Steffen Rimner holds a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University (2014) and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at International Security Studies at Yale University. 

Under contract with Harvard University Press, his first book is based on archival research in six languages and eleven countries across East and Southeast Asia, Western Europe and North America. It explores the social, ideological, economic and political origins of global narcotics control in transnational perspective, from protests against the opium trade to the League of Nations. 

At Harvard, he was the John Clive Fellow and affiliated with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs from 2010 to 2013, as a Graduate Student Associate, a Research Fellow of the Canada Program and a member of the Executive Committee. He has received additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Harvard University Asia Center, the Jens Aubrey Westengard Fund, Harvard's History Department and the Harvard Committee on Australian Studies and has held fellowships at Columbia University and, upon the initiative of the SIAS consortium, at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the National Humanities Center (2013-14).