Alexander Pinwinkler

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Alexander Pinwinkler (born May 6, 1975 in Salzburg ) is an Austrian historian .


Alexander Pinwinkler graduated from the College Borromaeum Salzburg in Salzburg in 1994 . From 1994 to 1998 he completed his diploma studies in history and German at the University of Salzburg , which was followed by a doctoral degree in modern history. With his dissertation with a biography on Wilhelm Winkler , completed in 2001, he began to deal with the topic of the history of population science in the 20th century.

From 2001 to 2005 Pinwinkler was a research assistant at the Institute for History at the University of Salzburg. From 2005 to 2008 he continued this activity at the Institute for Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna . As a research assistant, under the direction of Josef Ehmer, he worked on a DFG project on the scientific construct “ population ” in German-language historiography of the 20th century. In 2007, this research was temporarily interrupted by a year-long stay at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg . As a postdoc researcher, he took part there under the direction of Norbert Schappacher in a project on the history of the German Reich University of Strasbourg (1941–1944).

In 2009/10 Pinwinkler was invited to the Center Marc Bloch (CMB) in Berlin as a guest researcher , where he carried out a study on historical population research in Germany and Austria in the 20th century with the help of a habilitation grant from the Fazit Foundation Frankfurt / Main (2010). with which he in October 2012 at the Institute of Economic and social history at the University of Vienna habilitation and lecturers was nominated for Contemporary history. In 2015/16, Pinwinkler was visiting professor at the History Department at the University of Salzburg, and from 2016–2019 he conducted research at the same institution as a Senior Scientist.

Pinwinkler is currently one of the employees of the NS project of the city of Salzburg and a member of the advisory board on street names of the city of Salzburg. As a freelancer at the International Mozarteum Foundation, he researches the history of this Salzburg cultural institution in the 20th century.

Pinwinkler teaches regularly as a lecturer or private lecturer at the universities of Salzburg (since 2004) and Vienna (since 2010). He also took on teaching positions at the universities of Leipzig (winter semester 2008/09), Innsbruck (winter semester 2012/13) and Linz (summer semester 2014).

Awards and Appointments



  • The “founding generation” of the University of Salzburg: biographies, networks, appointment policy, 1960–1975. Böhlau, Vienna et al. 2020, ISBN 978-3-205-20937-9 .
  • Historical population research. Germany and Austria in the 20th century. Wallstein, Göttingen 2014, ISBN 978-3-8353-1408-5 .
  • with Gudrun Exner, Josef Kytir: Population science in Austria in the interwar period (1918–1938): people, institutions, discourses (= writings of the Institute for Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Vol. 18). Böhlau, Vienna et al. 2004, ISBN 3-205-77180-X .
  • Wilhelm Winkler (1884–1984) - a biography. On the history of statistics and demography in Austria and Germany (= writings on economic and social history. Vol. 75). Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-428-10864-7 .


  • with Johannes Koll: Too much of the honor? Interdisciplinary perspectives on academic honors in Germany and Austria. Böhlau, Vienna et al. 2019, ISBN 978-3-205-20680-4 .
  • with Michael Fahlbusch , Ingo Haar : Handbuch der Völkischen Wissenschaften. Actors, networks, research programs. With the assistance of David Hamann. 2nd completely revised and expanded edition. 2 vols. De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3-11-042989-3
  • with Thomas Weidenholzer: Silence and remember. The problem of National Socialism after 1945 (= The City of Salzburg under National Socialism. Vol. 7). City Archives and Statistics of the City of Salzburg, Salzburg 2016, ISBN 978-3-900213-31-2 .
  • with Annemarie Steidl, Thomas Buchner, Werner Lausecker, Sigrid Wadauer, Hermann Zeitlhofer: Transitions and intersections. The history of work, migration, population and the history of science in discussion. Böhlau, Vienna et al. 2008, ISBN 978-3-205-77805-9 .
  • with Josef Ehmer, Werner Lausecker: Population constructions in history, social sciences and politics of the 20th century. Transdisciplinary and international perspectives (= Historical Social Research / Historical Social Research. Special Issue 31, No. 4). Cologne 2006.

Web links


  1. ( Memento from April 9, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  2. ^ The city of Salzburg under National Socialism