Jonathan Bach

Jonathan BachJonathan Bach is Associate Professor in the Global Studies Program at the New School and faculty affiliate in the Anthropology Department. His recent work explores social change through the politics of memory, material culture, and urban space, with an emphasis on Germany and China. His interests in migration include memory and migration, labor migration and citizenship, and extra-territorial voting. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and has held postdoctoral or visiting appointments at Columbia, Harvard, and Brown universities as well as at universities and centers in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany. He is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University’s Center on Organizational Innovation. At The New School he was the founding chair of the Global Studies Program and served as the associate director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs; and he has taught courses on Inequality in India & China, Migration of Memory, Global Economies, and Nationalism, among others.


Jonathan is the author most recently of What Remains: Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany (Columbia University Press, 2017), and co-editor of Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Model City (University of Chicago Press, 2017). His articles have appeared, inter alia, in Memory Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Politics, Public Culture, Theory, Culture and Society, and Philosophy and Social Science. His earlier book Between Sovereignty and Integration: German Foreign Policy and National Identity after 1989 (St. Martin’s Press) examined questions of normalcy and responsibility in Germany during the early years after unification.