This is me.

Hello, I’m Marie, a historian by training, specializing in global economic history and the history of development, as well as postcolonial business history.

The role of Africa and Asia in the context of post-colonial development policy is particularly important to me, and I have in-depth regional knowledge of Ethiopia and West Africa.

I write, research, manage and teach, and am a mother of three.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the department for economic and social history at Philipps-Universität in Marburg. I’m a passionate advocate of structural reforms that will make academia a better working environment for everyone.

I’m dedicated to promoting the visibility of women experts across diverse backgrounds and engaging in research communication through various platforms, including social media. I love thinking about the way we work and exploring innovative approaches to research management and practice.

Throughout 2023, I am working on my second book on aviation in postcolonial Africa. For a complete list of my research publications, visit my profiles on google scholar or ORCID.


since 04.2022

Philipps Universität Marburg
Institute for History, Chair for Economic and Social History

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

03.2019 – 3.2022

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Institute for History, Chair for Economic and Social History

Principal Investigator: DFG-Project “Aviation in Postcolonial Africa” | Postdoctoral Research Fellow

10.2019 – 12.2019

Université Felix-Houphouet-Boigny, Cocody Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Visiting scholar

03.2017 – 09.2018

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Institute for African and Asian Studies

Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow

12.2015 – 07.2016

Institute for Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University
Centre Français des études éthiopiennes, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Consultant for Tourism and Heritage | Visiting Scholar

09.2014 – 06.2015

Université Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne, Paris, France

Visiting doctoral student

09.2013 – 12.2017

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

PhD, Doctoral Project “UNESCO World Heritage in Ethiopia”

Final grade: Magna cum laude

10.2003 – 09.2010

Technische Universität Berlin 

Magistra Artium (M.A.): History and Sociology

Grants and Awards

open-access funding by the HU Berlin and the Gerda Henkel Foundation

DFG Grant for a research project and temporary position as PI (“Eigene Stelle”)

PostDoc Fellowship of the Humboldt University of Berlin

Doctoral scholarship of the Gerda Henkel Foundation