Short CV/Education and training

  • 1985 – 1992
    Worked as a teacher in training courses for the unemployed, as a teacher at the state-approved vocational school for care assistants at the Vorwerker care homes in Lübeck (Christian social welfare agency), as head of the social sciences department for upper secondary education at the State Institute for Schools and Media (LISUM) in Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany

  • 1992
    Doctorate under Prof. Dr. Klaus-Jürgen Tillmann in education at the University of Hamburg, Germany (fellowship from the Hans Böckler Foundation)

  • 1993 – 2002
    Research associate at the Department of School Pedagogy (University of Hamburg)

  • 2002
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Hamburg (Habilitation fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG); subject: general education and teaching and research on schools)

  • 2001 – 2002
    Interim professor (C3) of school pedagogy at the University of Vechta, Germany

  • 2002 – 2003
    Professor (C3) of school pedagogy/school development at the Freiburg University of Education, Germany

  • 2003 – 2004
    Professor (C3) of secondary education pedagogy/school development at the University of Münster, Germany

  • 2004 – 2012
    Professor (C4) of general and historical educational science at the TU Berlin, Germany

  • Since 2012
    Professor (W3-S) of historical educational research at the Humboldt University of Berlin and director of the BBF | Research Library for the History of Education at DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education

  • 2018
    Professeur Invité at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

  • Since 2019
    Deputy Executive Director of DIPF

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • SoQuZ – Social Data as Sources of Contemporary History (funded by the DFG), since 2020

  • MythErz – Educational Myths About the GDR (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)), since 2019

  • Abitur Examination Practices and Respective Essays From 1882 to 1972. Knowledge (Re)presentation in a Historical-praxeological Pilot Project (Leibniz Competition 2016, funding line for innovative projects), since 2016

  • Scientific Information Service in Pedagogy and Educational Science (funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)), since 2015

  • IRiK – Institutional Risk Constellations of Sexual Violence in Family-related Pedagogical Contexts (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)), 2013–2015

  • Schools in Times of Change (Schule im Wandel V): Ideas, Actors, Knowledge – Comprehensive Schools in Hesse as Seen in Their District-wide Implementation in Wetzlar From the 1970s to the Present, 2013–2015

  • Student Newspapers in the Context of Grammar School Cultures in the 1950s and 1960s in West Germany: Artefacts of the Culture of Academic-track secondary Schools and Changes in their Significance (PAUSE) (funded by the DFG), 2012–2015

  • GemSe – Sense of Community and Social Heterogeneity in the First Year of School Enrolment in Reform-oriented Secondary Schools (funded by the BMBF), 2011–2013

  • KEG – Co-operative Development Partnership of Two All-day Primary Schools (funded by the BMBF), 2010–2013

  • LUGS – Developing Teaching and a Culture of Learning in All-day Schools. Reconstructions for Transforming Teaching and Learning in Schools (funded by the BMBF and the European Science Foundation (ESF)), 2005–2009

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Division "History of Education" at DGfE (German Educational Research Association), since 09/2019

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the "Bildungslabors für die LehrerInnenbildung der School of Education" at University of Salzburg/Austria, since 08/2019

  • Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Georg Eckert Institute – Leibniz Institute of International Textbook Research (GEI), since 2017, deputy chairperson 2015-2017

  • Member of the Interdisciplinary Working Group „Archiv sozial- und wirtschaftswissenschaftlicher Erhebungen und amtlicher Statistiken Deutschlands nach 1945“, promoted by the Werner-Reimers-Foundation, since 2017

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the journal Zeitschrift für interpretative Schul- und Unterrichtsforschung, since 2016

  • Co-editor of the journal Jahrbuch für Historische Bildungsforschung (JHB) (Yearbook for the History of Education), since 2016

  • Member of the Advsory Board of the Center for Information and Research on German Education and Science Policy at the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), since 2015

  • Member of the External Avisory Board of the Centrum für Lehrerbildung und Bildungsforschung (CeLeB) (Centre for Teacher Training and Educational Research) at the University of Hildesheim, since 2015

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the journal Jahrbuch Ganztagsschule (Yearbook on All-day School) , since 2015

  • Co-editor of the serial Quellen und Dokumente zur Geschichte der Erziehung (Sources and Documents on the History of Education), since 2013

  • Co-editor of the serial Bildungsgeschichte. Forschung – Akzente – Perspektiven (History of Education. Research – Highlights – Perspectives), since 2013

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Deutsche Comenius Gesellschaft (German Comenius Society), since 2013

  • Member of the Fachausschusses Geistes-, Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften am Akkreditierungs-, Certifizierungs- und Qualitäts-Institut (Specialists Committee for Humanities, Language and Cultural Studies of the Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute, ACQUIN), since 2012

  • Member of the Chamber for Education, Children and Youth of the EKD (Protestant Church of Germany), since 2014

  • Co-editor of the journal “Zeitschrift für Pädagogik“ (Journal of Pedagogy) , since 2012

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute for School Quality Improvement (ISQ), 2012–2014

  • Member of the Executive Board of the DGfE – German Educational Research Association, 2010–2016, vice chair 2012–2013, chair 2013– 2014

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the journal Die Deutsche Schule (DDS) (The German School), since 2009

  • Member of the Advisory Board f the serial Pädagogische Fallanthologie, since 2007

  • Co-editor of the journal Zeitschrift für interpretative Schul- und Unterrichtsforschung , 2007–2016

  • Jury Member of the Landeslehrpreis (i.e state teaching award), Pedagogical Universities (Pädagogische Hochschulen) in Baden-Wuerttemberg, 2007– 2012

  • Member of the Jury for the DGfE Junior Researchers Prize, 2006– 2008

  • Member of several committees appointing professorships at the Humboldt-University Berlin, the Technical University Berlin and other universities (e.g. University of Potsdam, University of Lüneburg, Pedagogical University Freiburg, University of Göttingen)

  • Peer reviewer for various journals, such as the Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft (ZfE) (Journal of Education), and for research institutions (German Research Foundation (DFG), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Pro*Niedersachsen (for Lower Saxony), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Austrian Research Association (ÖFG), etc.)


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