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Matthew G. Sohm

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Matthew G. Sohm

Matthew Sohm is a Ph.D. student in European history at Harvard. His research focuses on the history of 20th-century Germany, Turkey, and the Mediterranean in a global context, especially on the themes of economic development, industrial decline, migration, and the environment. His dissertation studies the shifting relationships between the old western European industrial core and the southern European periphery at a time of real and perceived decline in the 1970s and 1980s. Based on archival research in seven countries and five languages, it examines how western European, and particularly West German, policymakers attempted to “outsource” a range of economic, environmental, and social problems to the southern periphery, most notably to Turkey. During his time at Harvard, Sohm has held research fellowships from the Krupp Foundation, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Free University of Berlin, and the Adenauer Foundation. Sohm holds an M.A. in International Relations from Yale, and a B.A. in History from Columbia. Prior to his time at Harvard, he held a Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Fellowship and worked for several years at a Munich-based renewable energy consultancy.

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  • Ph.D. Student in History, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University



Research Topic

Paying for the post-industrial: The global costs of European de-and re-industrialization (1972-1988)

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