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Michael Goebel
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Graduate Institute Geneva
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2

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About My Work
My latest book (Anti-Imperial Metropolis, 2015) deals with the question of how and why interwar Paris became a hatchery for later postcolonial elites and the idea of the "Third World." It thus concerns both urban and global history.
My current project is about the history of ethnic clustering in port cities in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am especially interested in learning more about the links between long-distance connectedness and inequality as manifested in urban space.
Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Overlapping Geographies of Belonging: Migrations, Regions, and Nations in the Western South Atlantic, American Historical Association, Washington DC, 2013.

(co-editor with Nicola Foote), Immigration and National Identities in Latin America, University Press of Florida, 2014.

"'The Capital of the Men Without a Country': Migrants and Anticolonialism in Interwar Paris," in: The American Historical Review, vol. 121, no. 5 (2016), 1444–1467.
Professional Associations
Latin American Studies Association
European Network in Universal and Global History
American Historical Association


Michael Goebel has been Professor of Global and Latin American History at Freie Universität Berlin since June 2015.

His latest book (Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism) has been published by Cambridge University Press in 2015 (watch an interview on the book here). It has won the AHA's Jerry Bentley Prize in World History 2016.

Previously he was Assistant Professor at the Freie Universität. In July 2014 he received his Habilitation in Modern History. After his training as a historian of Latin America in Germany and the UK he worked at University College London, the European University Institute in Florence, and Harvard University. His first book (Argentina's Partisan Past: Nationalism and the Politics of History) was published by Liverpool University Press in 2011, his articles on the history of migration and the global history of nationalism have appeared in journals such as The American Historical Review, Past and Present and Geschichte und Gesellschaft. A co-founder of the Global Urban History blog, his main current interest is the global history of urban ethnic segregation.