PD Dr. Axel Jansen

PD Dr. Axel Jansen

Deputy Director
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
U.S.A.
Phone +1.202.387.3355

Biographical Summary

Axel Jansen completed an M.A. in history at the University of Oregon and his doctorate at Goethe University Frankfurt where he remains a private lecturer (Privatdozent). He has held a number of fellowships (including a Fulbright American studies fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles and a visiting fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge) and he has taught at several universities in the U.S. and in Germany, among them Frankfurt, Tübingen, Heidelberg, and UCLA. In his research, Axel Jansen focuses on United States history and on the history of science. Key publications include Alexander Dallas Bache: Building the American Nation through Science and Education in the Nineteenth Century (2011) and Individuelle Bewährung im Krieg. Amerikaner in Europa, 1914-1917 (2003). Among his recent co-edited volumes are Legitimizing Science: National and Global Publics, 1800-2010 (edited by Axel Jansen, Andreas Franzmann, and Peter Münte, 2015) and Die Methodenschule der Objektiven Hermeneutik: Eine Bestandsaufnahme (edited by Roland Becker-Lenz, Andreas Franzmann, Axel Jansen, and Matthias Jung, 2016). 

Main Areas of Interest

  • History of the United States
  • History of Science

Professional Positions

since 2016 Deputy Director, German Historical Institute, Washington DC
2015-2016 Temporary Full Professor for North American History, Goethe University Frankfurt
2014-2015 Temporary Full Professor (Curt-Engelhorn-Stiftungsprofessur für Amerikanische Geschichte), Department of History, Heidelberg University
2012-2013 Temporary Full Professor, Kassel University
2012 Courtesy Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Oregon
2010-2011 Lecturer at Heidelberg University
2008-2011 Assistant Professor, Department of History, Tübingen University
2008 Lecturer, Department of History, UCLA
1999-2003 Research Fellow, American Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt