Kerstin von der Krone

Research Fellow
German Historical Institute
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Washington DC 20009
U.S.A.
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Biographical Summary

Kerstin von der Krone is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute Washington since January 2016. Her fields of research include Jewish history in Central Europe in the modern era and the history of Jewish thought; she focuses in particular on communication practices related to education and scholarship and the transformation of knowledge and knowledge production. 

She studied Jewish Studies, Political Science, and Media and Communication Studies in Berlin and Tel Aviv and holds a master’s degree from Freie Universität Berlin (2004). She received her PhD from the University of Erfurt in 2010 with a dissertation on Jewish scholarship in nineteenth and early twentieth century that shed light on the role of academic journals as means of scholarly communication and exchange, and as a public arena to negotiate the relationship between Judaism and modern scholarship, i.e. critical historical research.  

Between January 2014 and December 2015 she has been a research fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig as part of the first funding period of the German-Israeli Research Project „Innovation through tradition? Approaching Cultural Transformation through educational media”. Before that, she was the program administrator of the research network Law in Context and its post-doctoral program Rechtskulturen: Confrontations beyond Comparison at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2012–2013). She has received fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme, the German National Academic Foundation, the FAZIT Foundation and the Minerva Foundation.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Jewish history and culture
  • Modern European History
  • History of Media and Communication
  • Intellectual History
  • History of Knowledge

GHI Research Project

Professional Positions

since 2016Research Fellow, German Historical Institute Washington DC
2014 - 2015Research Fellow, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Member of the Leibniz Association
2012 - 2013Program administrator of the research network LAW IN CONTEXT and its post-doctoral program Rechtskulturen: Confrontations beyond Comparison at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
2011 - 2012Research analysis of contemporary German history textbooks for the German-Israeli textbook commission at the Georg Eckert Institute (independent researcher)