Department of History

Katja Wezel

  • DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor


Baltic states
Russian and Soviet Empire
Germany in the 20th century
Nationalism and ethnic conflicts
Memory politics


The Dictators (HIST 0190) 
Introductory Seminar (HIST 1001) 
Nationalism (HIST 1046)
Comparative European History (HIST 1108)
Modern Germany (HIST 1131)
Contemporary Germany (HIST 1132)
History of the Russian Revolution (HIST 1313) 
Memory Politics (HIST 2045)

Education & Training

  • PhD, Heidelberg University, 2011

Representative Publications

Geschichte als Politikum. Lettland und die Aufarbeitung nach der Diktatur (Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag 2016) 

“The Unfinished Business of Perestroika. Latvia’s Memory Politics and its Quest for Acknowledgement of Victimhood in Europe,” in Nationalities Papers (2016), DOI:10.1080/00905992.2016.1142520 

“Loyalty, Minority, Monarchy: The Baltic German Press and 1905,” in Felicitas Fischer v. Weikersthal et. al. (eds.): The Russian Revolution of 1905 in Transcultural Perspective (Bloomington: Slavica Publishers, 2013)

“Country Report Latvia“, in Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelsky (eds.): Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (New York: Cambridge University Press,2012)

Research Interests

Katja Wezel is currently working on an English translation of her monograph Geschichte als Politikum. Lettland und die Aufarbeitung nach der Diktatur (History as Politics. Coming to Terms with the Past in Post-Communist Latvia). The book deals with memory conflicts in post-Soviet Latvia and explains the roots of these conflicts in World War II and in Latvia's Communist experience. She is also working on a new project entitled Transcending Borders – Riga’s Baltic German Entrepreneurs in an era of Nationalism, Revolution and War. The project studies Riga’s “golden decade” and the networks of business and mercantile elites in this imperial metropolis and beyond in the late 19th and early 20th century.