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I studied at the University of Leipzig in Germany, the Jagiellonian University of Kraków in Poland and the University Lumière Lyon 2 in France in order to receive my undergraduate degree in modern history. I remained in Lyon for my master’s degree and completed my doctorate at the University of Portsmouth in the UK. I gained postdoctoral experience at Hanyang University and Korea University, both in Seoul, South Korea, and the University of Luxembourg. I have been an assistant professor at the Education University of Hong Kong since 2015.

I have a strong interest in debates on global and transnational history. Making use of these approaches, I mostly focus on interactions between Europe and East Asia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. I have a genuine interest in the history of education, but I also explore education as a lens through which to consider broader social and cultural phenomena. My trajectory on two continents brought me in contact with a variety of projects.

My dissertation discussed the educational sections of the world exhibitions of the second half of the nineteenth century. Focusing on the participation of France, Germany, Japan and the United States, my dissertation made a contribution to the study of the transnational circulation of educational knowledge. The revised manuscript Education at World Exhibitions during the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: Experts Going Transnational is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.

During my stay of more than three years in Seoul, I acquired a robust expertise in Korean history. My Korea-related research concentrates on educational reforms and the presence of Europeans during the open-ports period.

While working in Luxembourg, I was part of an exciting project on educational repercussions of the Grand-Duchy’s transformation into a major steel-producing country. Besides the history of education, my articles and book chapters that come out of this project also venture into the fields of business history and the history of public health and shed light on Luxembourg’s connections with East Asia.

My second book project discusses how Europeans and Americans who lived in East Asia from the mid-nineteenth century to WWII organised the education of their own children. The project empirically studies Polish, German, French, British and American schools in China, Korea and Japan and in this way elucidates the East Asian beginnings of international schooling.



- With Yoonmi Lee, Special Issue “Transnationalising the History of Education in Modern Korea“, Paedagogica Historica, 52, 6, 2016.

Journal Articles

- “‘The center of the manual training movement in Germany’: die Deutsche Lehrerbildungsanstalt für Knabenhandarbeit in Leipzig, 1887-1914, in: Paedagogica Historica, 55, 5, 2019, p. 671-693.

- “Bilingual Primary Schools, Decorative Art and Psychotechnics: Luxembourgian Education at International Exhibitions and Congresses, 1870s-1930s”, in: History of Education, 48, 3, 2019, p. 317-335.

- “‘The Finest ‘Bunch’ of Children to Be Found Anywhere’: Educating European and American Youths in Korea, 1880s-1940s”, in: Paedagogica Historica, 52, 6, 2016, p. 629-645.

- “Selling Luxembourgian Steel in Japan: Columeta Tokyo, 1925 to 1941”, in: Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte, 61, 2, 2016, p. 215-236.

- “Entre promesses et résistances. Circulations transationales et réception manquée du travail manuel en Allemagne (1880-1914)”, in: Revue germanique internationale, 23, 2016, p. 143-157.

- “Europeans and Americans in Korea, 1882-1910: A Bourgeois and Translocal Community”, in: Itinerario. International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, 40, 1, 2016, p. 3-28.

- “The Beginnings of Modern Education in Korea, 1883-1910”, in: Paedagogica historica, 50, 3, 2014, p. 265-284.

- “Korea’s Internal Civilizing Mission: Education in the English Edition of The Independent, 1896-1898”, in: Acta Koreana, 16, 2, 2013, p. 431-472.

- “The British Lady Traveller Isabella Bird in East Asia: A Theorist of Globalization?”, in: Homo migrans, 8, 2013, p. 21-47.

- “As Exposições universais como mídia para a circulação transnacional de saberes sobre o ensino primário na segunda metade do século 19”, in: Revista História da Educação, 17, 41, 2013, p. 213-234.

- “‘Germania facile princeps’? – Das deutsche Bildungswesen und die Weltausstellungen des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts”, in: Dogil yeongu. Korean Journal of German Studies, 23, 2012, p. 103-131.

Book Chapters

- “Buddhism, Business, and Red-Cross Diplomacy: Aline Mayrisch de Saint-Hubert’s Journeys to East Asia in the Interwar Period”, in: Karin Priem, Frederik Herman (eds), Fabricating Modern Societies: Education, Bodies, and Minds in the Age of Steel, Leiden, Brill, 2019, p. 79-107.

