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Viviana Acuña Azuaje

Institute of North American History
University of Cologne
50923 Cologne

Tel.:  +49 221-470 5631
Fax: +49 221-470 4996
E-Mail: vacunaa1(at)

Philosophikum, Ground Floor, Room 0.009

Curriculum Vitae


Since 2021 | Ph.D. Candidate in North American History, supervised by Prof. Dr. Anke Ortlepp, University of Cologne and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Monique Laney, Auburn University, USA

2018-2021 | Graduate Studies in North American Studies (Focus on Postcolonial Studies and Politics), University of Bonn

2015-2017 | Undergraduate Studies on Romance Studies & English Studies, University of Cologne

Scholarships and Felowships

10/2022 | Doctoral Research Felowship, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C

Since 04/2022 | Doctoral scholarship, Integrated Track at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, University of Cologne

10/2021-04/ 2022 | Pre-doc scholarship, a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, University of Cologne

08/2014 | University Summer School Scholarship, DAAD , Bonn

Professional Experience

08/2022-06/ 2023 | Research Assistant , ML4Q (Matter and Light for Quantum Computing), University of Cologne

06/2021-10/2021 | Program & Project Administrator, Deparment of Cooperation Projects in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America (P24), DAAD

2019-2021| Research Assistant, International Relations Center of the Management, Economics, and Social Sciences Faculty, University of Cologne

2018 | Student Assistant, International Office Abteilung 93, University of Cologne

2017-2018 | Internship, DAAD Cuba, Universidad de La Habana

Conferences and Presentations

05/ 2023 | “Women of Color in STEM Careers at NASA during the 80s and the 90s” Meeting of the Historians in the DGfA Historians Conference, Tutzing.

03/2023 | Presentation of the doctoral thesis, Barnes Conference, Temple University, USA.

Research Interests

  • Critical Race Studies
  • Memory Studies
  • Oral History
  • Space History
  • Gender History
  • History of Science and  Technology