Sophie Schwarzmaier is the Academic Coordinator for the International Max Planck Research School Knowledge and Its Resources: Historical Reciprocities (IMPRS-KIR). She is responsible for the implementation of decisions by the IMPRS Teaching Faculty and for liaising with students and faculty members from all involved partner institutions. Sophie also serves as an intermediary between the governing body, the administration, and the students whose first cohort will be received at the MPIWG in September 2022.
Sophie has a BA in Cultural Studies and an MA in Cultural History from the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), having spent part of her studies at the Sciences Po Paris and the University of Łódź. In her PhD thesis, centered around the biography of the Polish psychologist Józefa Joteyko (1866–1928), she analyzed gender orders in science and transnational expert networks between Belgium and Poland at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Prior to her PhD, Sophie worked as an administrative assistant at the Viadrina Center B/Orders in Motion, as well as a research assistant and teacher at the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences at the European University Viadrina. Furthermore, she has assisted in the organization of conferences and projects fostering cultural exchange in Europe.