C.V. / Career

since 2011 Chairman of the History of the Ruhr Foundation
since 2011 Chair of Social and social movements at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, and Director of the Institute of Social Movements (ISB)
2005-2011 Professor of Modern German and Comparative European History
2003-2008 Chair of a European Science Foundation (ESF) programme entitled 'Representations of the Past: National Histories in Europe'
2000-2005 Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Glamorgan/Wales and Co-founder and co-director of the Hefcw-funded Centre for Border Studies
1991-2000 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the School of European Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff
1990-1991 Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Plymouth
1987-1990 D. Phil at the University of Oxford about ""The Labour Party and the SPD. A Comparison of their Structure and Development and a Discussion of the Relations Between the Two Movements, 1900 - 1933"
1986-1987 Student assistant to Prof. Schmidt at the University of Cologne, Politics Dept.
1985 - 1987 Studies in History, Political science and German literature at the University of Cologne
1983 Abitur (a-level exam)

Grants / "Fellowships"

1987-1990 Rhodes scholarship at the University of Oxford, Trinity College
2009/10 Visiting Professor at the University Paris 2
1985-1990 Scholarship of the German National Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

Other professional activities

from 2009 Chair (designate) of the German History Society
Seit 2008 member of the advisory council of the project 'Transnational Humanities',financed by the Korea Foundation
2006 appointed external evaluator of the German research council's (DFG) Excellence Initiative, evaluating German universities
From 2005 member of the Irish Research Council for the Social Sciences and the Humanities, Postgraduate Award Board
From 2003 General editor, together with Kevin Passmore and Heiko Feldner of the six volume-book series "Writing History"
From 2002 Co-chair of the 'History and Theory' network of the biannual European Social Science History Conference (with Chris Lorenz, Amsterdam, and Thomas Welskopp, Göttingen)
2007 - 2009 member of AHRC peer review panel 4: History
2006 - 2008 member of the advisory board of the National Museums project, funded by the European Commission and chaired by Professor Peter Aaronson
2005 - 2008 Society of Author's Tieck-Schlegel Translation Price judge
2003-2008 Chair of a European Science Foundation (ESF) programme entitled 'Representations of the Past: National Histories in Europe'
2001-2006 Executive committee member of the Labour History Society
1997-2000 Committee member of the German History Society
1996-2000 Board member of the British Centre at the Max-Planck-Institute for History, Göttingen