Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg is Professor of East Central European History at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen since 2007. Previously, he was a research associate at the Nordost-Institut Lüneburg and at the German Historical Institute Warsaw, of which he was deputy director from 1999 to 2002. His research interests include the history of early modern East Central Europe, German-Polish relations as well as regional and urban history in Eastern Europe. In addition, he also deals with contemporary historical issues of East Central Europe.