Main Research Areas
- History of the Soviet Union in a Global Context: Socialist Internationalism, Soviet Development Aid to the Global South, Communism in the Global South
- History of Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Iran
- Entanglements Between the Socialist World and the Islamic World
- History of the Cold War in a Global Context
Originally from the United States, Timothy Nunan received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2013, where he wrote his dissertation on international development in Afghanistan during the Cold War. Following a fellowship at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (2013-2014 and 2015-2016) and a Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Zentralasien-Seminar at the Humboldt University in Berlin (2014-2015), he then led a Freigeist Research Group on the history of Islamism in the Cold War at the Free University of Berlin (2016-2022). He also served as the Acting Chair in Global History at the Free University of Berlin in 2022. Since October 2022, Nunan has been Professor for Transregional Cultures of Knowledge in the Department for Interdisciplinary and Multiscalar Area Studies (DIMAS) at the University of Regensburg.