- “Konkurrenz imperialer Gesellschaften: Die Darstellung nationaler Systeme von Primärschulbildung auf den Weltausstellungen der Jahrhundertwende”, in: Marcelo Caruso, Thomas Koinzer, Christine Mayer, Karin Priem (eds), Zirkulation und Transformation. Pädagogische Grenzüberschreitungen in historischer Perspektive, Köln/Weimar/Wien, Böhlau, 2014, p. 51-73.

- “Izabela Bādo no Nihon, Chōsen, Chūgoku”, in: Norihiko Fukui, Kōichi Muramatsu, Mamiko Itō (eds), Sekai no shūshū - Ajia o meguru hakubutsukan, hakurankai, kaigai ryokō, Tōkyō, Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2014, p. 285-318.

- “Deutsche Berichterstattung über die Bildungssektionen der Weltausstellungen des 19. Jahrhunderts. Ein Literaturüberblick”, in: Esther Möller, Johannes Wischmeyer (eds), Transnationale Bildungsräume. Wissenstransfers im Schnittfeld von Kultur, Politik und Religion, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, p. 137-156.

- “Appropriation, Representation and Cooperation as Transnational Practices: The Example of Ferdinand Buisson”, in: Isabella Löhr, Roland Wenzlhuemer (eds), The Nation State and Beyond: Governing Globalization Processes in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century, Heidelberg/New York, Springer, 2013, p. 149-173.

- “Die Repräsentationen der deutschen Länder in den Bildungssektionen der Weltausstellungen der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts”, in: Eckhardt Fuchs, Sylvia Kesper-Biermann, Christian Ritzi (eds), Bildungsräume und Transferprozesse im 19. Jahrhundert. Regionen in der deutschen Staatenwelt, Bad Heilbrunn, Klinckhardt, 2011, p. 133-155.

- “La modernisation du système éducatif à travers les Expositions universelles, 1873-1904”, in: Noriko Berlinguez-Kôno, Bernard Thomann (eds), Japon pluriel 8. La modernité japonaise en perspective. Actes du huitième colloque de la Société française des études japonaises, Arles, Picquier, 2011, p. 347-356.

- with Wolfram Kaiser, “Political Communication at the World Exhibitions: Transnational Negotiation of Social and Education Policy, 1889-1904”, in: Mathias Albert, Gesa Bluhm, Jan Helmig, Andreas Leutzsch, Jochen Walter (eds), Transnational Political Spaces. Agents – Structures – Encounters, Frankfurt am Main, Campus-Verlag, 2009, p. 162-184.

- “Die amerikanische Referenz der republikanischen Grundschule Frankreichs: Kulturtransfer auf Weltausstellungen im 19. Jahrhundert”, in: Wolfgang Gippert, Petra Götte, Elke Kleinau (eds), Transkulturalität. Gender- und bildungshistorische Perspektiven, Bielefeld, Transcript, 2008, p. 161-179.

Contributions to Encyclopaedias

- “Les systèmes éducatifs européens dans les expositions universelles (1850-1914)”, in: Encyclopédie pour une histoire nouvelle de l’Europe, 2019, https://ehne.fr/node/2631.

Book Reviews

- Lothar Schilling, Jakob Vogel (eds), Transnational Cultures of Expertise: Circulating State-Related Knowledge in the 18th and 19th Centuries, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2019, in: Bildungsgeschichte: International Journal for the Historiography of Education, 10, 2, 2020, p. 233-235.

- Christoph Ellßel, Das Bildungsimperium. Zur Geschichte des amerikanisch-australischen Stipendienprogramms im Colombo-Plan 1949-1960, Bielefeld, Transcript Verlag, 2017, in: H-Soz-Kult, 5 November 2018, https://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-28846.

- Joëlle Droux, Rita Hofstetter (eds), Globalisation des mondes de l’éducation. Circulations, connexions, réfractions, XIXe-XXe siècles, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015, in: Journal of World History, 28, 3-4, 2017, p. 662-665.

- Michael Dirauf, Goldrausch in Korea: Die deutsche Goldmine in Korea von 1897 bis 1903, München, Iudicium, 2015, in: Der Anstich, 68, 6, 2016, p. 265-266.

- Pierre-Emmanuel Roux, La Croix, la baleine et le canon. La France face à la Corée au milieu du XIXe siècle, Paris, Editions du Cerf, 2012, in: International Journal of Korean History, 21, 2, 2016, p. 187-191.

- Hideharu Umehara, Gesunde Schule und gesunde Kinder: Schulhygiene in Düsseldorf, 1880-1933, Essen, Klartext-Verlag, 2013, in: Dogil yeongu – Korean Journal of German Studies, 31, 2016, p. 225-231.

