PD Dr.  Désirée Schauz D. Schauz

PD Dr. Désirée Schauz

Research areas
  • History of modern technoscientific worlds (18th-21th century)
    • Working in knowledge and information societies
    • Research and innovation policy
    • Sciences, technology and industry
    • History of learned societies and universities
    • International relations in science
  • Discourse analysis and the history of concepts – approaches and methods
    • Discourse analysis in historical perspective
    • The history of concepts in transcultural perspective
    • Digital approaches in the history of concepts
  • History of the Nazi period
    • Institutions and actors
    • Science and technology under the Nazi Regime
    • Dealing with the Nazi past after 1945
  • Genesis of the modern disciplinary society (18th-20th century)
    • Prison history
    • Prisoners care and probation system
    • Social expertise in jurisdiction
    • History of criminology
    • History of protests and social movements


Professional services and memberships
  • Member of the Presidential Commission "Culture of Remembrance of the Leopoldina" at the National Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina" (Halle)
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the project „Biographische Studien zu den Leopoldina-Mitgliedern im Nationalsozialismus“ with the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, funded by the VW Foundation
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the project „Geschichte der TH Dresden im NS“ at the Technical University of Dresden
  • Member of the Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands (German Historical Association)
  • Member of the Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte e.V. (German Association for the History of Technology), from 2016 to 2022 member of steering committee)
  • Member of the Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Medizin und Technik e.V. (German Association for the history of sciences, medicine and technology)


  • Since 2023, Cooperation partner in the project “Public Humanities and Pedagogy in the Global South: Challenges and Directions”, Birla Institut of Technology and Science Piliani (Goa Campus), financed by the Indian Government program „Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration“
  • Since 2023, Lecturer at the Concepta Summer School: Introduction to Conceptual History, organized by the History of Concepts Group- Concepta


  • Since 2023, Professor (interim) for Cultural Studies of Technology at the KIT
  • Since 2022, Associated Researcher at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
  • 2022 –2023, Research Fellow at the Leibniz Centre for Studies in Literature and Cultures in Berlin (ZFL)
  • 2022 – 2022, Senior Researcher at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
  • 2021 – 2022 Professor (interim) for the History of Technology, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • 2021 – 2021, Senior Researcher at The Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW), University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2018, Habilitation in History of Science and Technology, at the TUM School of Education, Technical University of Munich
  • 2017 – 2021, Senior Researcher at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanites (project “The Göttingen Academy in the Nazi Period”)
  • 2015 – 2016, Laura-Bassi Fellow at the Technical University of Munich
  • 2014, Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute London, UK
  • 2009 – 2015, Dilthey Fellow, Subject Area History of Technology, Technical University of Munich, Germany, financed by the VW foundation (project “Republic of Science”)
  • 2006 –  2009, Research Associate, Central Institute for the History of Technology, Technical University of Munich, Germany (DFG Collaborative Research Centres 536 “Reflexive Modernization”)
  • 2006, Ph.D. in modern history (Dr. phil) from the Faculty of Humanities, University of Cologne, Germany, dissertation on the history of private associations for prisoners’ care in Germany (1777-1933)
  • 2002 – 2005, Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Cologne, Germany, part of the DFG-priority program 1143 „Wissenschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft. Deutschland im internationalen Zusammenhang im späten 19. und im 20. Jahrhundert“)
  • 1999 – 2001, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of History, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Studies in Modern History, Sociology and German Literature at the University of Cologne, Germany


Awards and Prizes
  • 2019, Habilitation prize by the TUM Association of Alumni and Friends
  • 2015, Publication prizes by the Deutsche Museum for „What is Basic Research? Insights from Historical Semantics“, in: Minerva 52 (2014)
  • 1999, Ehrhardt-Imelmann-Prize by the University of Collogne for the Master Thesis „Die Martinskirmes von 1846 in Köln. Eine Fallstudie zum Protest im Vormärz“