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Allison Schmidt


University of Kansas, Ph.D.

 Allison Schmidt is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. A trained historian of Europe and migration, she welcomes the interdisciplinary nature of IR and seeks to bring historical context to contemporary issues. After receiving her PhD in 2016 from the University of Kansas, she moved East as a Visiting Fellow at the German Historical Institute and then as a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY-Oswego. Among her recent publications is an article on interwar people smuggling (and its parallels with modern-day networks in Central America and the Mediterranean region) in Central European History. She is currently polishing a book manuscript, based on her dissertation, Crossing Germany: Eastern European Transmigrants and Saxon State Surveillance, 1880-1924.