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I’m at work on a dissertation called “Moral Politics: Global Humanitarianism, the Third World, and West Germany, 1960-1990.” It examines West German humanitarian aid to Nigeria and Ethiopia, as well as refugee migrations to West Germany from Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, and Sri Lanka – often via East Berlin. Using church and government archival sources, television footage, ethnographic and medical research, and interviews, the project follows how a diverse, international array of aid workers, activists, journalists, migrants, and bureaucrats transformed Germany’s relation to Africa and the wider world after 1945.

Funding for my research has come from the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Central European History Society, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Center for Philanthropy at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.