Prof. Berg's office hours

During the current summer semester (2019) Professor Berg is observing a research semester. Office hours will be held on the following dates or by appointment.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 11am-1pm

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 11am-1pm

History Department, Room 041



New Publications by and on Prof. Dr. Ber

  • Review: Turda, Marius, and Maria Sophia Quine, Historicizing Race. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018, in: History: Reviews of New Books, Vol 47:1 (2019), 22-23. Read
  • Interview for WDR ZeitZeichen on Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin, 1793 (28.10.2018). Listen to
  • Article "Wut, Recht und Ordnung. Amerikas Rechtsruck begann 1968 - als Richard Nixon Präsident wurde", in: DIE ZEIT (25.10.2018). Read
  • Interview for WDR ZeitZeichen on occasion of the 80th anniversary of Edward Mandell House's death (28.03.2018). Listen to
  • Interview for SWR aktuell: "Aufstand der Schüler - Kommt in den USA die Waffen-Wende? (23.02.2018). Listen to

For older announcements see our archive.


Manuel Franz, M.A.

Curt Engelhorn Chair in American HistoryManuel Franz, M.A.

Research Associate


Contact Details:

Heidelberg University
Historisches Seminar
Grabengasse 3-5
D-69117 Heidelberg

Room: 044A

Phone: +49 (0) 62 21 / 54 - 3361


Office hours during term break:

Friday, February 22, 2019, 2:30-4:00 pm 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 3:00-4:30 pm


Dissertation Project:

“Preparedness, Paranoia, Patriotism: U.S. Preparedness Societies and the Quest for Americanism 1914-1929” (working title)



Manuel Franz studied History and Political Science at Kiel University and San Diego State University. In December 2014, he completed his M.A. with a thesis on the Confederate diplomatic strategy during the Civil War. In August 2015, he began to work on his dissertation project at Heidelberg University. He first received the Schurman Scholarship and is now a Research Associate at the Curt Engelhorn Chair in American History. During his 2016 research stay in the U.S., he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York City.

For a full academic CV, please click here.


Research Interests:

  • American History and the U.S. Political System
  • Diplomatic History
  • History of Political Thought
  • History of Parliamentarism and Political Parties



  • “Preparedness Revisited: Civilian Societies and the Campaign for American Defense, 1914-1920.” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 17/4 (2018): 663-676.
  • “Drittbewerber bei US-Präsidentschaftswahlen: Chancenlos, aber wahlentscheidend?” Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen 48/2 (2017): 311-328 (with Florian Gawehns).
  • “The United States and World War I: Perspectives and Legacies, Conference Proceedings.” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 61 (2017): 137-142 (with Lara Track). Also published online on H-Soz-Kult, April 20, 2017, <>.
  • “Amerika und die Zukunft der europäischen Sicherheitsordnung: Die US-Debatte im Spiegel ausgewählter Think-Tank-Publikationen und Fachzeitschriften 2014/15.” SWP Zeitschriftenschau 2015/1 (2015): 1-8 (with Marco Overhaus), <>.


Selected Talks:

  • “Die Urkatastrophe: Ursachen und Verlauf des Ersten Weltkriegs.” Seminar on ‘Geschichte Verstehen: 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg’, Avicenna-Studienwerk Saarbrücken, November 9-11, 2018.
  • “A Shining City Above a Hill? American Exceptionalism and Historical Guilt in BioShock Infinite.” Conference on ‘Playing the Field: Video Games and American Studies’, Amerikahaus Munich, April 26-29, 2018 (with Henning Jansen).
  • “The American Preparedness Movement in World War I.” Conference on ‘1917 – Revolution in War, Society in Revolution’, Military History Institute Prague, September 19-21, 2017.
  • “Defense Societies in the Campaign for American Military Preparedness, 1914-1920.” 39th Annual Conference of the Historians in the German Association for American Studies on ‘The United States and World War I: Perspectives and Legacies’, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, February 10-12, 2017.




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