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Dr Jenny Pleinen

Modern History

+44 020 7309 2018j.pleinen@ghil.ac.uk
 
 

Jenny Pleinen joined the GHIL in May 2019. Her current research project concerns the political economy of government redistribution in Britain since the middle of the 19th century. She received a Ph.D. in History (University of Trier) for her study of western European migration regimes after the Second World War.

Research Project

The Political Economy of Government Redistribution in Britain 1870–1955

By applying an approach of fiscal sociology to redistributive policies, the project aims to provide a new perspective on the relationship between the state, capitalism, and society in Britain since the middle of the 19th century. It examines how interests, perceptions, concepts, and circumstances shaped debates and decision-making on crucial tax policies, tariffs, government expenditure, and regulations. The project contributes to a history of knowledge by analysing how the findings of commissions and committees influenced (or failed to influence) political debates. It also traces how these policies changed the distribution of income and wealth, both intentionally and unintentionally. By including a social history perspective, it reveals which social inequalities became part of the political debate and which remained an unquestioned part of the status quo.

Responsibilities at the GHIL

  • Research Fellow in Modern History

Research Interests

  • Political and social history in general (mostly western Europe and the US)
  • Political economy
  • Fiscal sociology
  • Governance
  • Elite recruitment
  • Elections and party politics
  • Social inequality
  • Poverty
  • Welfare states
  • Migration
  • (Post-)colonial history

Education and Academic Background

May 2019-

Research Fellow, German Historical Institute London

Sept. 2018-

Visiting Scholar, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

Oct. 2013-Apr. 2019  

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Augsburg

Oct. 2012-Oct. 2013

Postdoctoral Researcher, Project ‘Gute Arbeit nach dem Boom’ [‘Good Labour after the Boom’], funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Apr. 2011-Oct. 2012

Postdoctoral Researcher, Sonderforschungsbereich ‘Armut und Fremdheit’ [Collaborative Research Centre ‘Poverty and Foreignness’], funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

Jan. 2006-Apr. 2011

Postgraduate Researcher, Sonderforschungsbereich ‘Armut und Fremdheit’ [Collaborative Research Centre ‘Poverty and Foreignness’], funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

2011

Ph.D. in History, University of Trier

[Supervisors: Prof Dr Lutz Raphael, Prof Dr Hans Günter Hockerts]

2005

MA in History, Political Science, and Modern German Literature, University of Trier

Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships

2016

Scholarship to promote international research in the humanities, University of Augsburg

2016

Conference grant by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

2015

Scholarship to promote international research in the humanities, University of Augsburg

2014

Scholarship to promote international research in the humanities, University of Augsburg

2012

Publication Grants by the German Research Foundation, the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation and the Johanna Buch Memorial Foundation

2011

Conference grant by the German Research Foundation

2007

Conference grant by the German Research Foundation

2003-2005

Undergraduate scholarship by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Honours and Distinctions

2012

Award for Ph.D.-thesis, University of Trier

Memberships and Affiliations

  • German Association of Historians
  • German Association for the Study of British History and Politics
 
 

Publications

 
 

Monographs and Edited Volumes

Die Migrationsregime Belgiens und der Bundesrepublik seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg, Reihe Moderne Zeit 24 (Göttingen, 2012)

with Clelia Caruso and Lutz Raphael (ed.), Postwar Mediterranean Migration to Western Europe: Legal and Political Frameworks, Social Mobility and Memory (Frankfurt am Main, 2008)

Articles and Chapters

‘Zwischen Zentralisierung und bürokratischem Widerstand: Lokale Behörden in den Migrationsregimen Belgiens und der Bundesrepublik seit 1945’, in Jochen Oltmer (ed.), Migrationsregime vor Ort und lokales Aushandeln von Migration (Wiesbaden, 2018), 293–315

‘Ein Europa von Sonderfällen? Überlegungen zu einer Migrationsgeschichte der Bundesrepublik in europäischer Perspektive’, in Sonja Levsen and Cornelius Torp (eds.), Wo liegt die Bundesrepublik? Überlegungen zum historischen Ort der Bundesrepublik in der europäischen Zeitgeschichte (Göttingen, 2016), 255–73

‘Klasseʾ Version 1.0’, Docupedia-Zeitgeschichte, 10 Mar. 2015, [https://docupedia.de/zg/Klasse]

‘“Health Inequalities” und Gesundheitspolitik im Großbritannien der “Ära Thatcher’”, Archiv für Sozialgeschichte, 54 (2014), 245–65

‘Demokratie, Nationalstaat und europäische Einigung: Die politische und rechtliche Stellung von Fremden im Zeitalter der Extreme’, in Altay Coskun and Lutz Raphael (eds.), Fremd und rechtlos? Zugehörigkeitsrechte von Fremden von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Ein Handbuch (Cologne, 2014), 331–58

with Lutz Raphael: ‘Die Zeithistoriker in den Archiven der Sozialwissenschaften’, Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, 2 (2014), 173–96