I am a historian and philosopher of knowledge specializing in a cultural history of economics and psychology. My methodological interests gravitate towards historical epistemology, intersectional analysis, and historical semantics. I am active in two areas of research – the first focuses on the economic Enlightenment in the 18th and 19th century Germanophone world. My first book Der denkende Landwirt (“The farmer as Thinker”) was published by Böhlau in 2020. It examines the intricate relationships between knowledge, economy, and society in a ubiquitous and yet little researched field of practice: agriculture. I have several articles published or underway which trace the transformations of agrarian economic knowledge under conditions of early modern social inequality. My second focus lies on the history of psychology in the 20th century. I am currently working on a book on the global circulation of psycho-techniques in the second half of the 20th century, specifically exploring the polyvalent usage of psychological management training in economic settings across the Iron Curtain, between liberalism and socialism.
I am a founding member of the GWMT group Forum for the History of the Human Sciences which advocates the history of disciplines such as psychology, economy, and sociology in the German history if science community.
Project on ‘technologies of the self’ under state socialism, the case of psychological leadership training in East German Industrialism 1960s-90s (funded by DFG – German Research Council).
Teaching: Self Care vs. Civil Duty (2022), with Michael Cotterell.
The psychological humanities (2021/22), with Andreas Häckermann.
2022: Visiting Researcher at the IHPST, University of Toronto, and the HTC of psychology program at York University, Toronto.
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