Dr. Robert Bernsee

Research interests

  • History of corruption and ethics
  • Political, administrative and legal history from the 18th to the 20th century
  • History of intellectual property
  • Economic history of the creative industries

  • Copyrights in Predigitalia: An economic and cultural history in transatlantic perspective, 1945-1990 (current book project)

Academic employment

  • Since 2016 Research associate and lecturer at the Institute for Economic and Social History, University of Göttingen
  • 2014 — 2016 Research associate and lecturer, Department of History/Faculty of Arts, Heidelberg University
  • 2011 — 2014 Research associate in a binational research project on political corruption in France and Germany, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany/University of Avignon, France
  • 2009 — 2012 Research associate, Department of History, Darmstadt University of Technology


  • 2014 Ph.D. in History, Darmstadt University of Technology
  • 2015 Diplom-Volkswirt, Heidelberg University (equivalent to a M.Sc. in Economics alongside with a B.Sc.)
  • 2009 Magister Artium in History, University of Freiburg (equivalent to a M.A. in History alongside with a B.A.)
  • 2003 Betriebswirt (BA), Berufsakademie für Bankwirtschaft, Rendsburg (today B.A. of Banking and Finance)

Honors, grants, fellowships

  • 2015, 2016 Wiedemann-Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies, University of Halle, Germany
  • 2015 Publishing grant, Geschwister Boehriger Ingelheim Stiftung für die Geisteswissenschaften
  • 2013 — 2014: Ph.D.-Research grant, Leibniz-Institute for European History, Mainz, Germany



Journal articles

Book chapters

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