Research Scholars

  • PD Dr. Jaromír Balcar

    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

    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".

  • Dr. Gregor Lax

    Gregor Lax is a Research Scholar in the GMPG Research Program (since Jan 1, 2018), working on the history of Earth system research in the MPG.

  • Dr. Juliane Scholz

    Juliane Scholz joined the MPG Research Program in February 2018 and investigates the social history of the Max Planck Society as well as the MPG’s relationship to society, economy and politics.

  • Dr. Juan-Andres Leon Gomez

    Juan-Andres Leon Gomez trained as a physicist and a historian before doing a PhD in the History of Science. His work looks at the role of science as world transforming practice, political ideology and personal habitus.

  • PD Dr. Alexander v. Schwerin

    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.

  • Dr. Thomas Steinhauser

    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 GMPG Research Program in 2014 and focuses on the development of the institutes in chemistry, physics, and materials science.

  • Dr. Sascha Topp

    In the GMPG Research Program Sascha Topp focuses on the dynamics of behavioral, neuro- and cognitive sciences.