Simone Lässig

Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC with its Pacific Regional Office at University of California Berkeley

Thomas Lindenberger

Director of the Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies  and Professor at the TU Dresden


Mehrunissa Ali (Toronto Metropolitan University)

Dr. Mehrunnisa Ali is a professor at the Toronto Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on migrant and refugee children, youth and families. Her recent video documentary on thirteen Syrian children (available at with captions in Arabic, English, French) has been viewed in many countries. She is editing a book on ethics of research with refugee children, youth and families (under review by UBC Press). A project she is leading involves four countries – Australia, Canada, China and India – in co-creating knowledge about migrant families and international collaborative research. 

Rich Lee (University of Minnesota)

Richard M Lee, PhD is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He received his PhD in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996 and previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin before coming to Minnesota in 2000. Dr. Lee uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches to study how cultural, ethnic, and racial experiences relate to the development, well-being, and mental health of minoritized youth and families. He is specifically interested in ethnic-racial identity development, acculturation processes, cultural socialization practices, and ethnic-racial discrimination. A major line of research involves the longitudinal study of how Korean adoptees raised in White families navigate growing up transracially and transnationally.

Kay Tisdall (University of Edinburgh)

Kay Tisdall is Professor of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh. She is part of the Childhood and Youth Studies at Moray House School of Education and Sport. Her policy, academic and teaching work is centred around childhood studies and children’s human rights. She undertakes collaborative research with children, young people and adults on such as areas as children affected by domestic abuse, family law, inclusive pedagogy for young children, young people’s mental health, and children’s participation and activism. She is involved in a number of partnership projects, with teams in countries ranging from Brazil, Canada, Eswatini, India, Palestine, and South Africa, funded by such organisations as the British Academy, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council the European Commission, Global Challenges Research Fund, and UK Research and Innovations.

John Wall (Rutgers University)

John Wall is Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Childhood Studies, as well as Director of the Childism Institute, at Rutgers University Camden. He is a theoretical ethicist who works in political philosophy, post-structuralism, and childhood studies. He is the author of Give Children the Vote: On Democratizing Democracy, Children’s Rights: Today’s Global Challenge, Ethics in Light of Childhood, and Moral Creativity, as well as numerous edited volumes and articles on childism, children and politics, and social theory. He co-founded an international organization called the Children’s Voting Colloquium, helped to create North America’s first doctoral program in Childhood Studies, and chaired the Childhood Studies and Religion Group at the American Academy of Religion.


Emily Bruce

Emily Bruce is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota Morris. Her first book, Revolutions at Home: The Origin of Modern Childhood and the German Middle Class, was published in July 2021 by the University of Massachusetts Press as part of the interdisciplinary Childhoods series. Other recent publications include work on girlhood and youth periodicals, children’s letter writing, and comparative domestic education in Social Science HistoryPaedagogica Historica, and the Journal of Modern Chinese History. Her new research investigates siblinghood across the life course in German, Irish, and French Canadian migrations to the United States, 1840–1930.

Stephanie Olsen

Stephanie Olsen (Ph.D, FRHistS), is an historian of childhood and youth, education, experiences and the emotions, with a particular focus on the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is a Senior Researcher at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (Tampere University), having previously held positions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Center for the History of Emotions (Berlin) and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  She is the author/co-author of two monographs, Juvenile Nation: Youth, Emotions and the Making of the Modern British Citizen (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Learning How to Feel: Children’s Literature and the History of Emotional Socialization, c. 1870-1970 (Oxford University Press, 2014), and the editor of Childhood, Youth and Emotions in Modern History: National, Colonial and Global Perspectives (Palgrave, 2015). Along with Heidi Morrison, she is the editor of the 4-volume Children, Childhood and Youth in the Long Nineteenth Century: A Global Primary Source Collection (Routledge). She co-edits the journal History of Education.

Beatrice Scutaru

Dr Beatrice Scutaru is a Lecturer in International History at Maynooth University. A historian of modern and contemporary Europe, she specialises in transnational history, migration, childhood and identity/belonging, with a special focus on the Cold War. Dr Scutaru recently co-edited Child Migration and Biopolitics. Old and New Experiences in Europe (Routledge 2020). The volume offers a fresh interdisciplinary analysis into the lives of migrant children and youth over the course of the 20th century and up to the present day. She also co-authored the first synthetic overview of the institutionalisation of young girls and women in Bon Pasteur institutions (France) during the second half of the 20th century (under contract with Presses Universitaires de Rennes).  

Lauren Stokes

Lauren Stokes is an Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University, where she teaches classes on German and European history, migration history, and the history of gender and sexuality. Her first book, Fear of the Family: Guest Workers and Family Migration in the Federal Republic of Germany, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2022. It investigates the history of “family reunification” in West Germany, showing how the state responded to and regulated the migration of children, parents, and a diverse cast of other family members.



