Phillip Wagner

Guest Scholar

Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute
Institute of European Studies | University of California, Berkeley | 249 Philosophy Hall | Berkeley, CA 94720-2316

Biographical Summary

Phillip Wagner is a historian of European and transnational history, working on the nexus of democracy and education, internationalism and urban planning. His current project, entitled "Guiding Democrats: Education and Democratic Citizenship in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1945-2000", investigates the ambivalent role of schools in shaping democratic citizenship in the Federal Republic of Germany between 1945 and 2000. Published under the title Stadtplanung für die Welt: Internationales Expertenwissen 1900-1960 in 2016, his prize-winning PhD dissertation examines the internationalism of urban planners in the first half of the twentieth century, probing how experts from competing professional and political camps formed transnational networks in a period of dramatic international crisis. An assistant professor at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Phillip Wagner has been supported by institutions such as the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, and the German Historical Institutes London, Washington, DC, and Paris. In 2022/23 he is Visiting Scholar in the Institute of European Studies at UC Berkeley, with a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Main Areas of Interest

  • German, European and North American history in a global framework (19th & 20th centuries)
  • Intellectual and social history of democracy
  • History of education, youth and childhood
  • History of internationalism and transnational networks
  • Urban history