Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Geschichte Westeuropas und transatl. Beziehungen

Dr. Jan Hansen

Dr. Jan Hansen
wiss. Mitarb.
jan-eric.hansen (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Philosophische Fakultät → Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften → Geschichte Westeuropas und der transatlantischen Beziehungen
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Jan Hansen is currently on leave from HU Berlin. He is DAAD Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego.




Jan Hansen is a historian of the United States and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular interest in social, political, urban, environmental, and technological history. He is currently completing a book manuscript exploring the role of infrastructure in conceptions of social order after 1850. Previously, he has written on the history of the Cold War, specifically on anti-nuclear protests in West Germany in the 1980s. Jan Hansen has been an Assistant Professor of History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since 2014. He also serves as a book review editor for H-Soz-Kult.


  • Dr. phil., History, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2014
  • M.A., History and Philosophy, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2009

Academic Appointments

  • DAAD Associate Professor at the University of California San Diego, CA, 2023–
  • Feodor Lynen Fellow at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2021–23
  • Dibner Research Fellow in the History of Science and Technology, The Huntington, San Marino, CA, 2019–20
  • Fellow in the History of the Americas, German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, 2017–8
  • Book Review Editor, H-Soz-Kult, 2017–
  • Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Department of History, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2015–
  • Visiting Professor, Institute for European Studies, Free University Brussels, 2015
  • Lecturer, Department of History, Humboldt University of Berlin, 2013–5

Research Interests

  • Europe and North America in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • History of Infrastructure
  • Urban Environmental History
  • Historical Peace Research
  • History of the Cold War
  • Labor History, History of Social Movements

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