Schramm is Privatdozent at the Technische Universitaet Chemnitz. He received his PhD from the University of Leipzig in 2002. His research interests include the history of consumption, history of knowledge, and environmental history in Europe and North America (eighteenth to twentieth centuries). His current research project focuses on European historical atlases of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and especially the representation of world history. He will be in residence from January to June 2013.