Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991 – 1996
    Studied modern and contemporary history, mediaeval history and German philology at Mainz University, Germany; at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France; and at the University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 1998 – 2002
    Instructor in the Department of History at the University of Freiburg

  • 2001
    Doctorate (Dr phil.), University of Freiburg

  • 2002 – 2009
    Assitant Professor (wissenschaftliche Assistentin) at the Chair of modern and contemporary history at the University of Freiburg

  • Since 2009
    Director of the junior research group "Family Values and Social Change. The American Family in the US in the 20th Century" in the German Research Foundation (DFG) Emmy Noether Programme

  • 2009
    Assistant professor of modern and contemporary history (W 1), Department of History, WWU Münster

  • Since 2019
    Professor for contemporary history (W 2), Department of History, WWU Münster

Selected publications

  • Wert der Familie: Debatten um Ehescheidung, Frauenarbeit und Reproduktion in den USA des 20. Jahrhunderts, Berlin / Boston 2018 (Family Values and Social Change, Band 3), Paperback Berlin / Boston 2020.

  • Vom „Kindersegen“ zur „Familienplanung“? Eine Wissensgeschichte reproduktiven Entscheidens in der Moderne, 1890-1990, in: Historische Zeitschrift (HZ) 310 (2020), Heft 1, S. 23-51, peer reviewed.

  • Special Issue: Reproductive Decision-Making in Comparative Perspective, edited with Johanna Schoen, Journal of Modern European History (JMEH) 17 (2019), vol. 3

  • Wertewandel, Version: 1.0, in: Docupedia-Zeitgeschichte, 22. 10.2012.

  • Inventing the "Modern American Family": Family Values and Social Change in 20th Century United States. Frankfurt a.M. 2012

  • Heinemann, I., Wagner, P.: Wissenschaft, Planung, Vertreibung: Neuordnungskonzepte und Umsiedlungspolitik im 20. Jahrhundert. Stuttgart 2006.

  • Heinemann, I.: "Rasse, Siedlung, deutsches Blut": Das Rasse- und Siedlungshauptamt der SS und die rassenpolitische Neuordnung Europas. Göttingen 2003. (2 editions, Polish Translation 2014)



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • PI Collaborative Research Center "Cultures of Decision-Making", 2015-2019, A 05: Reproductive Decision-Making in Germany and the United States in the Second Half of the 20th Century

  • Head of the Emmy Noether junior research group on "Family values and social change: The American family in the US in the 20th century" since 2009

  • Development of the exhibition "Science, planning, expulsion. The Generalplan Ost (General Plan East) of the National Socialists" within the framework of the research project "History of the German Research Foundation from 1920 to 1970", 2005 – 2006

  • Doctoral project "Race, settlement, national community. The SS Race and Settlement Main Office, 1931-1945" within the priority programme: Weltanschauung and dictatorship, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, 1998 – 2001

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Center for Digital Humanities, WWU Münster

  • Verband der Historikerinnen and Historiker Deutschlands (VHD – Association of German Historians)

  • German Association for American Studies (DGfA)

  • Arbeitskreis Historische Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung (AKHF)

  • Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)

Media coverage

  • (13) Kinderraub der Nazis – die vergessenen Opfer, ARD / MDR, Erstausstrahlung 27.4.2020.

  • (12) „Geheimnisvolle Orte – Das Messegelände am Funkturm“, ARD/MDR, Erstausstrahlung 11.9.2019.

  • (11) „Wir im Krieg – Privatfilme aus der NS-Zeit “, ZDF, Erstausstrahlung 6.8.2019.

  • (10) „Die Spur der Ahnen – Anastasia“ (über eine weißrussische Zwangsarbeiterin und ihre Kinder), ARD/MDR, Erstausstrahlung 12.9.2018 im MDR.

  • (9) „Der Zweite Weltkrieg“, Erstausstrahlung, Spiegel Geschichte, 7.6.2018 / 30.1.2019 ZDF Info

  • (8) „1968 in der BRD“, Radio Q, Hochschulradio Münster, Q History, 27.6.2018.

  • (7) „Wertewandel? Das Abtreibungsreferendum in Irland“, WDR 5, Politikum, 24.5.2018.

  • (6) „Ahnenerbe: Les terribles savants de Hitler“, réalisé par Quentin Domart, Erstausstrahlung 23.6.2017 RMC Découverte, Paris Premiere 9/2017, TV5 Monde 12/2017. Englische Version: Hitler’s Evil Scientists, Erstausstrahlung 12/2017.

  • (5) „Geheimnisvolle Orte – Der Kyffhäuser“, ARD, Erstausstrahlung, 7.3.2016.

  • (4) „Heimatlos – Menschen auf der Flucht“, Spiegel TV / Sky, Erstausstrahlung 21.1.2016.

  • (3) „1945 – 12 Städte, 12 Schicksale“, Spiegel TV / VOX, Erstausstrahlung 25.4.2015, Folge „Pilsen – Die Flucht“.

  • (2) „Töten auf Tschechisch“, ZDF-History, Erstausstrahlung 12.09.2010.

  • (1) „Eine blonde Provinz. Polen und der deutsche Rassenwahn“, Dokumentarfilm von Klaus Salge und Jacek Kubiak, Erstausstrahlung ARTE/RBB 2008.

Additional qualifications

  • Head of Emmy Noether junior research group, 2009

  • Designed an exhibition on the Generalplan Ost (General Plan East) for the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2006

  • Licence d'Historie, 1992


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)/MLP seminar on personnel management

  • University internal administration


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of four children (born 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011), resulting in a total of 42 months of parental leave since 2003


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