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 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