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Dr. Isabella Löhr, photo © Jakob Adolphi

PD Dr. Isabella Löhr

Centre Marc Bloch
Friedrichstraße 191
D-10117 Berlin

e-mail: isabella.loehr ( at )

Isabella Löhr

Contemporary History & Historical Migration Research

A historian of global and international history, Isabella Löhr’s research interests focus on European history in global contexts, including Western and Eastern European perspectives. In her research she tackles the history of (forced) migration and mobilities with an emphasis on academic mobility and its intersections with modern humanitarianism; the history of knowledge and knowledge production at the crossroad of migration research in the social and cultural sciences, politics and society; and finally she explores the history of international law, internationalism and the complex interplay between global connections and the emergence of modern statehood. Isabella Löhr has also a strong interest in the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of global history.

Deputy Director of the Centre Marc Bloch e.V., Berlin and Corresponding Member of IMIS since October 1, 2021.

From January 2019 until September 2021, Isabella Löhr was head of the Research Group „The Production of Knowledge on Migration“ at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrueck, funded by the Volkswagen-Foundation.

She joined the IMIS in January 2019 after working as senior researcher at the Leibniz-Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) in a project that dealt with the formative impact of Eastern Europe on modern international law. Previously, she worked as assistant professor at the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel, at the History Department of Heidelberg University and at the Institute for Cultural Studies at Leipzig University. Her work has been supported by various scholarships and she has spent time as visiting fellow at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, at the Department of History at Columbia University and at the International Research Centre “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” re:work at Humboldt University in Berlin. She holds a PhD in Comparative Social and Cultural History from the University of Leipzig.