Professor of Global and Colonial History (19th and 20th centuries)
Corinna R. Unger is Professor of Global and Colonial History (19th and 20th centuries) at the Department of History of the European University Institute (EUI). She currently serves as the Head of Department. Together with Professor Joanne Scott, she co-directs the interdisciplinary research Cluster Environmental Challenges and Climate Change Governance. From 2019 to 2022, she served as the Academic Coordinator of CIVICA’s Work Package 5: A European School for the Training for Early Stage Researchers.
Before joining the EUI, she was Associate Professor of Modern European History at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, and Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Washington, DC, USA. She received her PhD from the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 2005.
Her research in recent years has focused on the history of development; on environmental history in international perspective; on the history of agriculture and rurality; and on the history of European science policy. Among her recent publications are “Developing Rural Regions: Europe in the World,” in Liesbeth van de Grift, Dietmar Müller, and Corinna R. Unger, eds., Living with the Land: Rural and Agricultural Actors in Twentieth-Century Europe. A Handbook (Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2023), 61-82; with Iris Borowy and Corinne A. Pernet, “The History of Development: A Critical Overview,” in Corinna R. Unger, Iris Borowy, and Corinne A. Pernet, eds., Routledge Handbook of the History of Development (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022), 3-16; “Making Science European: Towards a History of the European Science Foundation,” Contemporanea 23.3 (2020): 363-383.