Uwe Lübken joined the Rachel Carson Center in 2009 as a research fellow; he is currently the Director of the project "Disaster Migration in a Historical Perspective," which is part of "Climates of Migration," a joint project between the RCC and the KWI Essen. He completed his habilitation thesis on the history of flooding on the Ohio River in 2010; it will be published as part of the RCC series, Umwelt und Gesellschaft, with Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht in 2012.
He studied history and economics at the University of Cologne, where he received an MA in 1996. He was awarded a dissertation fellowship by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and research grants by the German Historical Institute (Washington DC), the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (Hyde Park, New York), the Rockefeller Archive Center (Sleepy Hollow, New York), and the Roosevelt Study Center (Middelburg, Netherlands). In 2002, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Cologne, where his dissertation “Bedrohliche Nähe: Die USA und die nationalsozialistische Herausforderung in Lateinamerika” was awarded the Erhardt Imelmann Prize. The revised dissertation was published as a book in 2004 by the Steiner Verlag. From 2004 to 2008, he worked as a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. He has taught American history at the University of Cologne and LMU Munich, and postwar German and European history at the Cologne School of Journalism.
CV and list of publications (pdf, 83 KB)
Current Research Project: A Global History of Disaster Migration (pdf, 11 KB)