Swen Steinberg



Swen Steinberg

Academic title(s)



Queen's University


Department of History


Post-doctoral Fellow


Watson Hall

Zip code

K7L 3N6



Visible Email Address


Short biography

Swen is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of History at Queen’s University in Kingston/Ontario since November 2018 where he started teaching in January 2019. In addition, Swen is a Affiliated Scholar of the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC with its Pacific Regional Office “GHI West” at University of California Berkeley. Swen has been Research Assistant and Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of History at Dresden University from 2010 to 2018 where he earned his PhD in 2013. From October 2014 to October 2016 he has been a Post-doctoral Fellow of the German Research Foundation with an affiliation at University of California in Los Angeles and his recent project: “A History of Knowledge on Mountains and Woods: Forestry and Mining between Europe and North America, 1860-1960”. In 2017 Swen has been a short term Fellow of the German Historical Institute in Washington/DC too. Swen’s research is focused on the intersection of migration and knowledge, knowledge and young migrants, forestry and mining, refugee and exile studies, corporate culture concepts and economic transformations. Following these interests, the lecture class Swen started in January 2019 at Queen’s focuses “Migration and Minorities in Central Modern Europe”. Swen is author of three (German) monographs, including his PhD thesis on religious corporate culture concepts in the rural pulp and paper industry in central Germany, and numerous articles (in German and English). Swen has edited eight volumes and two peer reviewed special issues (both 2017, German/English), with additional two peer reviewed special issues appearing in Summer and Fall 2019 (both in English).

Web page: https://drswensteinberg.academia.edu

Recent publications

(2017) Special Issue “Knowledge and Migration” of Geschichte und Gesellschaft 43,3 (2017), edited with S. Lässig (peer review).

(2017) “Knowledge on the Move. New Approaches toward a History of Migrant Knowledge”, with S. Lässig, in Geschichte und Gesellschaft (peer review) 43/3: 313-46.

Special Issue “Corporations in Transformation: East German and East European Perspectives” of the Yearbook for Economic History / Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte 58,2 (2017), edited with Ulrike Schulz (peer review)

(2017) “Wooden Wars: American Foresters, Knowledge, and French Forestry (1917-1919).” War and Geography. The Spatiality of Organized Mass Violence, eds. F. Jacob / S. Danielsson (Paderborn: Schöningh): 215-41.


Forthcoming (Selection)

(2019) “Young Migrants in the History of Knowledge,” Special Issue KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge (peer review), eds. S. Lässig/S. Steinberg (volume 2/2019).

(2019) “Refugees from Nazi-Occupied Europe to British Overseas Territories after 1933,” Special Issue Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies (peer review), eds. T. Grenville/S. Steinberg.

Role in Tensions of Europe


Research interests

Migration, Mobilty, Environment, Knowledge Networks