At Harvard, Jorun Poettering was a Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Before coming to Harvard, she spent a year at Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. She works on a social history of Rio de Janeiro from colonial to imperial times, reflected through the perspective of the city’s water supply. Her scientific interests are focused on social, political, and cultural history, especially of Brazil, but also of Spanish America and Europe. She interrogates the origins and development of early modern political orders and social struggles, but is also concerned with contemporary topics such as labor history and the history of human rights. In 2013 she published a book titled “Handel, Nation und Religion. Kaufleute zwischen Hamburg und Portugal im 17. Jahrhundert” (Commerce, Nation and Religion. Merchants between Hamburg and Portugal in the Seventeenth Century), which was awarded the Prize of the Society for Research on Historical Migration (Germany). She studied in Hamburg, Toulouse and Lisbon, graduated in Mathematics as well as in History and Latin American Studies and received her PhD in History from Hamburg University.