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Angelika Epple is the third vice rector for International Affairs and Diversity at Bielefeld University and Professor of History in Bielefeld´s Department of History, Philosophy and Theology.
A widely recognised historian of the 19th and 20th century, Epple holds a Chair in Modern History at Bielefeld University since 2008. She has served as a Dean in her Department and has guided the Department to a wide multidisciplinary focus, as a vice speaker of the federal government funded project "the Americas as space of entanglement(s)".
Epple started her academic career abroad, as a student of Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Málaga, Spain and continued her studies in Germany in History, German Language and Literature, Educational Sciences and Philosophy at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg and the Free University of Berlin. After receiving her Dr. in Bielefeld she worked as a fellow in London and Washington, D.C. at the respective German Historical Institutes. She received her pro venia legendi at the University of Hamburg. Epple has taught as a guest professor at the Universities of Guadalajara, Mexico and Bologna, Italy.
Her research focus lies on global and microhistory. Epple is the author of four books in German, including "The Stollwerck Company. A microhistory of globalisation (1839-1932)" (campus, 2010), "a parable for the globalisation", as the Süddeutsche Zeitung commented. Her most recent book "Observing the world. Practices of comparisons" (campus, 2015), co-authored by Walter Erhart is a project result of her commitment in the working group "Practices of Comparisons" at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), marking decisively her strong interest in interdisciplinary subjects and networks.
Epple is married and has two adult daughters.
Angelika Epple's homepage at the Department of History, Philosophy and Theology (in German)