Alexander C.T. Geppert is Associate Professor of History and European Studies, and Global Network Associate Professor at New York University, with a joint appointment at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies 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 has held fellowships at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (1999), the IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna (2001–2002), the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen (2002–2005), the German Historical Institutes in London and Paris (2000, 2009, 2012), at Harvard University (2007–2009), the University of Cambridge (2013, 2014), and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (2014–2015). Recently, he has been awarded the NASA/Society for the History of Technology Fellowship in Aerospace History for 2018. During the academic year 2019–2020 he will return to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, as the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History.
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, 2018, ed.); Obsession der Gegenwart: Zeit im 20. Jahrhundert (2015, co-ed.); Limiting Outer Space: Astroculture After Apollo (2018, ed.); and Militarizing Outer Space: Astroculture, Dystopia and the Cold War (2019, co-ed.). At present, he is completing a cultural history of outer space in the European imagination, entitled The Future in the Stars: Europe, Astroculture and the Age of Space, 1942–1972. His next book project is a history of planetization, technopolitics and global astroculture since the 1970s.