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MÜLLER, Viola Franziska


Max Weber Fellow 2019-2020

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+39)-055-4685-237 (ext: 2237)
Office: VPA 106

European University Institute
Max Weber Programme
Via dei Roccettini, 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole

Departmental affiliation: History and Civilisation
Mentor: Regina Grafe
Thematic Group: Citizenship and Migration



Viola Müller is a social historian specialized in nineteenth-century American slavery. She did her PhD at Leiden University and submitted her dissertation on runaway slaves in the American Urban South in August 2019. Stressing the illegal nature of freedom within slaveholding territory, her study analyzed the integration of runaways in the social environment as well as in the labor markets of four cities between 1800 and 1860.

Viola holds a BA in Latin American Studies and Economics from the University of Cologne (2012) and an MA in the History of Migration and Global Interdependence from Leiden University (cum laude, 2015). She also studied at Universitat de Barcelona (2009-2010) and was a short-term fellow at Brown University (2019).

During her time as a Max Weber Fellow, Viola will further pursue her research interests in the fields of slavery, race, and resistance in the Americas, this time approaching illegal freedom through a comparative perspective.

She has gained teaching experience in Colombia, Germany, and the Netherlands.

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