Bernd Weisbrod retired in 2011 as Professor for Modern History at Göttingen University. He was awarded his first degree at the University of Heidelberg and gained his Ph.D. at Bochum University for a prize winning dissertation on “Heavy Industry in the Weimar Republic”. After serving as an associate professor at Bochum and a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in London he achieved his Habilitation with a project on “Pauper and delinquent children in early-Victorian Britain” after which he received an offer for a full professorship at the universities of Konstanz and Göttingen. He was appointed to the chair of Modern History in Göttingen in 1990. His main research interests are political culture and political violence, post-dictatorial transitions and the public sphere, cultures of poverty and welfare reforms, the history of generations and politics of memory. He held visiting professorships at the New School University in New York and Magdalen College in Oxford, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the European University Institute in Florence, Rutgers University and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld.