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Dr. Megan Marie Maruschke

Wiss. Mitarbeiterin

Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
Nikolaistraße 6-10, Raum 5.40
04109 Leipzig

Telefon: +49 341 97-37766


My current research deals with the history of American boundaries in the long 19th century as part of multiple projects of respatialization, which goes beyond undertsanding the national boundary as a container of state sovereignty. This research is a contribution to the SFB 1199 sub-project, B01 "The Respatialization of the World during the Formation of the Global Condition, 1820–1914: The Americas and the French Empire." In 2016, I finished my PhD at Leipzig within the Research Training Group (GK 1261): “Critical Junctures of Globalization”. I wrote my dissertation on the history of free port and free trade zone practices since the mid-nineteenth century in Mumbai, India. This research focused on zones as tools used to foster state rescaling and reterritorialization projects. Before coming to Leipzig, I studied Global Studies and Italian Studies at UC Santa Barbara, USA; international relations at the University of Padua, Italy; and Global Studies at the University of Wrocław, Poland.

Berufliche Laufbahn

  • seit 03/2016
    Senior Researcher, Global and European Studies Institute and Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199) “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition,” Leipzig University
  • 03/2015 - 02/2016
    Junior Researcher, Centre for Area Studies, Leipzig University
  • 03/2012 - 02/2015
    Junior Researcher, Research Training Group (GK 1261), “Critical Junctures of Globalization,” Centre for Area Studies, Leipzig University


  • 03/2012 - 11/2016
    Ph.D. summa cum laude Global Studies, Leipzig University
  • 10/2009 - 08/2011
    M.A. Global Studies, Wrocław University and Leipzig University
  • 09/2005 - 06/2009
    B.A. Global Studies and Italian Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
  • 09/2007 - 06/2008
    International Relations, University of Padua (study abroad)

My current research is about American boundaries in the long 19th century and how their production was part of a wide variety of spatial projects, not just the creation of national boundaries for containing nation state sovereignty. Following Us Independence, the US and Britain signed a number of treaties: Treaty of Paris (1783), Jay Treaty (1795), Treaty of Ghent (1814). These treaties sought to set a boundary between the US and British North America, but they also tried to remedy a number of other issues such as ensuring free navigation, returning fugitives, and establishing joint patrols to combat the slave trade on the coast of West Africa. A wide-range of spatial projects were threfore at stake. Referencing archives of offficial boundary commissions, I seek to understand the projects involved in the multiple US-Canada boundary commissions, especially regarding navigation and native sovereignty; how the Mexico boundary involved ensuring American commercial and military mobility beyond the southern boundary, in particular culminating in railroad and canal projects on the isthmus; in what way the Monroe doctrine allowed the US to arbitrate boundary disputes across the Americas; and how the boundaries of Liberia, a state founded by African Americans in the mid-century, was also linked to these initial treaties to jointly reduce slave trafficking on the coast of W. Africa as well as to transregional imperial projects.

  • The Early Age of Revolutions (1776-1804) in Global History and Global Studies

    Winter 2019/2020

  • Portals of Globalization: A Perspective in Global History

    Winter 2018/2019; Winter 2017/2018

  • Portals of Globalization: Histories of Places and People that Provincialize Europe

    with Katja Naumann and Geert Castryck; Winter 2016/2017

  • Portals of Globalization: Examples from India

    Summer 2016

  • Transregional Transport: Ports, Enclaves, and Trade Agreements

    Winter School, 2015

  • Entangled Spaces of the Global Economy: Export Processing Zones in Asia

    Summer 2015; Winter 2014/2015; Summer 2014; Summer 2013