Rita Chin

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Rita Chin

Faculty Fellow

Office Location(s): 2526 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.615.9320
rchin@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • History
  • Fields of Study
    • Late Modern Europe, especially post-1945 Germany
    • comparative European migrations
    • transnationalism
    • ethnic minorities
    • gender
    • intellectual history
  • About

    Rita Chin is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. She holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany (Cambridge, UK, 2007) and co-author of After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Beyond (Ann Arbor, 2009). Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, German Academic Exchange, German Fulbright Commission, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, American Council for Learned Societies, and Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

    Research Plans

    As an Eisenberg Institute Faculty Fellow, Professor Chin is writing a book on the putative death of multiculturalism in contemporary Europe. Tracing public debates about immigration and diversity over the last 35 years, she argues that preoccupation with Muslims soared with the end of the Cold War and the establishment of the EU. She unpacks the overlapping discourses around immigration, race, religion, and gender that have produced strident debates over Islam’s treatment of women, led to accusations of “Islamofascism,” and fed a deep skepticism about the compatibility of Muslim immigrants with European society.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1999