Axel Jansen

Deputy Director

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

Biographical Summary

Axel Jansen completed an M.A. in history at the University of Oregon and his doctorate and Habilitation at Goethe University Frankfurt where he remains a private lecturer (Privatdozent). Before joining the GHI in 2016, he 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). He has taught at several universities in the US and in Germany, among them Frankfurt, Tübingen, Heidelberg, and UCLA. His key publications include Alexander Dallas Bache: Building the American Nation through Science and Education in the Nineteenth Century (2011). Among his recent publications are a special issue of History and Technology (edited with John Krige and Jessica Wang) on “Empires of Knowledge,” a special issue by The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (edited with Manfred Berg) on “Americans and WWI: 100 Years Later,” and Legitimizing Science: National and Global Publics, 1800-2010 (edited with Andreas Franzmann and Peter Münte, 2015).

Main Areas of Interest

  • History of the US from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-first Century
  • Transatlantic History of Science and the Professions
  • History of the Unconditional-basic-income Concept
  • Transatlantic Memory Studies
  • Research Strategies and Methodologies in the Humanities and Social Sciences