Prof. Dr.  Rolf-Ulrich Kunze KIT

Prof. Dr. Rolf-Ulrich Kunze

  • Neuer Zirkel 1
    76131 Karlsruhe


Publications below
  • Contemporary church history, history of Protestantism
  • History of science of the 20th century
  • History of the Netherlands in modern times
  • History of nationalism
  • History of Germany 1933-45
  • History of the family in the 20th century
  • Contemporary Anthropology
  • Global History in the Anthropocene

Completed DFG projects

  • Heisenberg Program, 2000-2002. Project: European History of Monarchy and Parliamentarism in the 19th Century: Johan Rudolf Thorbecke and Constitutional Nation Building in the Netherlands, 1798-1872 (more).
  • Project, together with Prof. Dr. Jochen-Christoph Kaiser, FB Evang. Theologie, Universität Marburg, 2004-2011. Project: 'Kirchenkampf', Theologiepolitik und Auseinandersetzung mit dem NS-Regime: Die Evang. Landeskirche Badens, 1933-45 (more).

Completed EU/Euregio project

  • Application preparation and submission EU-/INTERREG-Project: Teaching material D-NL / Lesmateriaal D-NL Kennis van Nederland en Duitsland: Lesmateriaal voor de HAVO/VWO - bovenbouw, WWU-ZNS, 2020-22. The project develops teaching materials for the upper grades of Gymnasien and Gesamtschulen in the Federal Republic of Germany and the upper grades of HAVO/VWO in the Netherlands:

Current publication projects

  • New edition of the KSP Coursebook Recent and Technical History Coursebook History of European and Global Modernity. Questions, types of texts, KIT Scientific Publishing
  • New edition of Rolf-Jürgen Gleitsmann, Rolf-Ulrich Kunze, Günther Oetzel, Modern History of Technology: An Introduction to its History, Theories, Methods, and Current Research Fields, utb, September 2022, 400 p.,

Long-term project Family History as a Resonance Space of Civil Society.


  • 1968 Born in Osnabrück
  • 1989-94 Studied History, German and Political Science at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main and the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg. Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation (studies and doctorate)
  • 1989-2003 Reviewer for the STADTBLATT magazine Osnabrück, texts for radio and the satirical magazine Eulenspiegel
  • 1994 M.A., University of Würzburg: History, German Studies, Political Science
  • 1994-98 Assistant lecturer for contemporary history, University of Würzburg
  • 1996 Doctorate (Dr. phil.), University of Würzburg, dissertation on protestant church history
  • 1996-2000 Research assistant at the Department 16: History, Dept. of Contemporary History, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • 1998 Assistant in the planning staff of the Federal President in the Office of the Federal President
  • 1999 Habilitation in Modern and Contemporary History, University of Mainz, habilitation thesis on the history of science
  • 2000/2001 Research associate at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2001 Substitute Chair of Modern and Contemporary History at the Institute of History of the University of Karlsruhe (TH)
  • 2001/2002 Heisenberg Fellow of the DFG
  • 2002-2006 Managing Director of the Research Center Resistance to National Socialism in the German Southwest, Institute of History, University of Karlsruhe (TH). 2003 Baden-Württemberg State Civil Servant for Life
  • 2004-2006 DFG project with Prof. Dr. Jochen-Christoph Kaiser, Dept. of Protestant Theology, Philipps-Universität Marburg: Theology Policy, Church Struggle and Conflict with the Nazi Regime: The Protestant Church in Baden, 1933-45.
  • 2007-2016 Institute of Philosophy, University of Karlsruhe (TH), then KIT: Establishment and coordination of historical teaching in the B.A./M.A. program European Culture and History of Ideas.
  • 2010 Teaching Award of the KIT Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • WS 2019/20 substitution of the director and chair of modern and recent history of the Netherlands at the Center for Dutch Studies of the Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster (Prof. Dr. Friso Wielenga)
  • SoSe 2022 substitution of the professorship for technology culture studies at the Department of History of KIT.
  • 2023 Teaching Award of the KIT Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Public History

Media activities


  • In the study programs European Culture and History of Ideas EUKLID B.A., M.A. ( responsible for Modern and Contemporary History (1500 to present) with a focus on Political History as well as Theory of History.
  • Responsible for modules and examiner Political History in the study programs EUKLID B.A. and EUKLID M.A.
  • Member of the study commission and the examination board of the KIT Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Member of the PhD Committee of the KIT Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.




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