Alexander C.T. Geppert holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor of History and European Studies at NYU New York and NYU Shanghai. A historian of 19th- and 20th- century western Europe, his work focuses on the nexus of spatiality, knowledge and transcendence in varying configurations, including outer space, miracles, world's fairs and the theory of historiography. He received master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Georg-August- Universität Göttingen, and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. From 2010 to 2016 he directed the Emmy Noether Research Group "The Future in the Stars: European Astroculture and Extraterrestrial Life in the Twentieth Century" at Freie Universität Berlin.
Professor Geppert's book publications include Fleeting Cities: Imperial Expositions in Fin-de- Siècle Europe (2010, 2013); New Dangerous Liaisons: Discourses on Europe and Love in the Twentieth Century (2010, co-ed.); Wunder: Poetik und Politik des Staunens im 20. Jahrhundert (2011, co-ed.); Imagining Outer Space: European Astroculture in the Twentieth Century (2012, ed.); Obsession der Gegenwart: Zeit im 20. Jahrhundert (2015, co-ed.); Limiting Outer Space: Astroculture After Apollo (2017, ed.); and Militarizing Outer Space: Astroculture and Dystopia in the Cold War (2018, co-ed.). At present, he is completing a cultural history of outer space in the European imagination, entitled The Future in the Stars: Time and Transcendence in the European Space Age, 1942–1972. His next book project is a global history of astroculture, technoscience and twentieth-century planetization.