Professor Axel Körner

Axel joined UCL in 1996. He is founding Director of the UCL Centre for Transnational History (since 2008) and was appointed to a chair in 2012. His main fields of research are the intellectual and cultural history of Europe between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, with a particular interest in transnational history and the history of European opera. He has worked on French, Italian, German and Habsburg history as well as trans-Atlantic history.

PhD supervision

Axel currently supervises three PhD students working in the fields of European transnational and intellectual history. He is happy to receive enquiries from students interested in eighteenth- to twentieth-century Italian, French, German and Habsburg history, in comparative European history, and in the history of opera.

Major publications

  • America in Italy: The United States in the Political Thought and Imagination of the Italian Risorgimento, 1763-1865. Princeton/Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017.
  • Politics of Culture in Liberal Italy: From Unification to Fascism. New York: Routledge, 2009; 2nd ed. pb 2011.
  • 'Transnational History: Identities, Structures, States', in Barbara Haider-Wilson, William D. Godsey, Wolfgang Mueller, eds, International History in Theory and Praxis. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2017, 265-290.
  • 'The Experience of Time as Crisis: On Croce's and Benjamin's Concepts of History', Intellectual History Review, 21 (2) 2011, 151-169.

For a full list of publications, see Axel's Iris profile.


Media appearances

Axel makes regular media appearances in the UK and abroad.


On sabbatical 2017-18.