Areas of interest

  • Germany in the World
  • Commerce and Trade
  • Informal Empire Germany and the Middle East/Central Asia Transnational and Global History
  • Conflict, Violence and Genocide
  • Cultural and Intellectual
  • Empires, Colonialisms and Indigeneity
  • Europe
  • Mediterranean and Middle East


Main Bio

Jennifer L. Jenkins is Associate Professor of German and European History at the University of Toronto, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Modern German History. She is the author of Provincial Modernity: Local Culture and Liberal Politics in Fin-de-Siècle Hamburg (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2003) and has held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Harvard University’s Center for European Studies and from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, she was a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, where she was finishing a book on German-Iranian relations from the Crimean War to Operation Barbarossa (entitled Weltpolitik on the Persian FrontierGermany and Iran in the Age of Empire). Further projects include Germany Among the Global Empires 1840 to the Present, which she is writing for the Wiley-Blackwell series “A New History of Modern Europe.” In 2014 she was an associate of Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin. Future research interests include two projects: “Germany’s Orient, 1905-1979” and “Tehran 1943: Iran, Europe and the Second World War.”

Professor Jenkins teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on German and European history (19th and 20th century), on Germany in the world, on nationalism and memory, and on transnational and global history.

Select publications

  • Jenkins, J. German Modernities from Wilhelm to Weimar: A Contest of Futures (Eley G. and Matysik T., ed.). London: Bloomsbury Academic. Forthcoming.
  • Jenkins, J. “Localism and Particularism.” In: Matthew Jefferies (ed)., Ashgate Research Companion to Imperial Germany. London: Ashgate. Forthcoming.
  • Jenkins, J. “Jihad or Nationalist Revolution? German Strategies for Insurrection in the Middle East.” In: Andreas Gestrich and Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann (eds.), Bid For World Power? New Research on the Outbreak of the First World War. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
  • Jenkins, J. Provincial Modernity: Local Culture and Liberal Politics in Fin-de-Siècle Hamburg. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  • Jenkins, J. “Archaeology and History: Ernst Herzfeld in Iran” Iran Nameh 30, 2: 120-154. In Persian. Translation into Persian of “Excavating Zarathustra: Ernst Herzfeld’s Archaeological History of Iran,” Iranian Studies, 45: 1-17.
  • Jenkins, J. “Hjalmar Schacht, Reza Shah, and Germany’s Presence in Iran,” Iran Nameh 30, 1: 20-46.
  • Jenkins, J. “Fritz Fischer’s ‘Programme for Revolution’: Implications for a Global History of Germany in the First World War,” Journal of Contemporary History, 48, 2: 397-417.
  • Jenkins, J. “The Trouble with Third Powers: German-Iranian Relationships to 1941,” In Persian. Iran Nameh 28, 1: 62-85.
  • Jenkins, J. “Excavating Zarathustra: Ernst Herzfeld’s Archaeological History of Iran,” Iranian Studies Vol. 45, No. 1: 1-27.
  • Jenkins, J. “Locating Germany,” German History Vol. 29, No. 1: 108-126.
  • Jenkins, J., Nanranch, B., Manjapra, K., Kim, H. E., Unger, C., and Hong, Y. S. “Germany, Asia and the Transnational Turn.” German History Vol. 28, No. 4: 515-536.
  • Jenkins, J. “Experts, Migrants, Refugees: Making the German Colony in Iran, 1900-1934.” In: Bradley Naranch and Geoff Eley (eds.), German Colonialism in a Global Age, 1884-1945. Durham: Duke University Press. Pp. 147-169.
  • Jenkins, J. “Germany’s Eurasian Strategy in 1918.” In: Helmut Bley and Anorthe Kremers (eds.), The World During the First World War. Essen: Klartext Verlag. Pp. 291-302.
  • Jenkins, J. In: The American Historical Review, 120, 1: 179-181. Friedrich Lenger, Metropolen der Moderne: Eine europäische Stadtgeschichte seit 1850. Munich: C.H. Beck., 2013.
  • Jenkins, J. In: Journal of Modern History 86, 3: 716-719. J.A.S. Grenville, The Jews and Germans of Hamburg: The Destruction of a Civilization 1790-1945. London and New York: Routledge, 2012 and Michael Werner, Stiftungsstadt und Bürgertum. Hamburgs Stiftungskultur vom Kaiserreich bis in den Nationalsozialismus. Munich: Oldenbourg Verlag, 2011.
  • Jenkins, J. In: Central European History 46, 2: 419-21. Matthew Jefferies, Hamburg: A Cultural and Literary History. Oxford: Signal Books, 2011.
  • Jenkins, J. In: Journal of Modern History 82, 3: 742-44. Matthew Fitzpatrick, Liberal Imperialism in Germany: Expansionism and Nationalism 1848-1884. New York: Berghahn Books, 2008.
  • Jenkins, J. In: The American Historical Review 114, 5: 1556-1557. James M. Brophy, Popular Culture and the Public Sphere in the Rhineland, 1800-1850. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.