Univ.-Prof. Dr. Levke Harders


Tel.: +43 512 507-43221




Room: 40733, 7th floor

Please visit this website for the field of Gender History at the University of Innsbruck and this website for the Center Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Innsbruck (CGI)


Events with Gender History staff can be found here.

About me

As a historian, I am primarily concerned with social structures and discourses shaping the daily lives of individuals as well as their own scope for action. I write and teach on gender history, migration history, biography research, and the history of the humanities. My historical questions and empirical methods are influenced by theoretical approaches, also from other fields of knowledge.

After studying Modern German Literature, Modern and Contemporary History, Cultural Studies, and Gender Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, I worked at Humboldt in the field of history of science / humanities and received the PhD for my historical study on American Studies and Gender in 2013. From 2008 to 2021, I worked at the University of Bielefeld (Department of History, Interdisciplinary Center for Gender Studies, and at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology). In 2019/20, I was a visiting fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC (USA).

Research and teaching interests

  • Gender History and Theory

  • Migration Studies

  • Biographical research

  • European history since 1800

  • History of the U.S.A. in the 20th century

  • Theories and methods of history

  • History of science / humanities


Click here for the blog Migration and Belonging, accompanying the ongoing project Narratives of Foreignness and Belonging: Migration as a Discursive Process in Western European Border Regions (1815–1871), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2016 to 2021.


You can find my publications in ORCiD.





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