Marcia C. Schenck
Fields of Study: African History, World History
Marcia C. Schenck is studying towards her PhD in History at Princeton University. Trained as an historian of Africa, her research interests lie in south-central Africa, labor history, migration, ethnicity, oral history and world history.
Her dissertation project will examine the lives of Mozambican, Angolan, and Namibian migrants to the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the latter half of the twentieth century. She is interested in questions of social relations of labor, education, migration, gender and life history.
Marcia holds an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford. Her master’s thesis focused on land rights amongst the ‡Khomani and Hai||om San groups in South Africa and Namibia, exploring the intersections of identity, representation and land. She graduated A.B. Summa Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College, MA, USA, in International Relations and African Studies in 2009.
A native of Germany, Marcia has lived in South Africa and has conducted fieldwork in the Northern Cape, the Kalahari, Namibia, Mozambique and Angola. She has also complemented her academic experience with Internships at the International Labor Organization, Geneva, the South African Government, Department of Social Services & Poverty Alleviation, and various NGOs.