Professor for global history

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Daniel Speich Chassé is full professor in global history since 2018. His research priorities are in the social process of digitization, environmental issues and global economic inequality. He was born in 1969 in Rwanda and raised in Switzerland and Kenya. He studied History, Social Anthropology and Political Philosophy at the University of Zurich where he also gained his Ph.D. (2004) and the Habilitation (2012). Speich Chassé worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) as of 1998. He was a fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Nantes before joining the faculty of the University of Lucerne in 2011 as an SNSF-professor. He serves in several administrative functions (as director of the historical seminar, on the board of the Graduate School Lucerne GSL, as a co-director of the Master program in World Society and Global Governance and the “Master Bilingue” in history in cooperation with Université de Neuchâtel, as a co-director in the focus on digital issues of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and as a member of the board of the Lucerne Centre for Enlightenment, Critical Thinking, and Plurality).


Research Priorities

  • Economic history
  • Global history
  • History of knowledge
  • Historical sociology of world society
  • History of the digital age
  • Environmental history
  • History of Switzerland
  • African history

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • History of the digital age – Power and the social magic of numbers
  • The environment as a political problem – Local and global perspectives
  • Global economic inequality – Historical functions of knowledge on poverty and wealth

Completed Projects

  • Statistics between empire and nation. Generalized knowledge in European-African relations
  • History and sociology of global numbers
  • Macroeconomic expertise and international organization. Generalized knowledge in European-African relations
  • Towards a global history of development. Interweaving culture, politics, science and the economy of aid
  • Developmental Knowledge. Science and Technology in a global culture of development since 1945
  • ETHistory. 150 years of ETH Zürich
  • Topography of a nation. Politics, cartographic order and landscape in the 19th century
  • Improving nature. The Linth-Valley-Hydrotechnical Scheme in political perspective



Authored book

Journal Article

Book Section

Article in Public Media

Review, Editorial, Letter in a Journal


Conference contribution/presentation

Single lecture, talk, presentation at invitation

Services within University of Lucerne

Vested interests


  • Graduate School Lucerne, Chairperson, Switzerland, 2018–