Julius Wilm


Julius Wilm is a postdoctoral researcher at Leipzig University’s Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199 “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition.” He obtained his PhD in Anglo-American History from the University of Cologne with a dissertation on free land colonization schemes in the antebellum United States and has taught at the universities of Copenhagen and Lucerne. In 2019–2020 he was the Gerda Henkel Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital History at the German Historical Institute Washington and George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, where he began work on a digital mapping project on the Homestead Act with a particular emphasis on the law’s impact on Native nations throughout the US West between 1863 and 1912.

Research focus

  • US History
  • Settler Colonialism
  • Digital History
  • Spatial History


  • Offermann-Hergarten Prize, 2020
Julius Wilm

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Publications by Julius Wilm

Free Land Policy in Antebellum America
Transatlantische historische Studien, Volume 58