Martin Kohlrausch



Martin Kohlrausch

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Prof. dr.


Modernity & Society




Associate Professor European Political History


Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 – box 3307, Leuven

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Short biography

Martin Kohlrausch studied modern history, political science and public law in Tübingen and Berlin, where he took his MA. He also holds an MA in modern history from Sussex University. In 2003 he finished his Ph.D thesis on the monarchy and mass media in imperial Germany at the European University Institute Florence (published as ‘Der Monarch im Skandal. Die Logik der Massenmedien und die Transformation der wilhelminischen Monarchie’, in 2005). He taught modern history at Technische Universität Berlin, was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Warsaw and a Dilthey-Fellow of theVolkswagenStiftung and lecturer at Bochum University. In 2011 he was Fellow-in-Residence at the NIAS. In 2012 he joined MoSa as Associate Professor of European Political History.

Martin Kohlrausch prepares an in-depth-study on the political and social relevance of modern architects in Central Europe in the first half of the 20th century. He has published widely on the history of mass media and modern European monarchies. In recent years his main interest was the history of experts and urban history, on which he published two edited volumes and two special issues of the Journal of Modern European History. In 2014 the study ‘Building Europe on Expertise’, written collaboratively with Helmuth Trischler, came out with Palgrave.

Recent publications

Kohlrausch M. (2017). Ein eigener Weg in die Moderne? Architekten in Ostmitteleuropa zwischen 1910-1948. Moderne Stadtgeschichte (1), 140-158.

Kohlrausch M. (2016). Aufbruch und Ernüchterung: Architekten in der Frühphase der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der Volksrepublik Polen. In: Levsen T. (Eds.), Wo liegt die Bundesrepublik? Vergleichende Perspektiven auf die westdeutsche Geschichte, (pp. 48-67). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.


Kohlrausch M. (2015). The Hour of the Experts? Reflections on the Rise of Experts in Interbellum Europe. In: Vandendriessche J., Peeters E., Wils K. (Eds.), bookseries: History and Philosophy of Technosciences, vol: 6, Scientists’ Expertise as Performance, Chapt. 4, (pp. 67-79). London: Pickering & Chatto.

Kohlrausch M. (2015). Imperiales Erbe und Aufbruch in die Moderne. Neuere Literatur zur ostmitteleuropäischen Stadt. H-Soz-u-Kult, <;., 1-54.


Kohlrausch M. (2014). Warszawa Funkcjonalna: Radical Urbanism and the International Discourse on Planning in the Interwar Period. In: , Races to Modernity. Metropolitan Aspirations in Eastern Europe, 1890–1940, Chapt. 9, (pp. 205-231). Budapest, New York: Central European University Press.

Kohlrausch M., Trischler H. (2014). Building Europe on Expertise. Innovators, Organizers, Networkers. Making Europe, 2. Palgrave Macmillan.

(2014). Races to Modernity. Metropolitan Aspirations in Eastern Europe, 1890–1940. (Kohlrausch, M., Ed., Behrends, J., Ed.). Budapest, New York: Central European University Press.


Role in Tensions of Europe


Research interests

Mobilty, Governance, Knowledge Networks

Additional research interests

Urbanism; Architecture; Experts