DAAD Visiting Scholar and Lecturer Spring of 2009
MARLOES JANSON was the DAAD Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in Anthropology and the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University during the Spring Semester 2009. She taught courses on the Anthropology of Religion and Gender and Islam. Marloes Janson is a cultural anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of Islam. She has ethnographic interests in West Africa, especially The Gambia and Senegal. After earning a M.A. from Leiden University (the Netherlands) in cultural anthropology, she undertook graduate training in anthropology at Leiden University, earning her Ph.D. in 2002. After having taught courses in Anthropology at Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam, Marloes Janson became a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) in Leiden, working on the relation between local Islamic expressions and religious reform.
In 2006 she received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin, Germany. Her current research focuses on youthful participation in the Tabligh Jama'at, a transnational Islamic missionary movement originating from India, in The Gambia. The study shows that the Gambian branch of the Jama'at represents a new expression of Islam among young Muslims – young Muslim women in particular – which can be seen as a form of rebellion against the traditional sources of religious authority, residing in the traditional religious specialists and the older generation.
DAAD Visiting Scholar and Lecturer Spring 2008
MATTHIAS OPPERMAN, stayed as a DAAD Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the Center for German and European Studies and at the History Department for the spring semester 2008. He taught HIST 177b: Modern Germany - From Second Empire to Second Republic and a Graduate-level Course: German History after 1945.
He was educated at the universities of Bonn and Reims (France) and earned his Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Bonn in 2006. He then started to work as a speech writer for the German Federal Minister of State for Culture and Media, but decided soon that it would be more appropriate for him not to be in politics, but to reflect on it again as a historian.
Since July 2007, he had been working on a so-called 'Habilitationsschrift', a kind of second Ph.D. dissertation written by everyone in Germany who wants to one day become a tenured university professor.
He was then a stipendiary of the German Historical Institute in Paris researching 19th century French liberalism and became, after his stay at Brandeis University, Assistant Professor for Modern History at the University of Potsdam in May 2008.
Matthias Oppermann had been working in particular on modern German and French history and is a specialist for the history of European political liberalism.
In his dissertation he dealt with the thought of the French-Jewish philosopher Raymond Aron. Working on Aron he learned to analyze modern German history in the manner of one of the preeminent liberal thinkers of 20th century Europe.
Matthias Oppermann is author of 'Raymond Aron und Deutschland: die Verteidigung der Freiheit und das Problem des Totalitarismus', which was released in October of 2008.
DAAD Visiting Professor Spring 2004
Dr. ANDREAS ROEDDER was the DAAD Visiting Professor at Brandeis in the Spring Semester 2004. He taught POL 155: German Political Development After 1945 and a Readings Course in modern German history and politics for Graduate Students.
After graduating from the University of Tübingen, he received his PhD from the University of Bonn in 1994 and is now a Privatdozent at the University of Stuttgart. From 2001 to 2002, he was a fellow at the Historisches Kolleg in Munich. Dr. Roedder is an expert in modern German and British history.
His research interests encompass the Weimar Republic, international relations in the interwar period, the question of German reunification in international context, the history of conservatism, and the political culture of Victorian England. Roedder is the author of numerous articles, and has so far published three books (in German)—on Julius Curtius, the foreign minister who succeeded Gustav Stresemann, on the political culture of Victorian Conservatism, and most recently on German political history from 1969 to 1990.