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Professor of Modern History, University of Nottingham


History of the Third Reich, especially propaganda, visual culture, architecture, photography.

The role of private 'snapshot' photography in prompting political behaviour, how people internalise, or contest, ideologies and cultural beliefs.

The problems of using 'perpetrator photography' to represent difficult histories, especially in the context of the way we document and exhibit the Holocaust.

Brief bio:

born in Germany
University of Cambridge MA in History, First Class
University of Cambridge PhD (study of how landscape gardens in England and Germany shaped and expressed ideas about Enlightenment and progress, and travelled across national boundaries)
Junior Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Manchester
Professor, Chair in Modern History, University of Nottingham

Visiting appointments
Institute for Contemporary History, Munich (2015)
Freie Universität Berlin (2008)
University College London (2005-06)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (2004-05)
Harvard University (2001-02 and 2003)
Australian National University (2001)

Key books / publications (highlights only):

Private Life and Privacy in Nazi Germany, ed. with E Harvey, J Hürter, A Wirsching, Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Photography, Migration, and Identity: A German-Jewish-American Story (with S Sulzener), Palgrave, 2018.

Authenticity: The Cultural History of a Political Concept (with M Humphrey), Palgrave, 2017.

Photography and Twentieth-Century German History, Central European History. 48(3), 2015

German Cities and the Genesis of Modernism, 1890-1930, Oxford University Press, 2009

Hijacked Heimats. National Appropriations of Local and Regional Identities in Germany and Spain, 1930-1945, with Xosé M. Núñez Seixas, European Review of History 15/3 (2008), 295-316.

A Tale of Second Cities: Autonomy, Culture and the Law in Hamburg and Barcelona in the Long Nineteenth Century, American Historical Review, 110/3 (2005), 659-692.

Memory and Historicism: Reading between the Lines of the Built Environment, c.1900, Representations, 88 (2004), 26-54.

"Made in Germany". In H Schulze and E Francois, Deutsche Erinnerungsorte. Beck, 2001.



  • –present
    Professor of Modern History and Faculty Research Director, University of Nottingham