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Helke Rausch

Rausch is lecturer of comparative European history at the University of Leipzig. Her research interests include 19th and 20th Century European and transatlantic history, and transfer and comparative cultural history. She received her Ph.D. in history at Heidelberg University with a comparative study on 19th Century western European nationalism (published as Kultfigur und nation: öffentliche Denkmäler in Paris, Berlin und London, 1848-1914, 2006.) Her publications include an edited volume on comparative approaches to transatlantic transfer history (Transatlantischer kulturtransfer im “kalten krieg,” 2006.) She is presently working on a book-length study of U.S.-American scientific philanthropy for the German, French and British social sciences, circa the 1920s-1970s.

This information was last updated for the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, September 2017.


  • Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Freiburg
  • Visiting Scholar 2008-2009, CES, Harvard University
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2008-2009, CES, Harvard University