Dr John Woitkowitz

Postdoctoral Associate
University Positions
Research Associate
Specialising in
Northern and Arctic History, History of Science, 19th Century Germany

John Woitkowitz is a Research Associate at the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Academic interests

John Woitkowitz’s academic interests include: 

  • History of Science
  • Historical Geography
  • Theories of cultural representation
  • German history
  • International history.

Degrees obtained

  • Master of Arts in Diplomatic History, Ohio State University, USA, 2009.
  • Magister Artium in North American Studies, Free University of Berlin, Germany, 2011.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in International History, University of Calgary, Canada, 2018.


John Woitkowitz completed his PhD in 2018 at the University of Calgary in Canada under the supervision of Dr Stephen J. Randall with a dissertation on the cultural history of Canadian and American defense relations in the North American Arctic during the early Cold War.

Before his doctoral studies, he had received a Master’s degree in Diplomatic History at Ohio State University in the United States and a Magister Artium at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin in Germany.

In October 2018, Dr Woitkowitz joined the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge as a Research Associate in the project ERC Arctic Cultures: Sites of Collection in the Formation of the European and American Northlands (PI: Dr Richard Powell).

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Publications, links and resources

  • Woitkowitz, J. (2018), ‘Die Arktis trotzt dem Konfliktmythos’, ntv.de, 28.01.2018.
  • Woitkowitz, J. (2017), ‘The Northern Education of Lester B. Pearson’, Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien, 37(1), 77-98.

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