Steffen Rimner is currently Assistant Professor of the History of International Relations at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His area of specialization is the Asia Pacific region and its changing global influence from the late nineteenth century to the present.
He was educated at the University of Konstanz (B.A.), Yale University and Harvard University (A.M., Ph.D.) He was formerly the John Clive Fellow at Harvard University where he was affiliated with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He has held fellowships at Yale (International Security Studies) and with SIASSI at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.
At the University of Oxford, he was a fellow at the Rothermere American Institute and a guest at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at St Antony’s College. At Columbia University, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. He subsequently held fellowships at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, at the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University and was a Transregional Research Junior Scholar of the InterAsian Contexts and Connections program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York. Prior to coming to Utrecht, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Tobunken) at the University of Tokyo.
He has taught on the B.A. and M.A. levels at Harvard and Columbia where he served as the liaison of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute to the International Network to Expand Regional and Collaborative Teaching (INTERACT), Columbia’s flagship program for the enhancement of explicitly global student literacy and for leadership in the innovation of teaching Asia in higher education and academia. At Columbia, he also participated in the Historical Dialogue, Justice, and Memory Network of the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights.
In addition to financial support through fellowships, he has won grants by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Harvard University Asia Center, the Committee on Australian Studies at Harvard, the American Philosophical Society, Columbia University, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and others.
He has given invited talks, amongst others, at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Harvard Seminar on History and Policy), at the American Historical Association (AHA) Toynbee Prize Foundation panel on The Intersections of Global and Diplomatic History, at the Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID) in Geneva (Séminaire du History of International Organizations Network (HION)), at the University of Konstanz (Kolloquium Neuere Geschichte und Zeitgeschichte), at the University of Oxford (China Centre lecture), at Princeton University (East Asian Studies Seminar), at Columbia University (Weatherhead East Asian Institute, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), International History Workshop, University Seminar on Modern Japan), at the University of Birmingham (Centre for Modern and Contemporary History seminar) and the University of Tokyo (IOC seminar).
In 2018, he was awarded an Early Career Seed Fund Grant by the British Academy, following an invitation by the British Academy to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to pursue interdisciplinary work on the theme of violence.