Dr Moritz Mihatsch

Assistant Professor in World History
Bye-Fellow at Jesus College

Moritz A. Mihatsch is a global historian interested in nationalism, self-determination, and sovereignty. He has taught for many years at a variety of universities in the Middle East and North Africa.

He wrote his D.Phil. dissertation at the University of Oxford on political parties and the concept of nation in Sudan in the 1950s and 1960s. He is currently in process of completing a manuscript on the global history of sovereignty. His latest research focusses on decolonisation and epistemologies of global history at UNESCO.

As a member of the World History subject group, I provide lectures for Paper 21, 23 and Outlook Paper 6 and supervisions for Paper 23, Outlook Paper 10, as well as Part II Paper 28.  I also contribute to teaching in the MPhil in World History.

I welcome inquiries from prospective MPhil students who are interested to write a dissertation on a topic which is related to either a theme I am interested in (nationalism, decolonisation, sovereignty, knowledge production, and the politics of memory and commemoration), or broadly to African social and political history including both Sub-Saharan and North Africa.

I am currently supervising one MPhil dissertation on historians and schools of historiography in late-colonial and early post-colonial Singapore and Malaysia. At my previous institution I have supervised a wide variety of Bachelor dissertation on history and politics of Africa and Asia.


Tags & Themes


Jesus College
Jesus Ln
Cambridge CB5 8BL


Edited Volumes:

Mark-Thiesen, C., Mihatsch, M. A., & Sikes, M. M. (2021). The Politics of Historical Memory and Commemoration in Africa; Essays in Honour of Jan-Georg Deutsch. Oldenbourg DeGruyter. https://www.degruyter.com/document/isbn/9783110655315/html

Articles and Chapters:

Mihatsch, M. A. (2022). Nationalism Without Nation: Sudanese Decolonization and Its Aftermath. In J. Záhořík & A. M. Morone (Eds.), Histories of Nationalism beyond Europe: Myths, Elitism and Transnational Connections (pp. 73–89). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-92676-2_5

Mihatsch, M. A., & Mulligan, M. (2022). Sovereignty in Africa and the specter of Wilson. In M.-J. Lavallée (Ed.), The End of Western Hegemonies? (pp. 35–62). Vernon Press. https://vernonpress.com/book/1547 

Sikes, M. M., Mark-Thiesen, C., & Mihatsch, M. A. (2021). Public Memorialisation & the Politics of Historical Memory in Africa. In C. Mark-Thiesen, M. A. Mihatsch, & M. M. Sikes (Eds.), The Politics of Historical Memory and Commemoration in Africa; Essays in Memory of Jan-Georg Deutsch (pp. 1–21). De Gruyter Oldenbourg. https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783110655315-002/html

Mihatsch, M. A., & Mulligan, M. (2021). The Longue Durée of Extraterritoriality and Global Capital. Culture, Theory and Critique, 62(1–2), 7–23. https://doi.org/10.1080/14735784.2021.1894960

Mihatsch, M. A. (2021). Dependence after Independence: Sudan’s Bounded Sovereignty 1956–1958. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 15(2), 236–254. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2021.1904705

Mark-Thiesen, C., & Mihatsch, M. A. (2019). Liberia an(d) Empire?: Sovereignty, ‘Civilisation’ and Commerce in Nineteenth-Century West Africa. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 47(5), 884–911. https://doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2019.1677339

Mihatsch, M.A. (2011). Sudanese Independences, 1956 and 2011; Will History Repeat Itself? Sudan Studies Society UK Bulletin, 44, 15-31.