Biographical Summary

Dagmar Ellerbrock is the Professor of History and Chair for Modern History at the Technische University Dresden as well as the Principal Investigator and founding member of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1285: Invectivity. She was Hannah Arendt Chair, Munk School, University of Toronto, Canada from 2018 to 2019; a Research Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin from 2012 to 2014; a Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna in 2013; and Acting Professor at the University of Cologne from 2011 to 2012. She obtained her habilitation at the University of Bielefeld (2011). She also holds a PhD from the University of Bielefeld and an MA from the University of Freiburg. She has received grants from the DAAD, DFG, Friedrich Ebert Foundation; the German Historical Institute Washington; and the Rockefeller Archive Foundation. She joins the GHI as a Guest Scholar with a project on the History of Knowledge: “Deliberate Ignorance in the German Reunification Society since 1989 – Why people do not want to read their Stasi Files.”

Recent Publications

See profile page at TU Dresden for a full list of her publcations.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Democratization (rise and fail of German Democracy 1918-1933-1945-1989)
  • History of Violence & Security (esp. German Gun culture, Gun Rights; Security & Emotions)
  • Invectivity and Emotions
  • History of Health & Disease
  • Cultures of Knowledge & Memory (Deliberate Ignorance in Times of Historical Transformation)