Margret Frenz studied South Asian and European History and Slavonic Studies at the University of Heidelberg (1991-1997). In 2000, she completed her PhD on the transition to British rule in South India in the late 18th and early 19th century.
She joined the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin as a research fellow (2001-2003), working on “Geschichte und Kultur Afrikas, Südasiens und des Vorderen Orients seit dem 18. Jahrhundert” (History and Culture of Africa, South Asia and the Middle East since the 18th century). She undertook several research trips to India. Her current interest focuses on migration movements across the Indian Ocean and beyond it. Since October 2004 she is working as a FeodorLynen Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
Her publications include: From Contact to Conquest: Transition to British Rule in Malabar, 17901805, New Delhi 2003; and Sharing Sovereignty. The Little Kingdom in South Asia, edited with Georg Berkemer, Berlin 2003.
During her stay at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Margret Frenz examined the question to what extent memory and oral history can be regarded as historical sources.