Anthony Grafton

History, Princeton University

Anthony Grafton teaches European intellectual history at Princeton University, where he has worked since 1975. He took his doctorate at the University of Chicago, and studied with Arnaldo Momigliano at University College London. At Princeton he has served as director of the Program in European Studies and the Davis Center for Historical Research. In the Wintersemester 1998-9 he served as Warburg Professor at the Hamburg Warburg Haus.

Grafton’s research deals with the history of science and scholarship in early modern Europe, the history of books and readers and the history of education—especially the history of knowledge-making practices, usually based on archival research in sources ranging from scholars’ marginalia and notebooks to their correspondence. A typical product of his efforts was the first history of historians’ footnotes, which he researched in the Ranke archive in Berlin and which was first published in German, as Die tragischen Ursprünge der deutschen Fussnote (Berlin Verlag, 1995).

At HIAS, Grafton will continue to work on a study of early modern European efforts to trace the early history of Christianity. In it he examines the editing and interpretation of texts, the study of objects and sites, the composition of the first modern histories of Christianity, and scholars’ efforts to understand the relations between Judaism and early Christianity, all as carried out from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.

His collaboration partners are Markus Friedrich, professor for Early Modern History at Universität Hamburg and Dr. Lisa Schwab from Unviersität Hamburg as well.

Anthony Grafton’s HIAS Fellowship is provided by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the federal and state funds acquired by Universität Hamburg in the framework of its Excellence Strategy.


Anthony Grafton 


Universität Hamburg

Collaboration Partners

Markus Friedrich, professor for Early Modern History, Universität Hamburg.

Lisa Schwab, History, Universität Hamburg


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