014
    Berlin: De Gruyter. 2019.
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  • Maruschke, M. M.
    Zones of Reterritorialization: India’s Free Trade Zones in Comparative Perspective, 1947 to the 1980s
    Journal of Global History . 2017. 12 (3). S. 410–432.
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weitere Publikationen

  • The Early Age of Revolutions (1776-1804) in Global History and Global Studies

    Winter 2019/2020

  • Portals of Globalization: A Perspective in Global History

    Winter 2018/2019; Winter 2017/2018

  • Portals of Globalization: Histories of Places and People that Provincialize Europe

    with Katja Naumann and Geert Castryck; Winter 2016/2017

  • Portals of Globalization: Examples from India

    Summer 2016

  • Transregional Transport: Ports, Enclaves, and Trade Agreements

    Winter School, 2015

  • Entangled Spaces of the Global Economy: Export Processing Zones in Asia

    Summer 2015; Winter 2014/2015; Summer 2014; Summer 2013


Geschichte, USA, Global Studies


Border Studies seit dem 18. Jahrhundert Migration und Flüchtlingsgeschichte (Frei-)Häfen; Sonderwirtschaftszonen (19.–21. Jahrhundert) Globalgeschichte Transimperiale Geschichte (insb. Frankreichs und Nordamerikas) Zeitalter der Revolutionen (1770s-1830s)

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