Franziska Exeler is a is a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics and a Fellow of Magdalene College. She is also Lecturer in Modern History at Free University Berlin.
A historian of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, her research interests include the political, social and cultural history of Stalinism and the Soviet Union; World War II and its legacies in Europe and Asia; legal history, transitional justice and social reconstruction; and empire, space and migration. Her current book project Wartime Ghosts. Nazi Occupation and Its Aftermath in the Soviet Union investigates the choices that inhabitants of the Soviet European borderlands made and were forced to make under German wartime rule, and examines their political, social and personal repercussions. Related research projects focus on how Moscow both understood and experimented with international and domestic law during and after the Second World War, and how the Soviet prosecution of treason and war crimes fit into the larger, indeed global post-WWII moment of punishment, retribution and justice-seeking. A new project, tentatively titled Empire in Motion, will examine the dynamics of space, movement and identity in twentieth-century Russia and Eurasia.
Her research has been supported by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Social Science Research Council (International Dissertation Research Fellowship, with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the European University Institute and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2013.
"What Did You Do during the War? Personal Responses to the Aftermath of Nazi Occupation." Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 17, 4 (2016), 805-835.
"The Ambivalent State. Determining Guilt in the Post-World War II Soviet Union." Slavic Review 75, 3 (2016), 606-629.
“L’Expérience de la guerre: violence et violence extrême” (The Experience of War: Violence and Extreme Violence), in Encyclopédie de la seconde guerre mondiale, edited by Jean-François Muracciole and Guillaume Piketty. Paris: Éditions Robert Laffont, 2015.
“Gewalt im Militär. Die Rote Armee im Zweiten Weltkrieg” [Violence within the Military. The Red Army in World War II]. Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft 3 (2012), 228-246.
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