Sonja Matter

Sonja Matter is post-doc at the University of Basel. She received her PhD at the University of Bern. In her dissertation, she focused on the history of social work in Switzerland (1900-1960). Prior to attending the University of Basel, she was a lecturer in the History Department of the University of Bern, Basel and Lucerne and a visiting researcher in the History Department at Harvard University and the Institute for Contemporary History in Vienna. She was member of the research project “Philanthropy and Social Vulnerability in Switzerland (1890-1920)” financed by the Swiss National Research Foundation. Her main research interests are the history of the welfare state, history of philanthropy, history of poverty, women’s and gender history and the history of adolescence.

Recent publications:

  • Der Armut auf den Leib rücken. Die Professionalisierung der Sozialen Arbeit in der Schweiz (1900-1960), Zürich 2011, second edition 2013;
  • Strategien der Existenzsicherung. Philanthropie und staatliche Armenfürsorge im ausgehenden 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert, in: Philanthropie – Partnerin oder Konkurrentin des Wohlfahrtsstaates? Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichte (ÖZG), Nr. 3/2015, S. 57-79;
  • Les mondes de la charité se décrivent eux-mêmes, in: Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, vol. 61, n° 3, juillet- septembre 2014, S. 28-66 (mit Stéphane Baciocchi, Thomas David, Lucia Katz, Anne Lhuissier, Christian Topalov).

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