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Kerstin Maria Pahl

Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Residency Dates: Spring 2023 | March 1, 2023 - May 31, 2023


Kerstin Maria Pahl

Kerstin Maria Pahl is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and an associate research fellow at L'Université du Québec à Montréal. A historian of political culture and the public, Pahl is especially interested in societies during times of transformation.

During her time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Pahl will continue research for her second book, which examines the politics of emotions and indifference by non-state actors and voluntary organizations in Britain’s Age of Reform (1780 to 1840). She will explore the transatlantic context of reform movements, fundraising campaigns, and the collaboration between British and American Protestant missionaries.

Pahl received a joint Ph.D. in art and visual history from Humboldt University of Berlin and King’s College London.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
  • Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Fighting indifference: Emotions and the push for reforms, c. 1780 to 1840



Areas of Expertise

European and Transatlantic History
History of Political Culture
History of the Public
History of Knowledge
History of Emotions

Areas of Expertise

Pahl, Kerstin Maria. “Proclamations of Neutrality. Disinterest and Deliberation in Gilbert Stuart’s Portrait of George Washington (‘The Lansdowne Portrait’, 1796).” In: Philipp Ekardt, Frank Fehrenbach, Cornelia Zumbusch. Eds. Politische Emotionen in den Künsten / Political Emotions in the Arts. Berlin: De Gruyter 2021: 95-110.

Ute Frevert, Pahl, Kerstin Maria, et al. Feeling Political. Emotions and Institutions since 1789. London: Palgrave, 2022.

Pahl, Kerstin Maria. Biography and its Portraits. Imagining Lives in England, 1680 to 1750. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, Forthcoming, 2022.

Pahl, Kerstin Maria, and Julien Puget. Eds. Citizens of the Enlightenment: Navigating Values, Rules, and Spaces. Paris: Honoré Champion, Forthcoming, 2022.

Pahl, Kerstin Maria Pahl, and Agnes Arnst. Eds. Capitalist Cold. Callousness and other Economic Emotions in Europe and the US, 1840 to today. New York: Routledge, Forthcoming, 2023.