The focus of Jaromír Balcar’s research is on German and Central European contemporary history, especially the history of (West) Germany since 1945 and Czechoslovakia (1918–1992), and the economic and corporate history of National Socialism and state socialism.
Birgit Kolboske studied Political Science, Latin American Studies, and Linguistics at the Freie Universität in Berlin. She subsequently worked for many years as a journalist, translator and editor in, among other places, Mexico and New York. From 2002 to 2007 she worked in the research program of the Presidential Commission of the Max Planck Society on the "History of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society in National Socialism".
Alexander v. Schwerin teaches history of science, technology and pharmacy at Braunschweig University of Technology (TU Braunschweig). His research focuses on the history of the life sciences, the history of experimentation, and science and risk policy.
Thomas Steinhauser’s main research interests are the history of chemistry and physics in the last two centuries, the development of modern scientific instrumentation, and the nexus between science and technical developments. He joined the Program on the History of the MPG in 2014 where he focuses on the development of the institutes in chemistry, physics, and materials science.
Interdisciplinarity is an essential element of Ulrike Thoms’ scientific work. She has ventured out from her origins in economic and social history to deal with a wide spectrum of topics ranging from the history of consumption and of the body to history of science and technology, history of medicine, and public history.