Chris Lorenz is Professor of German Historical Culture at VU University Amsterdam / Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam. Since September 2013 he is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Movements at the Ruhr University Bochum. His project ‘Present, Past and Future. Concepts of Time in Contemporary History’ is financed by Marie Curie / Gerda Henkel Stiftung. His research themes comprise modern historiography, philosophy of history, and higher educational policies. Visiting professorships in Graz (1999), Erfurt (2000), Stellenbosch (2003) and Ann Arbor (2005). From 1989 to 2004 he was also professor of philosophy of history in Leiden.

In 1996 he was awarded with a Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis. Fellowships in Wassenaar (NIAS, 1990), Bielefeld (ZiF, 1996), FU Berlin (AVGE, 1997 and 2007), and Freiburg (FRIAS, 2009-2010).

Recent publications include: (ed.), If you’re so smart why aren’t you rich?, Boom: Amsterdam 2008; (co-editor Stefan Berger), The Contested Nation. Ethnicity, Class, Religion and Gender in National Histories, Palgrave MacMillan: Houndmills 2008; 2nd. print 2009; 3rd. print 2010; Paperback-edition 2011; Bordercrossings. Explorations between Philosophy and History, Wydawnictwo Poznañskie Publishers: Poznan 2009 (in Polish translation, Chinese and Spanish translations forthcoming in 2014); (co-editor Stefan Berger), Nationalizing the Past. Historians as Nation Builders in Modern Europe, Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills 2010; (co-editors Christian Krijnen and Joachim Umlauf ), Wahrheit oder Gewinn? Über die Ökonomisierung von Universität und Wissenschaft, Königshausen & Neumann: Würzburg 2011; (co-editors Stefan Berger and Billie Melman), Popularizing National Pasts: 1800 to the Present, Routledge: New York 2012; (co-editor Berber Bevernage). Breaking up Time. Negotiating the Borders between Present, Past and Future, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2013.