Kimberly Cheng

Kimberly Cheng ( is a PhD Candidate in the Joint PhD Program in Hebrew and Judaic Studies/History at New York University. Her major field is Modern Jewish History, and her minor field is Modern Chinese History. Her dissertation focuses on encounters between Central European Jewish refugees and their Chinese neighbors in WWII Shanghai and has been supported by the USC Shoah Foundation, Leo Baeck Institute, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She holds an M.S. Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Anca Cretu

Doina Anca Cretu is a historian of modern Europe with a focus on foreign aid, migration, and human rights. She is currently a Research Fellow within the European Research Council Consolidator Grant project “Unlikely Refuge? Refugees and Citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th Century,” hosted by the Masaryk Institute and Archives in Prague, Czech Republic. Anca holds a Ph.D (2018) in International History at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She was recently a 2019-2020 Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. Previously, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna, University of Oxford, and the Graduate Center, City University of New Yok. Anca is currently developing her first monograph, preliminarily titled “In Quest of an Ideal: Foreign Aid and State Reconstruction in Interwar Romania.” 

Laura Hobson Faure

Laura Hobson Faure is professor of modern history at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University-Paris 1, where she holds the chair of Modern Jewish history. She is a member of the Center for Social History (UMR 8058). Her research focuses on the intersections between French and American Jewish life, during and after the Holocaust.  She is the author of Un « Plan Marshall Juif »: la présence juive américaine en France après la Shoah (forthcoming in English: A “Jewish Marshall Plan:” the American Jewish Presence in Post-Holocaust France, Indiana University Press, 2022) and co-editor of L’Œuvre de Secours aux Enfants et les populations juives au XXème siècle. Prévenir et Guérir dans un siècle de violences. She is currently writing a two-volume study on Jewish child refugees in France and the United States, during and after the Holocaust, exploring the connection between wartime experiences and later activism as Holocaust survivors and editing a collective volume on Children “without family” in 20th Century Conflicts with Manon Pignot and Antoine Rivière. 

Sheer Ganor

Sheer Ganor is a historian of German-speaking Jewry and modern Germany. Her work focuses on the nexus of forced migration, memory and cultural identities. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled In Scattered Formation: Displacement, Alignment and the German-Jewish Diaspora. This study traces the emergence of a transnational diasporic network of Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi Germany and its annexed territories. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Sheer held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the German Historical Institute. She has published in the Journal of Contemporary History, the German Historical Institute Bulletin Supplement and others. Her research has been supported by a variety of institutions, including the Leo Baeck Institute, Central European History Society and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

Olga Gnydiuk

Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher at the CEU working on the topic of welfare provision for working mothers and children in the project “ZARAH: Women’s Labour Activism in Eastern Europe and Transnationally, From the Age of Empires to the Late 20th century”. In 2019 I have defended a PhD dissertation titled “Who is a ‘Ukrainian’ child? UNRRA/IRO welfare workers and the politics of unaccompanied children of presumed Ukrainian origin in the aftermath of WWII (1945-1952)” at the European University Institute. Now I am working on turning my dissertation in a book manuscript. I also received a master degree in history at the EUI (2014) and in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge (2012).

Bettina Hitzer

Bettina Hitzer (PD, PhD) holds a Heisenberg Fellowship at Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies (Dresden) and is Privatdozentin at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2014-2020, she was Leader of the Minerva Research Group “Emotions and Illness: Histories of an Intricate Relation” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. She is the winner of the 2020 Leipzig Book Fair Prize for her most recent book, Krebs fühlen (2020) and author or (co-)editor of eight books and four special issues, most recently Auf der Suche nach einer anderen Medizin: Psychosomatik im 20. Jahrhundert (2019), “Tech-Fear” (Technikgeschichte, 2019) and “History of Science and the Emotions” (Osiris, 2016). In her current research project, she is investigating the post-1945 history of child adoption in both Germanys. 

Friederike Kind-Kovács

Friederike Kind-Kovács is since 2018 senior researcher at the Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies at the TU Dresden. In 2019 she was habilitated at the University of Regensburg. Her habilitation, which will appear as a monograph, entitled Budapest’s Children: Humanitarian Relief in the Aftermath of the Great War, with IUP in 2022, won the “Regensburg Prize for Women in Academia and the Arts.” She is also the author of Written Here, Published There: How Underground Literature Crossed the Iron Curtain, for which she won the University of Southern California Book Prize in Cultural and Literary Studies in 2015.

Simone Laqua-O’Donnell

Simone Laqua-O’Donnell studied at the Universities of Hamburg, Cambridge and Oxford, where I she wrote her doctoral thesis on women and early modern Catholic reform at Balliol College. In 2006, she was awarded a Research Fellowship at Downing College, Cambridge. In 2009, Simone joined the School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham (UK). 

Magali Michelet

Magali Michelet studied modern and contemporary history as well as German philology and comparative literature at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), the University of Münster (Germany) and at the Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). In 2018, she published a revised version of her Master’s thesis entitled “Dream and Reality of an Exile“, in which she focused on the first and second generations of Czechoslovak exiles in Switzerland after the repression of the Prague Spring, 1968. She is currently working on a PhD thesis in the framework of a Swiss SNSF Project directed by Prof. Kristina Schulz at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) called “The Children of the Wardrobe” in Switzerland (1946-2002). It concerns the children of foreign seasonal workers during the second post-war period who were not allowed to join their parents in Switzerland, but who chose to defy the law in order to reunite their families illegally. Some of these children were thus unable to leave the “house” or go to school in Switzerland. Working primarily with oral history, Magali Michelet is interested above all in the life paths, experiences and multiple dimensions of the memory of these former “hidden children.”

