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Professor of History, Princeton University

J. P. Morgan Fellow - Class of Fall 2005


Anson Rabinbach is a specialist in modern European history with an emphasis on intellectual and cultural history. He has published extensive works on Nazi Germany, Austria and European thought in the 19th and 20th century. In 1974, he co-founded the premier journal of German studies in the United States, New German Critique, which he continues to co-edit. In 1979, he published The Crisis of Austrian Socialism: From Red Vienna to Civil War 1927-1934, a study of Austrian culture and politics during the interwar period. The Human Motor, an investigation of the metaphor of work and energy that provided modern thinkers with a new scientific and cultural framework to understand the human body, appeared in 1991 and has since been translated into several languages. His current research is on the culture of Nazi Germany and on post-World War II exchanges between European and American intellectuals. He also writes and reviews widely for journals of opinion including the New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, Dissent, and The Nation. He received the Viktor Adler State Prize in 1987. Rabinbach has also been the recipient of Guggenheim, ACLS, and NEH fellowships. He teaches courses on twentieth-century Europe, history of European fascism, the transatlantic Sixties, and graduate courses on European intellectual history and interwar Europe. He also directs the program in European cultural studies.