Carolin Roeder obtained her PhD in Modern European History from Harvard University (2017). Prior to joining the MPIWG in 2017, she was a Visiting Lecturer at Mount Holyoke College. In 2021, she is also the István Deák Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.
Carolin is a broadly trained environmental historian with a transnational approach to the histories of Central and Eastern Europe, including the Soviet Union. Engaging with transnational questions of sport, technology, environment, and politics, her current book project explores the internationalization and sportification of recreational climbing in the twentieth century. Appreciating the climber's love for shiny equipment and the experience that nature can be very real and not only constructed, in particular when it comes down on you in the form of falling rock, she is currently exploring new avenues of material history. Previously, she has written on nature conservation in former Yugoslavia and the Soviet search on the Abominable snowman.