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Professor Alexander Nützenadel

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Professor Alexander Nützenadel
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Alexander Nützenadel is Professor of Social and Economic History at Humboldt University Berlin since 2009. He earned his M.A. (History, Economics and Computer sciences) in 1990 at the University of Göttingen and his Ph.D. (Modern History) in 1995 at the University of Cologne. He was Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Cologne from 1995 to 2003 and Professor of European Economic and Social History at the University of Frankfurt (Oder) from 2006 to 2009. Between 2004 and 2006, he was Principal Investigator of the Research Group ‘Globalisation as a Historical Process. Agrarian Markets and International Politics 1870-1970’ funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Alexander Nützenadel held fellowships at the University of Venice, the German Historical Institute in Rome, Columbia University New York, Science Po Paris and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. In 2021/22, he is the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Research Grants and Coordinated Projects

  • Co-ordinator of the Priority Program PP 1859 ‘Experiences and Expectations: Historical Foundations of Economic Behavior’, funded by the German Research Foundation (2016-22, together with Jochen Streb)
  • Spokesman of the Independent Historical Commission ‘The Ministry of Labour in the Third Reich’, funded by the German Ministry of Labour (2013–20)
  • Member of the Historical Commission 'The Ministry of Finance in Germany 1945-1990'
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Service to the Profession

  • Member of the Humboldt University Council and the University Tenure Board
  • Editorial boards: Journal of Modern European History, Economic History Yearbook, Journal of European Economic History, Neue Politische Literatur and Kritische Studien zur Geschichtswissenschaft 

Areas of Research

  • European fascism in comparative perspective
  • Economic knowledge and experts 
  • Urban real estate markets around 1900
  • Banking, debts and financial regulation in the 20th century
  • Historical experiences and economic expectations

Work in Progress

  • Economic Populism in Europe during the Interwar Period (Book Project)
  • Experiences and Expectations: A History of Economic Future (Book Project with Jochen Streb)
  • Internationalization of European Banking since the 1970s (Article)
  • Paradoxes of Regulation. The Banking Crisis of the 1930s and its Legacies (Article)

Recent Publications (selection)