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CityLAB: Berlin

Explore your passion for architecture, art, history, political science, studies in war and peace, computer science, and German in one of Europe's most dynamic cities.

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Portrait of Professor Emily Bereskin

Architectural History and Visual Culture

Emily Bereskin, PhD, is an architectural historian and urban studies scholar specializing in the sociological and political examination of architecture and landscape.

Her research interests include postwar reconstruction, spatial contestation, heritage and touristification processes, and conflict and territory studies. In addition to her work in Berlin, Bereskin has spent years conducting research in Germany, Cyprus, and Northern Ireland, and has expertise in divided and partitioned cities.

Currently, Bereskin is a researcher for the EU-HERA project, Governing the Narcotic City: Imaginaries, Practices, and Discourses of Public Drug Cultures in European Cities from 1970 until Today, where she investigates policies and practices governing public space, drug use, and tourism in Berlin. Prior to this, Bereskin worked at the Technical Universität’s Habitat Unit: Chair for International Urbanism and Design with the international project, Modernist Reinventions of the Rural Landscape (EU-HERA). She was also a DFG (German Research Foundation) postdoctoral fellow at the Berlin Technical University Center for Metropolitan Studies and remains a research associate of the center. She received her doctorate in 2012 from Bryn Mawr College.