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Professor of German and Global History, Aston University

I hold an MA ( I. Staatsexamen) in History, German, and Pedagogics from Freiburg University, Germany, and a PhD from Durham University, UK. At Aston I teach German society, history, politics and business. Research areas include German society and history, migration studies, and Anglo-German relations. My monograph 'Constructing a German Diaspora. The Greater German Empire, 1871-1914' (Routledge Publishers) was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. I am currently working on civilian internment in Britain and its Empire during the First World War, holding grants from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I have given TV, radio and journal interviews for the BBC on current news and historical issues and can be contacted to comment on any of my areas of specialism.


  • –present
    Reader in German, Aston University


Fellow of the Royal Historical Society