Carolin Roeder

Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellows are early career scholars who are ordinarily no more than five years past the granting of the doctorate and who are financed in part or in whole by the MPIWG. These scholars carry minor responsibilities (no more than 10% of their time) within their research unit.
Department III
September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2020

Carolin Roeder obtained her PhD in Modern European History from Harvard University (2017). In 2016-2017 she was a Visiting Lecturer at Mount Holyoke College.

Carolin is a broadly trained environmental historian with a transnational approach to the histories of Central and Eastern Europe, including the Soviet Union. Her dissertation, “European Mountaineers between East and West: A Transnational History of Alpinism,” explored ideas of internationalism in Europe’s long twentieth century. It examined how alpine clubs developed networks across changing political fault lines in an effort to regulate the usage, risk, and environment of mountain spaces. At the MPIWG, Carolin is revising her dissertation for publication. She is also starting a new project on the environmental history of karst landscapes and continues her research on the Soviet search for the Abominable Snowman, a.k.a. the yeti. Carolin is an avid climber herself and has written about her work in several non-academic outlets.

photo ©Lisa Quinones,


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