Dr. Avi Sharma
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Center for Metropolitan Studies
Global, Urban and Environmental History
Migration and Forced Migration
DFG Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS), Technical University Berlin
2016 - 2018
BMBF Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS), Technical University Berlin
Research Associate, Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies, Berlin
2009 - 2013
Earl S. Johnson Senior Lecturer, Department of History and the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), University of Chicago
2007 - 2009
Preceptor, Department of History and the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), University of Chicago
2003 and 2006
Lecturer, University of Chicago
Ph.D, University of Chicago, History
M.A., University of Chicago, Social Science (MAPSS)
B.A., Reed College, History
German Research Council Research Fellow (Urban Environments)
2016 - 2018
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Research Fellow
2009 - 2012
Earl S. Johnson Fellowship
Freehling Travel Award
Eric Cochrane, Research Travel Grant
2005 - 2006
Fulbright Research Residence Extension
2004 - 2005
Fulbright Fellowship for Dissertation Research
Kunstadter Research Fellowship for Dissertation Research
2000 - 2004
University of Chicago University Fellowship
Urban Resilience in Global Context. Actors, Agendas and Narratives.
Bielefeld: Transcript (With Dorothee Brantz) Open Access 
We Lived for the Body: Natural Medicine and Public Health in Imperial Germany.
Dekalb, IL: NIU Press.
Before Resilience: Surviving in Postwar Berlin, 1945-1950. In Dorothee Brantz and Avi Sharma (eds.) Urban Resilience. Historical and Contemporary Practices in a Global Context. Bielefeld: Transcript (Forthcoming)
Mass Displacement in Post-Catastrophic Societies. Vulnerability, Learning, and Adaptation in Germany and India, 1945-52. Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, Vol. 64: 1-35.
Green Cities. A Dialogue. Written with Dorothee Brantz. Transformations in Environment and Society, Vol. 1: 15-25.
Susan Cayleff: Nature's Path. A history of Naturopathic Healing in America. Isis. A Journal of the History of Science Society, Vol. 108: 728-9.
Who Leads in a G-O World? Multi-Nationals, Sustainable Development, and Corporate Social Responsibility in a Changing Global Order. Washington International Law Journal, Vol. 24: 589-612.
Wilhelmine Nature: Natural Lifestyle and Practical Politics in the German Life-Reform Movement, (1890-1914). Social History, Vol. 37: 36-54.
Rethinking Asymmetries in the Marketplace: Medical Pluralism in Germany, 1869-1910. In Martin Dinges (ed.) Medical Pluralism in Comparative Perspective: India and Germany, 1800-2000. Stuttgart: Robert Bosch, 71-84.
Medicine from the Margins? Naturheilkunde from Medical Heterodoxy to the University of Berlin, 1889-1921. Social History of Medicine, Vol. 24: 334-351.
On the Anti-Politics of Health: Conflict, Consensus and Hygiene Reform in Germany, 1871-1914. Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 10: 83-96.
Forced Migration, Survival, and the State. Cases from Germany and South Asia, 1945-1955. Presented at the IGK Colloquium, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, May 16.
Shock Migration and the Transformation of the Urban: Planning and Political Contestation in Postwar Berlin. Presented at the IGK Colloquium, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, October 24.
Migrant Epistemologies in Unstable Times. Mass Displacement, Identity and Exclusion in Berlin and Amritsar, ca. 1945-52. Presented at the German Historical Institute (GHI) West, Berkeley, CA, October 18.
Commentator for World of Slums? International Development and the Politics of Housing, 1950s to 1960s as part of Transforming Cities: Urbanization and International Development Policies in the Global South in the Twentieth Century, German Research Foundation (DFG) and Free University of Berlin, Berlin, October 11.
Mass Displacement and Urban Transformation in Berlin and Amritsar, 1945-1952. Presented at the IGK Colloquium, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, June 5.
Does Financial Stress cause Xenophobia? Urban Histories of Exclusion and Marginalization. Presented at Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, March 27.
Strangers and Survival: Rebuilding Postwar Berlin, 1945-52. Presented at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. May 19.
Displaced Persons in Post-War Berlin. Conflict and Collaboration in Times of Scarcity. Presented at the Berlin-Istanbul Lecture Series: Urban Space and Refugees, Berlin, November 25.
On the Afterlives of Destruction: Rubble and Resilience in Postwar Berlin. Presented at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, London, November 4.
Alternative Medicine in Germany: The Conflict between Conventional Medicine and CAM in the 20th Century. Presented at the Center for 20th Century European History, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, October 17.
Degenerate City: Public Health and Popular Reform in Wilhelmine Germany. Presented at the Institute for Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, February 26.
‘A Chinese Wall’ on the Road to Scientific Discovery: Regulating ‘Other Healers’ in Wilhelmine Germany. Presented at the Robert Bosch Institute for the History of Medicine, Stuttgart, July 1.
Rethinking the Nature/Culture Binary in Everyday Practice: Natural Lifestyle and Practical Politics in the German Life-Reform Movement, ca. 1890-1914. Presented at the Pembroke College at Cambridge University, Cambridge, February 21.
Political Nature? Naturheilkunde, Land Tenure, and Public Health Reform in Germany, 1889-1914. Presented at the University of California, San Francisco, March 13.