Prof. Dr. Mischa Honeck
Professor Honeck is a historian of the United States who works at the intersection of national and global history. He is interested in the ways in which peoples, ideas, and objects from North America have interacted – often unevenly – with various parts of the globe. Spanning two centuries, his contributions to this burgeoning “America and the World” scholarship engage with the histories of race, ethnicity, gender, childhood, youth, and empire.
His research has resulted in two monographs. The first book, We Are the Revolutionists: German-Speaking Immigrants and American Abolitionists after 1848 (University of Georgia Press, 2011) maps encounters between black and white antislavery activists and exiled European radicals in the Civil-War era United States. The second book, Our Frontier Is the World: The Boy Scouts in the Age of American Ascendancy (Cornell University Press, 2018) details how the scouting movement aided and abetted US global expansion in the twentieth century. He also edited two collections of essays: Germany and the Black Diaspora and War and Childhood in the Era of the Two World Wars.
Mischa Honeck earned his Ph.D. and his Habilitation at Heidelberg University in 2008 and 2016, respectively. He spent six years as a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC. Upon returning to Germany in August 2017, he joined the Department of History at the Humboldt University of Berlin. From October 2018 to September 2019, he was a visiting professor for social and economic history at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Thanks to funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), he recently embarked on writing a third book. He is drawn to the topic of rejuvenation and the ways in which various forms of “anti-aging work” have been deployed to repair and regenerate flesh-and-blood bodies as well as collective bodies such as nations and empires. Specifically, he examines major rejuvenationist practices throughout US history, from the nation’s inception in the late eighteenth century to Silicon Valley’s transhumanist projects.