About – Directors


The research project is directed by:

Philipp Gassert is Professor for Transatlantic Cultural History at the University of Augsburg. He received his Ph.D. and his degree of Habilitation from the University of Heidelberg, where he taught as an assistant and associate professor of history from 1999 to 2005. He is one of the co-founders of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies and served as its administrative director from 2003 to 2005. In 2005/06 he was Visiting Professor of North American Cultural History at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, and in 2006/07 DAAD Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In 2008/09, he served as the deputy director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. He received grants and fellowships from the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, and the German Research Council (DFG).

Philipp Gassert’s research focuses on twentieth-century international history, the history of transatlantic relations, National Socialism, and post-1945 contemporary German and European History. He is the author of Amerika im Dritten Reich: Ideologie, Propaganda und Volksmeinung, 1933-1945 (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1997), Kurt Georg Kiesinger: Kanzler zwischen den Zeiten (Munich: DVA, 2006), and co-author of Kleine Geschichte der USA (Stuttgart: 2007, paperback 2008). He is the editor and co-editor of numerous volumes, including 1968: The World Transformed (New York: Cambridge UP, 1998), Germany and the United States in the Era of the Cold War, 1945-1990, 2 vol. (New York: Cambridge UP, 2004); and Coping with the Nazi Past: West German Debates on Nazism and Generational Conflict, 1955-1975 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2006). He is completing a study on the twentieth-century anti-Americanism; he is also working on a book on the middle decades of the Federal Republic of Germany entitled Die paradoxe Republik: Westdeutschland von Erhard bis Schmidt, 1963-1982.
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Martin Klimke an associate professor of history at New York University Abu Dhabi. In addition, he is an affiliated researcher at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at the University of Heidelberg and in Transatlantic Cultural History (TCH) at the University of Augsburg, Germany. His 2005 dissertation The Other Alliance: Global Protest and Student Unrest in West Germany and the U.S., 1962-1972 was awarded the prestigious Ruprecht-Karls Prize for best doctoral thesis at the University of Heidelberg in 2006, which was published by Princeton University Press in January 2010. Klimke has been working extensively in the area of transnational history and social movements and has published numerous articles on processes of cultural transfer and global protest networks. He is the co-editor of the publication series Protest, Culture and Society (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books) and, among others, 1968 in Europe: A History of Protest and Activism, 1956-77 (New York/London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). From 2006-2010, he was the director and coordinator of the international Marie-Curie project European Protest Movements since 1945, which is supported by the European Commission.

Klimke’s research focuses on the intersection of political and cultural history, with a particular emphasis on diplomatic and transnational history. He has published essays on the transnational dimension of the African-American civil rights movement, Black Power in Germany in the 1960/70s, and has co-edited Blacks and Germans, German Blacks: Germany and the Black Diaspora, 1450-1914 (forthcoming), which explores the changing processes of interaction and perception between people of African descent and German-speaking parts of Europe from the eleventh century to the beginning of World War I. Together with Maria 

Höhn, he has written a history of the experience of African-American soldiers, activists and intellectuals in Germany in the twentieth-century entitled A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Klimke is currently working on the nuclear crisis and the Cold War of the 1980s, and is writing a transnational biography of Petra Kelly, international peace activist and co-founder of the German Green Party.
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Wilfried Mausbach received his Ph.D. from the University of Cologne, where he studied History, Political Science, and Philosophy. He has been a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., and has held assistant professorships in history at both the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Heidelberg, where he has also been a Volkswagen Foundation fellow. Since 2005, he has been the Executive Director of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA). His major research interests are in transnational and intercultural history with a focus on German-American relations during the twentieth century. He is the author of a book on American economic postwar policy toward Germany (Zwischen Morgenthau und Marshall: Das wirtschaftspolitische Deutschlandkonzept der USA 1944-1947 (Düsseldorf: Droste, 1996)), co-editor of America, the Vietnam War, and the World: Comparative and International Perspectives (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), and an adjunct editor of The United States and Germany in the Era of the Cold War, 1945-1990: A Handbook, 2 vols. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004). His essay, “Forlorn Superpower: European Reactions to the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq,” was recently been published in Lloyd C. Gardner and Marilyn B. Young, eds., Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam, or, How Not to Learn from History (New York: The New Press, 2007), 59-87. He is currently at work on a book about Germany and the Vietnam War.  
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