Rosemarie Peña

Dr. Rosemarie Peña is the founder and president of the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA). In this role, she has co-produced and hosted four international academic conferences since 2011. A fifth conference planned for April 2020 at Rutgers-Camden was  postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rosemarie earned bachelors degrees in Psychology and German and both her MA and PhD in Childhood Studies at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. Her research explores displaced childhoods; particularly, the historical and contemporary intersections of transnational adoption and child migration. Her dissertation, The Rekinning: Portraying Postwar Black German Transnational Adoption, is a discourse analysis of  two historical documentary films. Rosemarie has presented at numerous conferences and is a frequently invited keynote, internationally. She is a contributing author in several edited volumes published in both German and English. Her peer reviewed articles appear in The Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood, Genealogy Journal, and the Journal of Adoption and Culture. Rosemarie’s most recent essay, “Stories Matter: Contextualizing the Black German American Adoptee Experience(s)” is included in Marion Kraft’s edited volume Children of the Liberation: Transatlantic Experiences and Perspectives of Black Germans of the Post-War Generation in 2019.

Susanne Quitmann

Susanne Quitmann is a doctoral candidate and research assistant in the DFG-funded project The Voices of British Child Migrants, which is associated with the Munich Centre for Global History (LMU Munich). Her research focusses on the British child migration schemes to Canada and Australia (1869–1960s) and the role children’s voice play(ed) in history. Analyzing how historians can attend to marginalized figures’ voices, the project ties in with Subaltern Studies, Global History, and Childhood Studies. The project aims at refining the analytical concept of “voices” and use it to analyze the experiences of British child migrants. Before coming to Munich, Susanne Quitmann studied history, global history, and political science at the University of Heidelberg, Royal Holloway University of London, and Yale University, where she also worked as a Teaching Assistant.

Chelsea Shields

Chelsea Schields is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. Her scholarship explores the histories of sexuality, race, and the politics of decolonization in modern Europe and the Caribbean. Her first book, Offshore Attachments: Oil and Intimacy after Empire, examines how the age of oil and the end of empire brought renewed intervention in Caribbean intimate life. Her second project, Moynihan in Europe: Racial Knowledge in the Age of Decolonization, explores how social scientific studies of black family life traveled across an Atlantic space and shaped social policies in Europe. With Dagmar Herzog, she is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism. Recent articles have appeared in Radical History Review (2020), Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques (2019), and Gender & History (2019). 

Kelly Condit-Shrestha

Kelly Condit-Shrestha is a transnational U.S. historian of migration, childhood, adoption, critical race, and Asian American studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her work has been featured in zeitgeschichte, Adoption & Culture, Youth Circulations, and U.S. History Scene. Her most recent publication is the chapter contribution, “Archives, Adoption Records, and Owning Historical Memory,” in the edited volume Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents: Innovative Approaches to Research Across Space and Time (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Adoption and American Empire: Migration, Race-Making, and the Child, 1845–1988.

Swen Steinberg

Swen Steinberg is a historian and lecturer in the Global & International Studies at the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa and the Department of History at Queen’s University in Kingston. As postdoctoral researcher, Swen is affiliated with the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC and its Pacific Regional Office at UC Berkeley, he also serves as a Research Ambassador of the German Academic Exchange Service. Early in 2019, Swen joined the Advisory Committee of the Austrian Archive for Exile Studies and the Exile Library in Vienna. He is the editor of the Blog “Migrant Knowledge” and organizer of the Migrant Knowledge Network (, he is also a board member of the German Studies Collaboratory (  Swen’s most recent interests are located at the intersection of migration and knowledge, borderland networks, refugees from Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe, and especially unaccompanied minors. Most recent articles include “On Austrian Refugee Children: Agency, Experience and Knowledge in Ernst Papanek’s ‘Preliminary Study’ from (1943)” (Journal of Austrian-American History, 2021) and “Knowledge from Five Continents. Escape Destinations in Publications of German-speaking Political Refugees, 1933-40” (Mediations through Exile: Cultural Translation and Knowledge Transfer on Alternative Routes of Escape from Nazi Terror, eds. P. Strobl, S. Korbel, 2021). Recent special issues include Refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe in British Overseas Territories in the Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies (2020, with Anthony Grenville), Knowledge and Young Migrants in KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge (2019, with Simone Lässig), and Knowledge and Migration in Geschichte und Gesellschaft (2017 with Simone Lässig).

Emma Wyse

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Queen’s University. I received my BA from McGill University in History and Western Religions, and my MA in History from Queen’s University. My research examines the movement of British Jewish children to Canada and Australia in the Second World War. In particular I am interested in how Jewishness was perceived by the host countries, and how pro-British migration attempts conflicted with anti-Semitic attitudes, at the government level, the level of intermediary organizations like the Children’s Aid Society, and of host families taking in evacuee children.