Paul Michael Kurtz is Associate Research Professor in History of Humanities as well as Principal Investigator of the ERC project 'PhiSci: Philology as Science in 19th-Century Europe' (since 2022). Alongside his principal appointment in the Department of History, he works with the Department of Philosophy & Ethics and with the German Studies Section. Previously, Kurtz was a Research Fellow of the Flemish Research Council at Ghent (2019–22), Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Queens’ College (2017–19), and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Göttingen (2016–17). In 2016, Kurtz earned a Dr. phil. in History at Göttingen, summa cum laude, where he first began as a Fulbright Scholar. During doctoral studies, he also held fellowships at the University of Chicago, Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, and Max Weber Centre for Advanced Studies in Erfurt, which followed an MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary. Nice and tidy as it may seem, this streamlined biography obscures many dark nights of academic precarity.