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Dr. Sarah Panter

Member of the academic staff, DFG-project Transatlantische Familien
Room: 04-14, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz
Phone: +49 6131 39 39363


Personal Details:

Born in 1982. Studied Modern History and Political Science at the University of Freiburg (2003-2008) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005-2006). PhD in Modern History (April 2013) at the University of Freiburg on the subject of Jewish experiences during the First World War in Europe and the United States, funded by the German National Academic Foundation (2009-2012), the American Jewish Archives (January-February 2011), the German Historical Institute in London (April-June 2011) and Washington DC (April-May 2012) and the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz (July-December 2012).

Sarah Panter joined the IEG in April 2013. During her first year, she held the position of a research coordinator (Forschungsreferentin). Since May 2014, she has been a member of the academic staff. Parental leave from March until October 2017, in April 2018, July 2021 until March 2022. Completion of the Leibniz Association Mentoring Programme (2020/2021). Since the end of March 2022, head of the DFG project (own position) "Transatlantic Families. The Lives of German Revolutionary Emigres, 1848/49–1914".

Research Interests:

Modern Jewish history in Europe and the United States
Ethnic minorities during the First World War
Transnational and comparative History
Digital humanities and mobility research
Transatlantic migration
History of the European Revolutions of 1848 and their global dynamics


German Association for American Studies (DGfA)
European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH)
Verband der Historikerinnen und Historiker Deutschlands (VHD)

Selected Publications:

Mobilität und Differenzierung. Zur Konstruktion von Unterschieden und Zugehörigkeiten in der europäischen Neuzeit, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2023 (gemeinsam mit Johannes Paulmann und Thomas Weller)
Revolution und transatlantische Migration. 'Familie' als Sonde für internationale Mobilität nach 1848/49, in: Arvid Schors und Fabian Klose (Hrsg.): Wie schreibt man Internationale Geschichte? Empirische Vermessungen zum 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, Frankfurt / New York: Campus 2023, S. 127–149.
Zwischen Verlust und Aneignung von 'Heimat'. Transatlantische Reflexionen deutscher Revolutionsflüchtlinge nach 1848/49, in: Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory 96, no. 3 (2021), S. 276–292 (Open Access).
Beyond Marginalization. The (German)-Jewish Soldiers’ Agency in Times of War, 1914–1918, in: Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 66 (2021), S. 25–39.
Jüdische Erfahrungen und Loyalitätskonflikte im Ersten Weltkrieg, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2014 [=Dissertation].

Research projects:

"Cosmobilities" – Transnational Lives in Dictionaries of National Biography across Europe during the 19th Century

Between 1 May 2014 and 30 April 2015, the feasibility study "Cosmobilities" was carried out at the IEG. The project was jointly managed by Johannes Paulmann and Margit Szöllösi-Janze (Munich); Sarah Panter worked on the project at the IEG, which was funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The starting point was the observation that national biographies of the 19th century are strongly characterised by the appropriation of individual persons in the name of a 'nation'.

Transatlantic Families. The Lives of German Revolutionary Emigres, 1848/49–1914

The project analyses the transatlantic lives of German revolutionary refugees, their wives and children after 1848/49. By relating multiple affiliations, cross-border mobility potentials and revolutionary self-presentations on an equal footing, the project aims to contextualise and in places revise the myth of the "Forty-Eighters" on a historiographical level. Funded by the DFG.