Simone Müller

Membership:  2015

Member Bio

Simone M. Müller is principal investigator of the Emmy Noether Research Group Hazardous Travels: Ghost Acres and the Global Waste Economy, which runs starting September 2016 for five years at the RCC. Prior to this, she has been an assistant professor of North American History at Albert Ludwig's University of Freiburg, a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institutions, as well as at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. She received her PhD in 2012 from Freie Universität Berlin with a study on the social and cultural constructions of global telegraph networks during the first age of globalization, published as Wiring the World: The Social and Cultural Creation of Global Telegraph Networksin 2016 with Columbia University Press. Other publications include a special issue together with Heidi J.S. Tworek on communicating global capitalism with the Journal of Global History (2015) as well as a special issue on Imagined Use as an analytical category of analysis for the history of science in technology with History and Technology (2016), and a special issue together with Peter Itzen on Risk and the Social History of the Twentieth Century (Historical Social Research 2016).
In 2016, she was elected Junior Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (ZIF) at the University of Bielefeld. In 2015, she received the Maria Gräfin von Linden Preis for her research on the global waste economy. Her research focuses on global history, economic history, the history of science and technology, media studies, urban history, and environmental history. Her current research project, Contamination Guaranteed: America’s Hazardous Waste in Global Perspective, looks at the discourses and practices of hazardous waste management in the United States from the 1960s to the 1990s.


  • Wiring the World: The Social and Cultural Creation of Global Telegraph Networks. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.
  • “The Telegraph and the Bank: On the Interdependence of Global Communications and Capitalism, 1866–1914.” Journal for Global History Special Issue, no. 2 (2015). (coauthored with Heidi J.S. Tworek)
  • “Umwelt- und Klimapolitik in den USA: lokale Interessen und globale Verantwortung.” In Handbuch Politik in den USA, edited by Christian Lammert, Markus Siewert, and Boris Vormann. Springer, 2014.
  • “Wiring the Pacific: North American Perspectives on a (De-) Colonial Project.” In Provincializing the United States: Colonialism, Decolonization, and (Post)Colonial Governance in Transnational Perspective, edited by Eva Bischoff, Norbert Finzsch, and Ursula Lehmkuhl. Universitätsverlag Winter, 2014.
  • “By Atlantic Telegraph: A Study on Weltcommunication in the Nineteenth Century.” In Medien & Zeit 25, no. 4 (2010): 40–54.