Ines Eben v. Racknitz has been working at the School of History at Nanjing University since 2011, since 2016 as Associate Professor and teaches Chinese history. She studied Sinology, Religious Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Leipzig, Renmin University in Beijing, Stanford University and the Freie Universität Berlin before receiving her PhD in History from the University of Konstanz in 2009. Further professional stations took her to the University of Erfurt, the Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou and again to the FU Berlin. Her research area is the history of China in the 19th and 20th centuries, which she investigates from the perspective of a global historian. Her research topics have included the events of the sacking of the Yuanming yuan in 1860, more recently she has also been concerned with Chinese cartographic history and especially the history of the Manchus at the end of the Qing period.