Status: Post-Qualification, ABD
Mark Beirn focuses on infrastructure and the interaction of local figures within global movements in in Germany, North America, the Middle East, and East Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In particular, he is interested in how definitions of urban and nature, mobility and restraint - in cities, surburbs, and rural areas - are continually redefined by large scale infrastructure projects.
Mark's dissertation project focuses on airports as a new kind of urban transportation infrastructure in Berlin from the 1920s to the 1960s.
For the 2017-18 academic year Mark is currently abroad on a Fulbright Fellowship at the Global Urban History Workshop at the Freie Universität Berlin.