Cornelia Hagemann joined the Europe department at the Georg Eckert Institute in August 2015. She works on part of the project on “Migration and Education in Germany since 1945” that addresses “The networking and self-organisation skills of Iranian migrants in Germany”. She also oversaw the Institute’s fellowship programme from 2015 to 2017 and has been the spokesperson for GEI early career scholars since April 2017.
She studied oriental studies and Protestant theology at the Otto Friedrich University Bamberg. After spending time in Tehran learning the language she completed her bachelor’s degree with a dissertation exploring the politics of the Tehran metro (Die Teheraner Metro als Gegenstand politischer Interessen). During her master’s degree in Iranian studies, also at Bamberg, she spent a semester at the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran where she predominantly took courses in contemporary Iranian history. Her master’s thesis examined the diary of Šaraf ad-Daula, a member of the first Iranian parliament which sat from 1906 to 1908.
Between 2012 and 2015 Cornelia Hagemann worked in various roles in the department for Iranian studies at Bamberg University. She has also worked as an interpreter for Iranian and Afghan refugees.