Miriam Rürup is director of the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies. Before assuming this post, she was director of the Institute for the History of German Jews in Hamburg from 2012 to 2020. Prior to that, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC and as a Research Assistant at the Seminar for Medieval and Modern History at the University of Göttingen from 2006 to 2010.
Her research focuses on the United Nations’ treatment of statelessness and ideas of universal belonging after the two world wars and the repercussions on nation-state politics in West Germany. In 2007, she published her dissertation on German-Jewish student fraternities [»Matter of Honor. Jewish Student Fraternities at German Universities 1886-1937«, Wallstein-Verlag, Göttingen].
She studied history, sociology and European ethnology at the universities of Göttingen, Tel Aviv and Berlin and has worked at the »Topography of Terror« Foundation in Berlin, the Franz Rosenzweig Center in Jerusalem and the Simon Dubnow Institute in Leipzig.