Stefan Tetzlaff

Stefan is a historian and political scientist who works on economic and social transformations in Asia and Africa in past and present. He is presently a visiting researcher at the Käte-Hamburger-Kolleg “Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History” at Humboldt University Berlin. He was trained at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at HU Berlin and at the Centre for Historical Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and received a doctorate from the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen in 2015. Based on his doctoral research, Stefan’s first book project “The Motorization of the Mufassil” analyses the influence of the automobile on the development of rural and small-town India in the interwar period. In his postdoctoral career since 2015, Stefan has worked in various institutions in Asia, Europe and the USA. These include the Centre for South Asian Studies in Paris (CNRS-EHESS), the German Historical Institutes in London and Washington, D.C. and the Leibniz Center for Modern Orient in Berlin. During 2019-20, Stefan was an Arts and Humanities Visiting Scholar at New York University in Abu Dhabi and a senior research fellow in business history at the corporate archives of the Indian conglomerate Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. (Mumbai). His postdoctoral research focuses on technology and innovation transfer, foreign and development policy as well as industrial and labour developments, and contributes to transnational economic and business histories of the Cold War Era.