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Christof Mauch

Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch

Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
Director of the Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies
Professor and Chair, American Cultural History (on leave)


U.S. environmental history, urban history, transatlantic and comparative history of Germany and the United States (19th and 20th century)

Christof Mauch was raised in a Swabian forest. He studied in a close-by university town (Tübingen) where he founded a publishing house, worked in a book store, in a Volkshochschule, and as a church organist. Mauch got degrees in Philosophy, History, Literature, and Protestant Theology. He earned his Dr.phil. in Modern Literature (with a dissertation on Swiss poetry, 1990) and his Dr.phil.habil. in Modern History (with a study on American secret intelligence, 1998). After spending much time in Washington’s National Archives, he decided to focus his research on nature and environmental history. Before coming to Munich (in 2007) Mauch was the director of the German Historical Insitute in Washington D.C.. He has held visiting professorships in Edmonton, Kolkata, Vienna, Washington, D.C., and Warsaw. Christof Mauch is a Past President of the European Society for Environmental History and an Honorary Professor at
Renmin University, China. Since 2007 he has been running the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU as its founding director. He is a member of 40+ academic boards and committees. If he had time, he would sit at the beach and read and write books. Once a year he makes time to cycle through Europe with his two sons.


Schellingstr. 3 VG
D-80799 Munich

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 72352
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 72353

Website: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
Website: Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies

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Please note that all office hours take place at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Leopoldstrasse 11 a.