Barbara was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre between May 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012.
Her research focuses on issues of educational governance, transnational educational actors and organisations, education in Republican China, and the discursive construction of the educational field in China. Further research interests include the emergence of vocational education in China within a comparative framework (India and Argentina). Barbara also teaches in the Asian Studies Master's Programme.
Barbara studied Sinology, Education, English, and German studies at the University of Cologne, at Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing University, Nanjing Institute of Education, and at Humboldt University, Berlin, where she graduated in 2000 on the academic discourse of cultural linguists in China. She completed her PhD in Comparative Education, Sinology, and History in 2007 on the emerging idea of vocational education in Republican China. From 2000 to 2005, and from 2007 to 2009, she worked at the Centre for Comparative Education, Humboldt University, with a teaching and research focus on China and East Asia. From 2005 to 2009, she additionally worked in a research project on 'vocational education as a representation of social order' in China, India, and Argentina, part of a larger interdisciplinary research cluster that is funded by the German Research Agency and where she is still an associated researcher. After her graduation, Barbara has spent numerous research stays in China and Japan. She has also served as consultant for the International Bureau of Education (IBE) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Barbara's major publications include a monograph on the emerging idea of vocational education in Republican China (Zur Rettung des Landes. Bildung und Beruf im China der Republikzeit, Campus 2008, with an English version in preparation) and a volume on transcultural transfer (Transfer lokalisiert: Konzepte, Akteure, Kontexte, Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2006). Her articles and book chapters deal with issues of transnational transfer of educational knowledge and models into 20th and 21st century China, with Chinese academic communities, with the emergence of vocational education in China and Argentina, and, most recently, with questions of educational governance in China.