Key activities

Research interets

  • Rural History in Western Europe (19th/20th Century)
  • History of Historiography (19th/20th century)
  • History of Europe (20th century)
  • History of the social sciences (20th century)

University Education

1974-1984 Romance languages and literature, History and Sociology, WWU Münster and Paris

Graduation / Academic Degrees

1994 Habilitation in History (with a work on: “The Heirs of Bloch and Febvre. Annals, historiography and nouvelle histoire in France 1945-1980”), Technical University of Darmstadt
1984 Dr. phil. in History (with a work on: “Parties and Unions. The union strategies of the communist parties in Italy and France since 1970”), University of Münster

Work Experience

10/2011-03/2012 Visiting Fellow at the European Studies Centre of  St Antony’s College Oxford
10/2010-07/2011 Fellow at the IGK „Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History“, Humboldt University Berlin
2003, 2006, 2010 Visiting Professor (1 month) at the « Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales » and the « Université Denis Didérot -Paris 7 »
since 1996 Representative Professor for modern and contemporary History, Trier University
1987-1996 Assistant lecturer at the Institute for History, TU Darmstadt and chair for contemporary history