Patricia Hertel | Researcher

Dynamics and Experiences of Globalisation
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
Email: patricia.hertel  ( at ) Tel: +49(0) 30 / 20 93 70700

Position : Researcher | Disciplines : History |


Patricia Hertel is a historian for nineteenth and twentieth century Europe with a focus on transnational history and cultural history. One ongoing research project examines tourism to the Western European dictatorships; another deals with the cultural and global history of air travel during the twentieth century.

After a training as a publishing manager, she studied German Philology, History, and Portuguese Philology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Parallel to her university studies, she trained as a journalist and did freelance work for the press and radio.

She concluded her doctoral studies at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) with a PhD thesis entitled The Crescent Remembered: Islam and Nationalism on the Iberian Peninsula before going on to hold the position of postdoc researcher at the University of Basel. With the support of an Advanced Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, she has been a visiting scholar at King’s College London, the German Historical Institute London, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and the Universitat de València.

Currently, she is writing her second monograph Europe’s Favourite Dictatorships: Southern Authoritarianism, Tourism, and the “Free West,” 1945–1975. As a lecturer at the universities of Fribourg, Basel, and Lucerne, she teaches modern and contemporary European history, as well as academic history writing.


European history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially:


  • History of tourism, travel, and mobility
  • History of international relations
  • Nations and nationalism
  • Dictatorships and authoritarian regimes
  • Spatial concepts and ideas, “mental mapping