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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Ms Melina Mandelbaum





Prof Sarah Colvin

About me

BA International Studies (Goldsmiths); MSc Comparative Politics (London School of Economics); MPhil European Literature and Culture (Cambridge)


My research interests lie at the intersection of literary, cultural, and political studies. Drawing on my interdisciplinary education in these fields, my doctoral research explores representations of citizenship in the German language novel from the Imperial Era to the present day. An inherently contested concept, citizenship can be understood as a central determinant of many of today’s most pressing challenges, including matters of poverty and inequality, individual freedom, civic engagement, cultural identity and migration. In approaching these issues through the lens of creative fiction, I aim to promote a deeper understanding of how contestations over citizenship are staged not only administratively and physically, but also symbolically.


  • AHRC PhD Scholarship, 2016-19
  • King’s College Cambridge Graduate Scholarship, 2016-19
  • Honorary Vive-Chancellor’s Award, 2016-19
  • Christ’s College Cambridge Graduate Scholarship, 2013-15
  • Allan Little Memorial Award for best undergraduate dissertation, 2012
  • Oxford University Press Prize for best International Relations essay, 2010