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Félix Krawatzek

Félix Krawatzek is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2018) based at the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations and a Research Fellow at Nuffield College. He finished his DPhil in 2015 after studies at the University of Kent (BA), the Institut d’Études Politiques in Lille (MA) and the University of Oxford (MSc). He was a visiting fellow at Sciences Po Paris (Centre d’études et de recherches internationales) in 2012-13.

Félix's current academic interests revolve around governance of and ideas about the future in a comparative perspective. During his doctorate he studied the role of youth for understanding moments of regime crisis, and he has a long-standing interest in questions related to collective memory in particular in the European context. Félix is also involved in a larger project studying migrants' remittances in a historical perspective.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The hysterical anti-migrant and anti-refugee rhetoric from the Republican candidates in the US presidential race has reached a fever pitch lately, with Donald Trump leading the charge. From advocating the building of a wall on the Mexican border to calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the US, he has taken some positions on “outsiders” that would make some of Europe’s staunchest right-wing populists blush. But Trump could benefit from a little reflection on his own background. He himself is the grandson of a German immigrant, Friedrich Drumpf, who came to the US in 1885 – one of a great many Germans who settled in American society and helped make it what it …