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Christa Santina Wirth



E2015 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )
Thursdays 14.00 - 16.00; Office: E2 015 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )

Christa Wirth is an associate professor of history (1750-Present) at the Institute for Religion, Philosophy, and History at the University of Agder. She researches and teaches the history of global migration and the history of science. Wirth has a particular focus on the history of the United States and its transnational and global entanglements. In her book, Memories of Belonging: Descendants of Italian Migrants to the United States, 1884-Present, Leiden/Boston, Brill, 2015, she follows Italian labor migrants in their transnational travel networks in the Atlantic economy of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Additionally, Memories of Belonging documents a century of settlement, incorporation, and later-generation self-identification in the 20th century. It reveals how memories of migration, everyday life, and ethnicity are passed down through the generations, altered, and contested while constituting family identities. Wirth is currently working on a book-length manuscript on the history of social science, in particular on anthropologists who conducted research between Chicago and Manila during the Cold War.

She teaches courses in global migration history, global family history, history of the U.S. Empire, memory studies, gender history, and theories and methods of history.

Wirth received her dissertation at the University of Zurich. She was a visiting fellow and (post)doctoral teaching fellow at Harvard University and a post-doctoral fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. Wirth worked as an Oberassistentin at the history department of the University of Zurich.

Wirth is co-initiator of the networks “Transnational History Switzerland” (Berne) and “Knowledge and the Cold War” (Zurich). She is also an associate of the Center “History of Knowledge”, ETH Zurich/University of Zurich.


transnational and global history

U.S. history

migration history

memory studies

(post)colonial history

history of (social) science

gender history

Utvalgte publikasjoner


Memories of Belonging: Descendants of Italian Migrants to the United States, 1884−Present. Brill: Leiden, Boston 2015. 

Special Issue Journal

Der kalte Krieg: Kältegrade eines globalen Konflikts. Nach Feierabend: Zürcher Jahrbuch für Wissensgeschichte, 12, 2017 (Berlin/Zurich), co-edited together with Silvia Berger Ziauddin and David Eugster.


Wirth, Christa. The Creation of a Postcolonial Subject: The Chicago and Ateneo de Manila Schools and the Peace Corps in the Philippines, 1960-1970. In: The Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 2018 .

Gewaltige Hitze: Apocalypse Now – Film, Ereignis und Roman. In: Berger Ziauddin, Silvia, Eugster, David, Wirth, Christa (Eds). In: Der kalte Krieg: Kältegrade eines globalen Konflikts. Nach Feierabend: Zürcher Jahrbuch für Wissensgeschichte, Band 12, 2017.

Together with Berger Ziauddin and Eugster: James Bond fährt Ski: Ein Versuch über die Kälte des Kalten Kriege. In: Berger Ziauddin, Silvia, Eugster, David, Wirth, Christa (Eds.). Der kalte Krieg: Kältegrade eines globalen Konflikts. Nach Feierabend: Zürcher Jahrbuch für Wissensgeschichte, Band 12, 2017.

Beyond Switzerland: Reframing the Swiss Historical Narrative in Light of Transnational History, together with Eichenberger, Pierre et al. In: Traverse: Zeitschrift für Geschichte, 2017/1, pp. 137-152.

Why the Hyphen? Individual and Collective Memories of Italianness in the United States at the Intersection of Class and Generation. In: Immigrants and Minorities: Historical Studies in Ethnicity, Migration and Diaspora, 34(1):22-48.

Maccaroni, Cheese, Olive Oil – He had the Best. In: ROSA: Die Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung, pp. 6-8.

Book Chapters

Memory and Migration: Research. In: Ness, Immanuel (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, Volume IV. Hoboken, NJ 2013, pp. 2158-2164.

Der “American Dream” in den Erzählungen der Nachkommen eines italienischen Migrantenpaares: Ein Werkstattbericht. In: Boesen, Elisabeth, Lenz, Fabienne (eds.). Migration und Erinnerung. Migration et mémoire: Methoden und Konzepte der Forschung. Méthodes et concepts de recherche. LIT-Verlag: Berlin et al. 2010, pp. 105-136.


Fischer-Tiné, Harald. Pidgin Knowledge. Wissen und Kolonialismus. Zurich, Berlin 2013. Review in: H-Soz-und Kult.

Guglielmo, Jennifer. Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945. Chapel Hill, NC 2010. Review in: WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society, 14, 2011/3, pp. 429-430.

Past Editor Responsibilities

ROSA – Journal of Gender Studies (Zurich).

Allmenn formidling

Commentary: U.S. civil rights movement on Swiss national TV “10vor10: Wurzeln des Rassismus” on August 20, 2014


Vitenskapelige publikasjoner

  • Wirth, Christa Santina (2018). Cold War Knowledge: Social Science Between Manila and Chicago, History of Knowledge.
  • Wirth, Christa Santina (2018). Migrations and Nations: Historical Perspectives on Current Border Crossings.
  • Wirth, Christa Santina (2018). Philippine Scholars between Manila and Chicago: A History of the Social Sciences, Decolonization, and the Cold War.
  • Wirth, Christa Santina (2018). Historical Contexts of Forgeries: The Philippine-American Case.
  • Wirth, Christa Santina (2018). Locating Anthropologists and Archaeologists Within a History of Knowledge.

Sist endret: 3.12.2018 09:12