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Dr. Richard F. Wetzell

Research Fellow
Editor, GHI Bulletin & Website
Press Officer

German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Phone +1.202.387.3355

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Biographical Summary

Richard F. Wetzell is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC and editor of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute. He studied at Swarthmore College (B.A.), and did his graduate work in European history at Columbia University (M.A.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and the Catholic University of America. His research focuses on the intersection of law, science, and politics in modern Germany as well as the history of deviance. His publications include Inventing the Criminal: A History of German Criminology, 1880-1945 (2000), Crime and Criminal Justice in Modern Germany (ed., 2014), Engineering Society: The Role of the Human and Social Sciences in Modern Societies, 1880-1980 (co-edited, 2012), and Criminals and Their Scientists: The History of Criminology in International Perspective (co-edited, 2006). He is currently completing a legal and political history of penal reform titled The Politics of Punishment: German Penal Reform, 1870-1970.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Modern German history
  • Legal history
  • Cultural history
  • History of science and medicine
  • History of deviance and social control
  • History of sexuality


GHI Research Project


Professional Positions

since 2002 Research Fellow and Editor, German Historical Institute Washington DC
(Editor, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute)
2005/2008 Adjunct Associate Professor, BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University (Spring 2005, Spring 2008, Fall 2008)
2000 - 2002 Research Fellow, German Historical Institute Washington DC
1995 - 2000 Assistant Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park
1993 - 1995 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University
1991 - 1993 Assistant Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park