Professor Constantin Goschler

Professor Constantin Goschler

Visiting Professor

Department of International History

Room No
SAR 2.13
Office Hours
Friday, 4pm - 5pm
English, German
Key Expertise
20 century Germany/Europe, restitution post-dictatorships and biopolitics

About me

Professor Goschler was born and educated in Germany. He studied for his undergraduate degree and also for his PD at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

In 1992 he became an assistant professor at the Humboldt-University Berlin. In 1998 the taught as a guest lecturer at the Charles-University Prague, and from 1998 to 1999 he was a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. He continued his academic career at the Humboldt-University Berlin, the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena and the Ruhr-University Bochum, where he became a full professor for modern history in 2006. From 2016 to 2019 he was the dean of the Faculty of History at the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Professor Goschler received numerous grants from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation and the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development. He also organized many national and international research projects.

Professor Goschler also consulted a number of documentary films, most importantly “The Wings of History. The Story of the Luxembourg Agreements” (2022).

His latest book  Intelligence Agencies, Technology and Knowledge Production. Data Processing and Information Transfer in Secret Services during the Cold War (ed. with Rüdiger Bergien u. Debora Gerstenberger) was published by Routledge Press (London/New York) in 2022. He is also an editor of the Jahrbuch Deutsche Einheit.

Expertise Details

20 century Germany/Europe; restitution post-dictatorships and biopolitics


Professor Constantin Goschler teaches the following courses:

At postgraduate level

HY4B6: German Transformations Since 1990


See ORCID for a complete list of publications:


"Keine neue Gestapo". Das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz und die NS-Vergangenheit (together with Michael Wala). Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2015. 
[="No new Gestapo". The Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution and the Nazi past].

Europäische Zeitgeschichte nach 1945 (together with Rüdiger Graf). Berlin: Akademie, 2010. 
[=European contemporary history since 1945].

Schuld und Schulden. Die Politik der Wiedergutmachung für NS-Verfolgte nach 1945. 2nd. ed. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2008.
[= Guilt and debts: The politics of compensation for Nazi victims, 1945-2000].

Rudolf Virchow. Mediziner, Anthropologe, Politiker. 3rd. revised ed. Köln: Böhlau, 2021.
[= Rudolf Virchow: Doctor, anthropologist, politician].

Wiedergutmachung. Westdeutschland und die Verfolgten des Nationalsozialismus 1945–1954. Munich: Oldenbourg, 1992 (= Diss. PhD, Munich 1991).
[= Restitution. West Germany and the Nazi victims, 1945-1954].

Edited volumes (selection)

The Knowledge of Intelligence. Data Processing and Information Transfer in Secret Services during the Cold War (ed. together with Rüdiger Bergien and Debora Gerstenberger). (Routledge) 2022.

Jahrbuch Deutsche Einheit 2021; 2021 (ed. with Marcus Böick and Ralph Jessen). Berlin (Ch. Links) 2020; 2021
[= Yearbook German Unity]

Historical Dialogue and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities (ed. with Elazar Barkan u. James Waller). London (Routledge) 2020.

Kriegsverbrechen, Restitution, Prävention. Aus dem Vorlass von Benjamin B. Ferencz (ed. with Marcus Böick u. Julia Reus). Göttingen (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht) 2019.
[= War Crimes, Restitution, Prevention. From the bequest of Benjamin B. Ferencz].

Compensation in Practice. The Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" and the Legacy of Forced Labour During the Third Reich. Oxford/New York: Berghahn, 2017.

Ungleichheit zwischen Biologie und Gesellschaft seit 1945 (ed. with Till Kössler). Göttingen: Wallstein, 2016.
[= Inequality between biology and society].

Die Globalisierung der Wiedergutmachung. Politik, Moral, Moralpolitik (ed. with José Brunner and Norbert Frei). Göttingen: Wallstein, 2013.
[= The globalisation of restitution: Politics, moral, moral politics].

Die Entschädigung von NS-Zwangsarbeit am Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts. Die Stiftung "Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft" und ihre Partnerorganisationen (in cooperation with José Brunner, Krzysztof Ruchniewicz and Philipp Ther). 4 vol., Göttingen: Wallstein, 2012.
[= Compensation for Nazi Forced-Labour at the Outset of the 21st Century: The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” and their partner organisations].

Die Praxis der Wiedergutmachung: Geschichte, Erfahrung und Wirkung in Deutschland und Israel (ed. with Norbert Frei and José Brunner). Göttingen: Wallstein, 2009.
[= The practice of restitution: History, experience and effects in Germany and Israel].