- Stefan Manz, Constructing a German Diaspora. The 'Greater German Empire', 1871-1918, Oxford, Routledge, 2013, in: geschichte.transnational, 8 April 2016, http://geschichte-transnational.clio-online.net/rezensionen/type=rezbuecher&id=20433.

- Todd Henry, Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2014, in: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, 64, 1, 2016, p. 84-86.

- Wolfgang Gippert and Elke Kleinau, Bildungsreisende und Arbeitsmigrantinnen. Auslandserfahrungen deutscher Lehrerinnen zwischen nationaler und internationaler Orientierung (1850-1920), Köln, Böhlau, 2014, in: Hanguk gyoyuksahak, 37, 4, 2015, p. 169-172.

- Henry H. Em, The Great Enterprise. Sovereignty and Historiography in Modern Korea, Durham, Duke University Press, 2013, in: H-Soz-Kult, 18 December 2014, http://www.hsozkult.de/hfn/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-22646.

- Yumi Moon, Populist Collaborators. The Ilchinhoe and the Japanese Colonization of Korea, 1896-1910, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2013, in: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, 62, 10, 2014, p. 854-856.

- Jun Uchida, Brokers of empire: Japanese settler colonialism in Korea, 1876-1945, Cambridge, Harvard University Asia Center – Distributed by Harvard University Press, 2011, in: Comparativ, 23, 4/5, 2013, p. 219-224.

- Dominic Sachsenmaier, Global Perspectives on Global History: Theories and Approaches in a Connected World, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012, in: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, 60, 9, 2012, p. 757-759.

- Jörg Feuchter, Friedhelm Hoffmann, Bee Yun (eds), Cultural Transfers in Dispute. Representations in Asia, Europe and the Arab World since the Middle Ages, Frankfurt am Main/New York, Campus Verlag, 2011, in: Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, 12, 1, 2012, p. 93-95.

- Daniel Hedinger, Im Wettstreit mit dem Westen: Japans Zeitalter der Ausstellungen 1854-1941, Frankfurt am Main, Campus Verlag, 2011, in: Neue Politische Literatur, 56, 3, 2011, p. 504-506.

- Alexander C. T. Geppert, Fleeting Cities: Imperial Expositions in Fin-de-Siecle Europe, Basingstoke/New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, in: Comparativ, 21, 5, 2011, p. 117-121.

- Hans-Alexander Kneider, Globetrotter, Abenteurer, Goldgräber. Auf deutschen Spuren im alten Korea. Mit einem Abriss zur Geschichte der Yi-Dynastie und der deutsch-koreanischen Beziehungen bis 1910, Iudicium, München, 2010, in: International Journal of Korean History, 16, 2, 2011, p. 215-218.

- Marcelo Caruso, Geist oder Mechanik: Unterrichtsordnungen als kulturelle Konstruktionen in Preußen, Dänemark (Schleswig-Holstein) und Spanien 1800-1870, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2010, in: H-Soz-Kult, 05 May 2011, http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2011-2-099.

- Martin Lawn (ed.), Modelling the Future. Exhibitions and the Materiality of Education, Oxford, Symposium Books, 2009, in: Comparativ, 19, 6, 2009, p. 143-144.

- Jürgen Osterhammel, Die Verwandlung der Welt: Eine Geschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts, München, Beck, 2009, in: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, 57, 11, 2009, p. 944-945.

- Stefan Fisch, Florence Gauzy, Chantal Metzger (eds), Lernen und Lehren in Frankreich und Deutschland = Apprendre et enseigner en Allemagne et en France, Stuttgart, Steiner, 2007, in: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, 56, 6, 2008, p. 577-578.


- together with Park Youn-ho, Yu Jinyoung, Lee Yoonmi, conference report “‘Gyoyuk-gwa gwonnyeok: yeoksahakjeok sigak-deul’ – ISCHE 35, 2013 (Riga) chamgi bogo”, in: Hanguk gyoyuksahak, 35, 3, 2013, p. 143-154.

- Conference report “Je 34-hoe gukje gyoyuksa hakhoe chamgwangi: ’18-20-segi gyoyuk-ui gukjehwa’ (2012-nyeon 6-wol 27-30-il)”, in: Hanguk gyoyuksahak, 34, 3, 2012, p. 137-141.

- Conference report “Postcolonial Reading of Sonderweg”, 03-04 December 2010, Hanyang University, Seoul, in: geschichte.transnational, 11 February 2011, http://geschichte-transnational.clio-online.net/tagungsberichte/id=3546.

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