Modern History / Contemporary History (19th - 21st century)

Dr. Tamar Amar-Dahl

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics

Ihnestr. 22, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)
838-73180 (telefonische Vermittlung über Presse und Kommunikation

Areas of Expertise

  • History and policy of the state of Israel
  • Political culture in Israel
  • History of Zionism
  • Jewish history
  • Israel and the Shoa
  • Mideast conflict

Dr. Arnd Bauerkämper
Professor of History

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Berlin School for Comparative European History

Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Resistance against the Nazi regime
  • Organizations of the Nazi dictatorship
  • Warfare
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Policy toward Jews
  • Hitler’s personality
  • Broad internal and external policies of the “Third Reich”
  • Relationship of political institutionalization and social anchoring of Europe
  • Economic, social, and cultural interactions
  • History of the EEC, EC, and EU
  • Fascism in Europe (1918 - 1945)
  • Dealing with National Socialism
  • Fascism and collaboration in Europe after 1945
  • History of the GDR
  • Historical terrorism research
  • History of memories of the Second World War

Dr. Stefan Bollinger

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science
Domestic Policy and System Comparison

Ihnestr. 22, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Discontinued “peaceful revolution” in the GDR 1989/90
  • General orientation, changes, the rise and collapse of socialism in the 20th century
  • History and politics of the GDR and problems in achieving German unification
  • History of Eastern Europe in 1917 and 1944/45 to 1990/91

Dr. Jessica Gienow-Hecht
Professor of History

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of History

Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

History and Cultural History:

  • International history
  • North American history
  • Modern history, 19th  - 21st century
  • History of the USA: Culture, history, politics, diplomacy

Politics and Society:

  • US foreign policy
  • Transatlantic relations
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Nation branding — self-projection and performance of nations
  • Public diplomacy / cultural diplomacy

Culture and Media:

  • Emotions / history of emotions
  • Media history
  • Music history

Continents and Regions:

  • USA, North America
  • Transatlantic relations
  • History of US-Japanese relations

Dr. Michael Goebel
Professor of History

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Friedrich Meinecke Institute

Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Global history
  • Latin American history
  • Migration history
  • Immigration in Europe esp. France
  • Urban history
  • History of empires

Dr. Michaela Hampf
Professor of United States History

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of History
Graduate School of North American Studies

Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • American cultural history
  • African American history
  • Gender history
  • Media history of the 19th and early 20th centuries

Dr. Volker Hess
Professor of Medicine

Charité - University Medicine
Charité Center 1 for Health and Human Sciences
Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine

Thielallee 67-73, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • History of medical practices and techniques in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • History of biological drugs and drug regulation
  • Cultural history of psychiatry
  • History of medicine
  • History of medicine in Berlin

Dr. Nadin Heé
Professor of History

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Friedrich Meinecke Institute

Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • History of knowledge
  • History of science
  • East Asia
  • Colonialism
  • Decolonization
  • Cold War

Dr. Oliver Janz
Professor of History

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Friedrich Meinecke Institute

Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • History of World War I
  • History of Italy in the 19th and 20th centuries

Prof. Sebastian Jobs
Professor of North American Studies

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of History

Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural history of the United States
  • Alltagsgeschichte (history from below)
  • History of New York
  • Slavery in the United States of America
  • African American history
  • Gender history
  • Political productions and rituals
  • Rumors

Dr. Philipp Krämer

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Institute of German and Dutch Languages and Literatures
Dutch Linguistics

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Dipl.-Frankreichwissenschaftler, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Overseas France, Indian Ocean Islands, and the Caribbean
  • Saarland, Lorraine, and Luxembourg
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Scandinavia
  • Creole languages, languages of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean region
  • Multilingualism and language policy
  • Dialects, minority languages, regional languages
  • Critique of language, linguistic purism, language ideology
  • Racism
  • Colonialism and postcolonial societies

Dr. Martin Lüthe
Professor of North American Studies

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of Culture

Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • African American studies
  • Gender studies
  • Popular culture
  • History of the mass media
  • Pop music

Dr. Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek
Professor of German Literature

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Institute of German and Dutch Languages and Literatures
German Literature

Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Culture of emotions
  • Satire, irony, comedy
  • German-Jewish contemporary literature
  • Modern poetry
  • Theater of the Enlightenment
  • Neurocognitive poetics

Dr. Daniel Morat

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Friedrich Meinecke Institute

Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Intellectual history and history of science
  • Media history and history of modern sensory perception
  • History of popular culture
  • Urban history
  • Theory of history

Dr. Paul Nolte
Professor of Modern History

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Friedrich Meinecke Institute
Modern History

Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin

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Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary German history
  • German society and politics in historical and contemporary dimensions
  • Democracy, past and present
  • Transformation of the political party system, elections, and social milieus

Dr. Cord Pagenstecher

Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS)

Ihnestraße 24, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Nazi forced labor
  • Oral history archive
  • Oral history
  • Digital humanities
  • Educational programs

Dr. Gertrud Pickhan
Professor of History

Institute for East European Studies
Department of History

Garystraße 55, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • History and situation of the Jewish people in Poland and Russia
  • History of Eastern Europe: especially Russia, Ukraine, and Poland
  • Contemporary history of Eastern Europe
  • History and culture of the People’s Republic of Poland

Dr. Ute Schmidt
Privatdozent

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Forschungsverbund SED-Staat (Research Association on the SED State)

Koserstraße 21, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • History of the CDU in West and East (Germany)
  • Exodus and expulsion at the end of World War II
  • Displacement, forced migration, and deportation in the 20th century

Dr. Peter Schöttler
Professor of Modern History

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut (FMI)

Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • French and German-French history since 1789
  • Study of French and German history since Voltaire and Ranke, but particularly after 1918
  • Marc Bloch, Fernand Braudel, and the historical school of thought of the 'Annales'

Dr. Shabo Talay
Professor of Semitic Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies
Semitic Studies

Fabeckstraße 23-25, Berlin 14195

Areas of Expertise

  • Semitic languages
  • Arabic and Arabic dialectology (i.e., Syria, Iraq, Turkey)
  • Aramaic languages in the Near East and in Europe
  • Oriental Christians, past and present
  • Christian-Muslim coexistence in the Near East
  • Ethnic group of Arameans, Assyrians, Chaldeans
  • Coexistence of Kurds and Syrian-Aramaic Christians (Turkey, Syria, Iraq)

Dr. Jochen Töpfer

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Institute for East European Studies
Division of Sociology

Garystraße 55, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Social, political, and economic aspects of the processes in Eastern Europe
  • Southeastern Europe / former Yugoslavia
  • Privatization
  • Informality and neo-feudalism
  • Parties and political elites in transformation
  • Transboundary cooperation in border regions of the EU
  • Religion and society
  • Religion and politics

Dr. Bryan van Sweringen

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Dept. of History and Dept. of Political Science

Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • World War I and World War II
  • U.S. national security policy from 1917 to 2010
  • Occupation in Germany and Berlin by the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Stationing of U.S. forces in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Military tradition in the U.S.
  • Political cabaret