Professor Axel Körner

Axel Körner is Professor of Modern History and Director of the UCL Centre for Transnational History (CTH). His main area of interest is the intellectual and cultural history of Europe, 1750-2000. A related field of research is the history of nineteenth-century opera.

In 2017 he published America in Italy: The United States in the Political Thought and Imagination of the Italian Risorgimento, 1763-1865 with Princeton University Press. Previous publications include a monograph on the French and German labour movements during the nineteenth century as well as Politics of Culture in Liberal Italy: From Unification to Fascism (2008; 2011). He is editor of 1848: A European Revolution? (2000; 2003); Opera and Nation in Nineteenth-century Italy (2012); and America Imagined: Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-Century Europe and Latin America (with Nicola Miller and Adam Smith, 2012; 2016).

Supported by a three-year research award from the Leverhulme Trust, he is currently working on a project entitled Transnational Monarchy. Rethinking the Habsburg Empire, 1804-1918. Collaborative projects include Passionate Politics as well as a Leverhulme international network entitled Re-Imagining Italianità: opera and musical culture in transnational perspective.

Professor Körner holds an MA from Lyon II and a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence. He has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Remarque Institute of NYU and the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. He serves on the editorial board of The Yearbook of Transnational History, The Journal of Modern Italian Studies, VerdiPerspektiven and Memoria e Ricerca.

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

1995  PhD  European University Institute, Florence
1991  MAI  Universite Lumière (Lyon II)
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society 

Major Publications

IRIS Researcher Profile 

Prof Axel Korner