Dr. Katja Wezel


  • Baltic History
  • Economic and Social History of Imperial Russia's Western Borderlands
  • Memory politics
  • Nationalism and ethnic conflicts
  • Spatial history
  • Digital history

  • Current research project:
    At the Crossroads of Modernity. Double-Entry Accounting, Business, and Cultural Practices of Jews in Imperial Russia's Western Borderlands, sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (in cooperation with the University of Haifa)

    • Academic Employment and Education

    • since 07/2023: Research Associate in the project "At the Crossroads of Modernity. Double-Entry Accounting Business, and Cultural Practices of Jews in Imperial Russia's Western Borderlands" at the Institute for Economic and Social History, University of Göttingen
    • 12/2021 – 06/2023: Feodor-Lynen-Research Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation at the University of Latvia in Riga
    • 04/2021 – 09/2021: Fellowship at Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena
    • 10/2018 – 11/2021: Research Associate in the BKM funded project “The Cosmopolitan City. Riga as a Global Port and International Capital of Trade (1861-1939)” at the Department for Medieval and Modern History at the Georg-August University Göttingen
    • 2013 – 2018: DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, USA
    • 2011: PhD at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg with a topic on memory politics in post-Communist Latvia (published in German as Geschichte als Politikum. Lettland und die Aufarbeitung nach der Diktatur. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2016.)
    • 2011: Second state exam for teaching in History and English
    • 2010 – 2011: Instructor, Department of History, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
    • 2008 – 2009: Research Associate in East European History, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
    • 2005 – 2008: Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Junior Research Group (Graduiertenkolleg) “Overcoming Dictatorships in Europe”, Heidelberg University
    • 2004: MA in History and English at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
    • 1999 – 2004: Studies in History and English at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Wales in Aberystwyth and the European University in St. Petersburg


    • Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies
    • Baltische Historische Kommission (BHK), Mitglied des Vorstands
    • Verband der Osteuropahistorikerinnen und -historiker e.V. (VOH)

      Fellowship and Grants

    • Feodor-Lynen Fellowship, Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, 2021–23
    • Fellowship, Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, 2021
    • REES Faculty Travel Grant, Russian and East European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, 2015, 2017
    • Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Faculty Research on the European Union Grant, European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
    • Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung [Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship], dissertation publication grant, 2015
    • DAAD Research Fellowship, Research Grant for Graduate Students, 2008
    • Young Researchers Award, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2007
    • Graduate Student Fellowship, Heinrich Boell Foundation, 2005 – 2008
    • DAAD Undergraduate Study Scholarship, Annual Grant, 2002 – 2003
    • Erasmus, European
      Union Scholarship, 2000 – 2001