Welcome! My name is Dr Jordan Girardin. I am a historian of tourism and a travel writer. I am currently a DAAD-Leibniz research fellow at the Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz, Germany. I also studied, lectured, and conducted research at the University of St Andrews from 2012 to 2018. I am regularly involved in projects in Germany, Britain, Switzerland and France.
I was born and raised in eastern France, a few miles from the Swiss border. I have an undergraduate degree from Sciences Po Lyon (France) and postgraduate from the University of St Andrews (UK) - I also spent some time at Penn (USA), UniBasel (Switzerland) and UniErfurt (Germany). In 2016 I received my PhD on the history of travel in the Alps at the University of St Andrews; I was then an Associate Lecturer in the same department for two academic years.
My main interest in life is travel, transport, and tourism. Since my childhood I have had a keen passion for trains, railways, and transport in general. I am now putting these interests and passions at the centre of my daily projects: as an academic, as a writer, as a freelance worker. In September 2017 I launched my own travel podcast called Dear Railway- you are most welcome to give it a listen. I also write articles about Swiss tourism on Newly Swissed.
Don't hesitate to get in touch if you wish to find out more or to work together.