German Historical Institute Washington



The German Historical Institute Washington (DHI Washington), with its Pacific Office at the University of California, Berkeley, is a centre for transatlantic, transregional, and transoceanic historical research. With the help of its funding programmes, events, and publications, the DHI Washington serves as a bridge-builder between national and disciplinary boundaries. German/European and Jewish history, American and transatlantic history as well as global and transregional history mark the institute's working areas, while migration and mobility, knowledge history, and digital history are its profile-defining research foci.





Areas of research

German, European and Jewish History; History of the Americas and Transatlantic History; Global and Transregional History; History of Knowledge; History of Migration and Mobility; Digital History


The library of the DHI Washington contains about 50,000 books and about 140 journal subscriptions.

In addition, the DHI Washington offers online access to its databases German History in Documents and Images, German History Intersections and German Heritage in Letters.


Annual Lectures, Annual Symposium of the Friends of the German Historical Institute Washington, Bucerius Young Scholars Forum and Lecture at the Pacific Office at UC Berkeley, Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture, Gerda Henkel Lectures, West Coast Germanist Workshop, “In Global Transit,” conference/workshop series and international standing working group, “In Search of the Migrant Child,” conference/workshop series and international standing working group, “Archives of Migration,” conference series

Branch office

The Pacific Office at the University of California, Berkeley expands the research agenda of the DHI Washington to include the Pacific world as a research target and connects it with research on the Atlantic region. Research projects, fellowships, and academic programmes focus on the history of migration and mobility. An emphasis is placed on the history of knowledge and migration as well as on the history of Central and South America.


Video recordings of lectures, conferences etc.