Frank Uekoetter was born in Münster, Germany. He studied history, political science and the social sciences at the universities of Freiburg and Bielefeld in Germany, the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. In 1997, he graduated from Bielefeld University. From 1997 to 2001, he was a doctoral student at the graduate school of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies of Bielefeld University. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. from Bielefeld University for his dissertation on the history of air pollution control in Germany and the United States; the University of Pittsburgh Press published a translation in 2009. In 2002, he organized the conference “Nature Protection in Nazi Germany” under the auspices of the German minister for the environment Jürgen Trittin. This work eventually led to the publication of an environmental history of Nazi Germany with Cambridge University Press.
He was a research assistant at the History Department of Bielefeld University from 2003 to 2006 and a Dilthey Fellow with the Research Institute of the Deutsches Museum in Munich. He taught at Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians-University and was a co-founder of Munich’s Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, which he left in 2013 to accept a Readership in Environmental Humanities at the University of Birmingham (UK).
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