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Curriculum vitae

Born September 24, 1956, in Fürth /Odenwald

Education and Degrees

1976 - 1984
Studies of law and history at the Universities of Freiburg (Germany) and Geneva (Switzerland)

Law degree

M.A. (History), University of Freiburg /Breisgau

Ph.D. (History), thesis: ”Adolf Arndt. Die Wiederbegründung des Rechtsstaats aus dem Geist der Sozialdemokratie, 1945 – 1961”

Habilitation at the Department of History, Freie University Berlin; Habilitation thesis: “Naturalizing and excluding. The nationalization of citizenship in Germany from the German Confederation to the Federal Republic, 1815 - 1949”

Professional Experience

1982 - 1990
Research assistant at the Institute of Public Law, Freiburg University

1991 - 1997
Lecturer / Wissenschaftlicher Assistent at the Department of History, Freie Universität Berlin (Modern History)

Visiting professor at the European University Institute, Florence (European Forum on ”Citizenship”)

Since 2000
Associate professor (Privatdozent) at the Department of History, Freie Universität Berlin

2000 - 2001
Head of a research group at the Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main; Project: ”Europe of Dictatorship. Legal Control and Economy”.

2001 - 2002
Guest professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, Department of History

2002 - 2011
Director – together with Jürgen Kocka - of the research group “Civil Society: Historical and Social Science Perspectives” at the Social Science Research Center Berlin

2003 - 2004
Guest professor at the University of Cologne, Department of History

Since 2004 
regular guest visits (professeur invité) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris


Research Interests      

  • Modern European History
  • History of civil society and citizenship
  • History of law