Dr. Manuel Rauchholz has been a researcher and lecturer of anthropology at Heidelberg University (2012-2016). He was raised and educated in Micronesia, Japan, the United States of America and in Germany. After graduating with a Master of Theology, he completed his PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Heidelberg University in 2010 (summa cum laude).
In 2011, he received the Frobenius Research Award of the Goethe-University in Frankfurt (Main) for his study on the emotional effects of adoption in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia, with the title: "Towards and Understanding of Adoption, Person and Emotion: The Ideal Norm and Reality of Life amongst the Chuukese of Micronesia" (publication in progress with Berghahn Books). His research interests are cross-cultural ethics, legal and political anthropology, religion, gender and kinship studies.
His current research regards the ethics of micro and macro forms of exchange and exploitation with an article with the title “Masculine Sexuality, Violence and Sexual Exploitation in Micronesia” (in The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (TAPJA 2016), and in an upcoming edited interdisciplinary volume on Law and Custom in Micronesia with the journal, Pacific Studies).
In the past, Manuel Rauchholz also had various teaching commitments at different institutions of higher education. In conjunction with his consulting firm, Rauchholz is currently developing an interdisciplinary educational and research project with the government of Chuuk State in Micronesia. He is married to Prof. Dr. Mihamm Kim-Rauchholz with whom he has three children.