Beate Witzler

Executive Director

Beate Witzler received her Ph.D. in history from the Universität Heidelberg, Germany. Her book, Großstadt und Hygiene. Kommunale Gesundheitspolitik in der Epoche der Urbanisierung (City and Hygiene. Communal Health Policies in Germany in the Age of Urbanization, 1995), focuses on public health crises and policies in German cities in the 19th and early 20th centuries. After teaching courses on social history and urban planning at the School of Continuing Education at New York University and The Cooper Union in New York, she administered international scholarship and fellowship programs at Cultural Vistas, a non-profit organization in New York City. Upon arriving at Princeton University in the fall of 2008, she worked on a series of projects at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and in the Council of the Humanities, then moved to the Program in East Asian Studies. From its initiation in 2012, she was the assistant director of the Fung Global Fellows Program at PIIRS; the program brings international visiting scholars in the social sciences and humanities to Princeton for a year of research and discussion around a common theme. She has served as the Executive Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts since June 2017.