Alexander C.T. Geppert



Alexander C.T. Geppert

Academic title(s)

Associate Professor of History and European Studies; Global Network Associate Professor


New York University


NYU Shanghai, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, and Department of History


King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South, New York City

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United States

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Short biography

Alexander Geppert is Associate Professor of History and European Studies at New York University, with a joint appointment at NYU Shanghai and the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies in New York City. From 2010 to 2016 he directed the Emmy Noether research group ‘The Future in the Stars: European Astroculture and Extraterrestrial Life in the Twentieth Century’ at Freie Universität Berlin. In 2019–2020 he held the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. In 2021–22 he will serve as the Eleanor Searle Visiting Professor in History at the California Institute of Technology and the Huntington Library in Los Angeles.


For additional details see here (NYU New York), here (NYU Shanghai) and here (

Recent publications

Recent book publications include Fleeting Cities: Imperial Expositions in Fin-de-Siècle Europe (2010, 2013); Wunder: Poetik und Politik des Staunens im 20. Jahrhundert (2011, co-ed.); Imagining Outer Space: European Astroculture in the Twentieth Century (2012, 2018, ed.); Obsession der Gegenwart: Zeit im 20. Jahrhundert (2015, co-ed.); Berliner Welträume im frühen 20. Jahrhundert (2017, co-ed.); Limiting Outer Space: Astroculture After Apollo (2018, 2020, ed.); and Militarizing Outer Space: Astroculture, Dystopia and the Cold War (2021, co-ed.).


At present Alexander Geppert is completing a cultural history of outer space in the European imagination, entitled The Future in the Stars: Europe, Astroculture and the Age of Space. He is also preparing a special journal issue on space celebrities, entitled Rocket Stars: Astrocultural Genealogies in the Global Space Age.

Role in Tensions of Europe


Research interests

ICT, Environment, Knowledge Networks

Additional research interests

Outer Space, Extraterrestrial Life and Astroculture