Katja Wezel

  • Research Associate


Baltic history
Russian and Soviet history
Memory politics
Spatial history


The Dictators (HIST 0190)
The Baltic Sea: From Vikings to Post-Soviet Re-Union (HIST 0201)
Introductory Seminar (HIST 1001) 
Nationalism (HIST 1046)
Comparative European History (HIST 1108)
Modern Germany (HIST 1131)
Contemporary Germany (HIST 1132)
History of the Russian Revolution (HIST 1313) 
Memory Politics (HIST 2045)

Education & Training

  • PhD, Heidelberg University, 2011

Representative Publications

“Transcending Boundaries: Riga’s Baltic German entrepreneurs in an era of nationalism, revolution and war.” Journal of Baltic Studies 48/1 (2017): 39-54. DOI:10.1080/01629778.2016.1269434

Geschichte als Politikum. Lettland und die Aufarbeitung nach der Diktatur [History as Politics. Coming to Terms with the Past in Post-Soviet Latvia]. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag 2016.

“The Unfinished Business of Perestroika. Latvia’s Memory Politics and its Quest for Acknowledgement of Victimhood in Europe.” Nationalities Papers 44/1 (2016): 560-577. DOI:10.1080/00905992.2016.1142520 

 “Country Report Latvia.”  In Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelsky (eds.): Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice.New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Research Interests

Katja Wezel is currently working on an English translation of her monograph Geschichte als Politikum. Lettland und die Aufarbeitung nach der Diktatur, which will be entitled “Occupation, Deportation, Genocide. Memory Politics in Post-Soviet Latvia and Beyond.”  The book deals with memory conflicts in post-Soviet Latvia and explains the roots of these conflicts in World War II and in Latvia's Communist experience. The updated English version also discusses the Baltic contribution to the debate on memory in the European Union.

Furthermore, she is working on a new project “The Cosmopolitan City. Riga as a Global Port” which combines urban, spatial, cultural and economic history. It takes a transnational approach and investigates Riga’s transformation into a globally linked multi-ethnic port city, first as Imperial Russia’s window to the west, then during WWI as German-occupied territory, and finally as capital of democratic interwar Latvia. The project uses historical GIS to explore Riga’s urban landscape and its global trade networks.