Matthias Middell

Matthias Middell
  • Director M.A.-Program 'Global Studies' / Professor of Global History
    Editor 'Comparativ' and 'geschichte.transnational'
    +49 341 97 30 232
  • Curriculum Vitae


    born in Leipzig, Germany


    Study of History at the University of Leipzig


    PhD in Modern History with a Thesis on “The Constitution of the French Counter- Revolutionary Movements in 1788-1792” (published in 2005)


    Assistant at the University of Leipzig incl. post-doc times at the University of Paris (Sorbonne), the Fondazione Einaudi Turin, the Universities of Lyon II, Rennes II, Rouen

    since 1994

    Managing Director of the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Leipzig


    Deputy Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre (DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich) „Processes of Identification in and with the Region” at the University of Leipzig

    since 2001

    Director of the PhD-Program “Transnationalization and Regionalization from the 18th Century to our times” at Leipzig


    Habilitation for the Field of Cultural History with a Thesis on “World History Writing in the Age of Professionalization and Disciplinization. The Institute for Cultural and Universal History in Leipzig 1890-1990” (published in 2005)


    Professorship in Comparative Cultural History of Modern Europe at the University of Leipzig

    since 2005 

    Head of the Consortium for the European Master-Program “Global Studies

    since 2006 

    Director of the Graduate Centre in the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig

    since 2007

    Associate Professor, University of Leipzig


    Fulbright Distinguished Professor in Transnational History at Duke University

    since 2009

    Spokesperson of the Centre for Area Studies of the University of Leipzig


    Fellow in residence at the Netherlands Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences 

    since 2012

    Member of the Board and Spokesperson of the French Studies Center (Frankreichzentrum) of the University of Leipzig

    since 2013

    Member of the Council of Leipzig University's Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy

    since 2013

    In Charge of Research Affairs at Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy and Member of the Research Committee of the University of Leipzig

    since 2013

    Co-Spokesperson (together with Christoph Kleine) of the Research Profile Area of the University of Leipzig "Global Connections and Comparisons"

    since 2015

    Member of the Senate of the University of Leipzig

    complete CV

    Editorial Duties

    Co-Editor of Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung, Leipzig (since 1991)

    Co-Editor of Geschichte.Transnational (since 2004)

    H-Soz+Kult (editor in charge of Western European History) (since 2001)

    Co-Editor of Themenportal Europäische Geschichte (since 2008)

    Co-Editor of the following book series

    Beiträge zur Universalgeschichte und vergleichenden Gesellschaftsforschung, Leipzig since 1991

    Deutsch-Französische Kulturbibliothek, Leipzig since 1993

    Geschichtswissenschaft und Geschichtskultur im 20. Jahrhundert, Leipzig since 1997

    Edition Weltregionen, Vienna since 1996

    L’Europe en réseaux. Contributions à l’histoire de la culture écrite 1650-1918, Leipzig/ Budapest since 2004

    Global History and International Studies, Leipzig since 2006

    Europäische Geschichte in Quellen und Essays, Stuttgart since 2012

    Transnationale Geschichte, Göttingen since 2013

    Recent Main Publications


    The Routledge Companion to the French Revolution in World History, London: Routledge 2015 (with Alan Forrest)

    Multiple Secularities beyond the West: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age, Berlin: de Gruyter 2015 (with Marian Burchardt and Monika Wohlrab-Sahr)

    1989 in a global perspective (=Global History and International Studies, Bd. 10), Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2014 (with Ulf Engel and Frank Hadler)

    Cultural Transfers, Encounters and Connections in the Global 18th Century (=Global History and International Studies, Bd. 6), Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2014

    Potentials and Challenges of Global Studies for the 21st Century, Basel 2014 (with Madeleine Herren/Patrick Manning/Philip C. McCarty/ Eric Vanhaute)

    Transnational Actors – Crossing Borders. Studies in Transnational History (=Transnationalisierung und Regionalisierung vom 18. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, 8), Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2014 (with Steffi Marung)

    Self-Reflexive Area Studies (=Global History and International Studies, vol. 5), Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2013,

    Transnational Challenges to National History Writing (=Writing the Nation Series, IV), Houndmills/ New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2013 (paperback edition 2015) (with Lluis Roura y Aulinas)

    Sozialistisches Experiment und Erneuerung in der Demokratie. Die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 1945-2010 (=Geschichte der Universität Unter den Linden, Bd. 3), Berlin: Akademie-Verlag 2012 (with Konrad H. Jarausch and Annette Vogt)

    Hunger and Scarcity under State-Socialism (Global History and International Studies, 3), Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2012 (with Felix Wemheuer)

    Main Research Fields and List of Current Projects

    • Global History and it Methodology
    • History of Cultural Transfers
    • History of Science, Historiography and Universities

    Memberships and Functions in Professional Associations


    Since 2015 Member of the Board of the International Committee for Historical Sciences

    Since 2014 Spokesperson of the Association CrossArea

    Since 2005 General Secretary of the International Committee for the Research on the History of the French Revolution (Commission of CISH)

    Since 2010-2015 President of the Network of Organisations in Global and World History (Commission of CISH)

    2005-2008 President of the European Network in Universal and Global History; since 2008: Vice-President


    Current Courses: 

    Lecture GS 7100: Global History

    Seminar GS 7100 and ES 9 : Global History and Western Europe: Case Studies

    Lecture GS 7300: Methods of Globalization Research

    Colloquium: Working Group for PhD-students “Transnational and Global History”

    Teaching Materials

    Ulf Engel/ Matthias Middell (eds), Theoretiker der Globalisierung, Leipzig 2010

    Matthias Middell (ed), Dimensionen der Kultur- und Gesellschaftsgeschichte, Leipzig 2007