May 2, 2023

Dr. Frank W. Stahnisch receives Humboldt Fellowship

Dr. Frank W. Stahnisch is a Summer Research Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften
Frank Stahnisch

Dr. Frank Stahnisch has received a research fellowship from the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, which has enabled him to join the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (“Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften”) of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, over the summer 2023. At the Institute, he works on finalizing his current book project Great minds in despair ‒ the forced migration of German-speaking neuroscientists to North America, 1933‒1989, as it details a historical perspective on the large-scale forced migration of approximately 3,000 Jewish and oppositional scientists and 6,000 physicians and health care researchers from the German-speaking countries. Among these were approximately 600 psychiatry- and neurology-trained individuals, who were ousted from their positions during the times of Nazism and Fascism in Europe. The project focuses particularly on the impact of German-speaking biomedical researchers between 1933 (the seizing of power by the Nazis) and 1989 (the end of the Cold War and the postwar remigration of the 2nd generation émigrés).