Martin Bauch

Dr. Martin Bauch

Junior Research Group Leader
Career Development Officer
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Martin Bauch was born in Ulm, Germany. He studied history, political science and public law in Potsdam, Florence and Berlin. He obtained his doctorate from the Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) in 2012. From 2009 to 2012, he was a researcher at TU Darmstadt and from 2012 to 2015, a postdoctoral researcher at the German Historical Institute in Rome. 

Martin Bauch has been a junior research group leader at the GWZO with a Freigeist Fellowship since 2017. In 2021 the junior research group was positively evaluated, and since 2022, he has held a permanent position at the GWZO. Together with Katja Castryck, Martin Bauch also acts as Career Development Officer.

Work focus

  • Late medieval history of East Central Europe and the Mediterranean with a focus on Bohemia and Italy

  • Pre-modern environmental history and climate history (reconstruction, perception, global aspects)

  • History of medieval epidemics

  • History of pre-modern infrastructures (flood protection, food security)

  • History of piety, relics and pilgrimages

Functions and memberships

  • Corresponding Fellow of the Center for Medieval Studies at the Czech Academy of Sciences, since 2021

  • Editorial Board of the Journal “Climates and Cultures in History”

  • Founding member of the medievalist research blog


Martin Bauch has held teaching assignments at the Universities of Potsdam, Darmstadt, Leipzig and Technical University of Berlin.

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