Verena Krebs

Dr. Verena Krebs

Verena Krebs

History of the Horn of Africa
Ethiopian history and culture
European Expansion
Religious contact and cross-cultural exchanges in the Middle Ages
Late medieval and Renaissance art in Europe
Medieval trade routes
Women in history
Material culture studies


Current Projects: 

  • Royal Women as Political and Cultural Agents in the Horn of Africa, 1300-1650

  • Diplomatic, cultural and trade contact as well as artistic transmission between Solomonic Ethiopia and Latin Christianity in the 15th and 16th century

  • JewsEast - Jews and Christians in the East: Strategies of Interaction between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean (a European Research Council project at the Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)

Curriculum Vitae: 

  • 2014 Dr. phil. / PhD, summa cum laude, University of Constance, Germany, and Mekelle University, Ethiopia (bi-national degree)

  • 2010 M.A. in History with distinction, University of Constance, Germany and University of York, UK

  • 2007 B.A. in Literature, Art and Media Studies with distinction, University of Constance, Germany

Academic and Research Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University Jerusalem (2014 – present)

  • Visiting researcher at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, Hamburg University; specialist for object and artwork description for the European Research Council research project "ETHIO-SPARE: Cultural Heritage of Christian Ethiopia: Salvation, Preservation, Research" (Dr. Denis Nosnitsin) (intermittently from 2012-2014)

  • Visiting researcher at the Department of History and Cultural Studies, Mek'elle University, Ethiopia (2011-12)

  • Visiting researcher at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2011)

  • Fieldwork research team leader during a four-month fieldwork research trip through Tigrai and Amhara regions of Ethiopia (2012)

Scholarships & Research Funding

  • 2014-15: Martin Buber Fellowship, Hebrew University and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

  • 2013-14: EXC16 (“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Centre of Excellence at the University of Constance) completion scholarship for the PhD project

  • 2012: EXC16 (“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Centre of Excellence at the University of Constance) fieldwork research funding grant

  • 2011-12: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) research grant for research in Ethiopia

  • 2011: EXC16 (“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Centre of Excellence at the University of Constance) PhD start-up funding for preliminary research trips to Addis Ababa and Mek'elle, Ethiopia

  • 2010-13: Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg State PhD Fellowship Bursary) 3-year PhD scholarship award

  • 2008-09: Graduate Erasmus Scholarship to study Medieval History (M.A. level) at the University of York, UK