Pamela Ballinger

Affiliated Scholar 2023-24

Pamela Ballinger is professor of history and the Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. She holds degrees in anthropology (B.A. Stanford University, M.Phil. Cambridge University, M.A. Johns Hopkins University) and a joint Ph.D. in anthropology and history (Johns Hopkins). She is the author of History in Exile: Memory and Identity at the Borders of the Balkans (Princeton University Press, 2003), La Memoria dell’Esilio (Veltro Editrice, 2010), and The World Refugees Made: Decolonization and the Foundation of Postwar Italy (Cornell University Press, 2020). She has published in a wide range of journals, including Austrian History Yearbook, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Contemporary European History, Current Anthropology, Journal of Contemporary History, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of Tourism History, and Past and Present.

Her research has been funded by fellowships from the American Academy in Rome (Rome Prize), American Council of Learned Societies, the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences (Stanford University), Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. Her areas of expertise include human rights, forced migration, refugees, fascism, seaspace, and modern Mediterranean and Balkan history.