About Carolyn

Carolyn Taratko is a postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at the Chair of Global History, University of Erfurt, and a Co-Investigator in the Research Unit on Voluntariness. Her research interests include the history of knowledge, modern German history, and the colonial and postcolonial history of West Africa. She received her PhD in History from Vanderbilt University in 2019 with a dissertation on Feeding Germany after undertaking research in Germany, the United States, and Namibia.

Research Field

Global History


University of Erfurt

Department of History

Carolyn Taratko

Carolyn Taratko

Co-Investigator (Gobal History)

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