Appointment: Caspar Hirschi Dr. Caspar Hirschi has been Full Professor of History at the HSG’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences since 1 August 2012. Dr. Caspar Hirschi was born in Zurich on 16 April 1975. He is a Swiss national. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Hirschi read history and German literature in Fribourg and Tübingen and obtained his Licentiate’s degree in Fribourg in March 2001. In December 2004, he was awarded a Doctor’s degree by the same university; his doctoral thesis focused on the issue of nationalism in a time of humanism and reformation. Diploma assistant at the University of Fribourg From 1994-1995, Dr. Hirschi served an internship with the publishers of NZZ, and in 1996 worked for the publishing house of Jean Frey. From 1998-2000, he occupied a full-time position at the Chair of General and Swiss History at the University of Fribourg, where he worked as a diploma assistant from 2001 to 2006. Research fellow at the University of Cambridge Since 2006, he has been a freelance correspondent for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (arts section). From 2006-2007, he had an 85% job as a doctoral assistant in Fribourg. From 2007-2010, he was a research fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. Since 2010, he has held an Ambizione Fellowship at the Chair of Science Studies of ETH Zurich. Research foci Dr. Caspar Hirschi’s research focuses on the European scholarly culture of the Early Modern Age, academic policy advice in history and the present day, the theory and history of nationalism, the structural and cultural change of the general public, and academic careers in an international comparison. In all his research work, he looks for a high degree of contemporary relevance because he considers clarity about the historical development of current problems to be the basis of their mastery. Teaching activities Dr. Caspar Hirschi has been involved in teaching ever since 1998; he has taught at the Universities of Fribourg, Zurich and Cambridge, as well as at ETH Zurich. At the University of St.Gallen, he will teach at all three levels and in the doctoral programme. His previous activities demonstrate that he has great didactic competence and that the subject-matter of his research has numerous interfaces with the HSG’s core subjects. Successor to Prof. Dr. Peter Sieferle Dr. Caspar Hirschi succeeds Prof. Dr. Rolf Peter Sieferle. He will be in charge of the History Department, as well as teaching and assuming functions in academic self-administration in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences.