The GHS Committee

Meet the group of experienced scholars and historians that keeps the German History society running.

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Karin Friedrich

Professor in Early Modern European History at the University of Aberdeen, specialising on the history of Prussia and Poland-Lithuania from the 16th to the 18th century. Having studied in France, Munich, Washington D.C. and Poland, with a doctorate from Georgetown University, Karin Friedrich held the post of Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London/University College London from 1995 to 2004. In the spring/summer of 2000, she was Visiting Professor at the Free University, Berlin, and from 2001-2006 she was co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal German History.


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Helen Roche

Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History at the University of Durham. Her work has been featured in the press nationally and internationally, including appearances in The Times, The GuardianThe Daily Telegraph, on the BBC and Sky News. Her first book, Sparta’s German Children: The ideal of ancient Sparta in the Royal Prussian Cadet Corps, 1818-1920, and in National Socialist elite schools (the Napolas), 1933-1945, was published in 2013, and has subsequently received critical acclaim from reviewers in several disciplines, including Classics, intellectual history, and the history of education. Her article ‘Surviving Stunde Null was also awarded German History journal’s “Best Article of 2015” prize.



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Christopher Dillon

Christopher Dillon is a Senior Lecturer in Modern German History at King’s College London. His research focuses on the history of gender and political culture in Weimar and Nazi Germany. He is the author of Dachau and the SS: A Schooling in Violence (2015) and is currently writing a socio-cultural history of the 1918-19 Revolution in Bavaria.

GHI Representative

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Stephan Bruhn

Stephan Bruhn joined the GHIL in May 2019. He studied History and Philosophy at the University of Münster (BA) and Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau (MA). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kiel with a discourse analysis on reform groups in late Anglo-Saxon England. Before coming to London, he held positions at the Universities of Freiburg im Breisgau and Kiel. His current research project focuses on the relationship between ecclesiastical and social hierarchies in the Frankish and early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Postgraduate Officer

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Kat Hill

Historian of early modern cultural and religious history in global contexts at Birkbeck, University of London.

Journal Editor

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Anna Ross

Historian of modern Germany and modern Europe more broadly at the university of Warwick. Anna's work is focused on processes of state-making. This includes thinking about the limits of states and their international alternatives.

Journal Editor

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Joachim Whaley

Joachim Whaley studied History at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He graduated in 1975 and became a Fellow of Christ’s in 1976. In 1978 he took up a Fellowship at Robinson College, before transferring to Gonville & Caius in 1987. He was appointed to a lectureship in the German Department, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages in 1980. In 2013 he was appointed Professor of German History and Thought.. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1984 and Fellow of the British Academy in 2015. In 2010 Joachim Whaley was awarded a Pilkington Teaching Prize by the University of Cambridge for his outstanding teaching in German history, thought, and politics.

Book Series Editor

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Neil Gregor

Professor of Modern European History at the University of Southampton. His research interests range widely across 20th century German history, and have encompassed, at various points, aspects of business history, social history, cultural history and literary studies, along with historiography.

Book Series Editor

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Bridget Heal

Head of School of History at the University of St Andrews. Bridget's research focuses on the long-term impact of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations on German society and culture.

Outreach Officer

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Jeff Bowersox

Jeff Bowersox's research focuses on the connections that tied Germans and Europeans into the globalizing world of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has published articles on African and African-American entertainers in Germany around 1900, German-Polish relations in Upper Silesia, representations of the Boxer war in German youth media, debates over "Moor pharmacies" in Germany, German colonial exhibitions, and the colonial origins of the German Boy Scouts (Pfadfinder). He has  explored these connections in most detail in his book, Raising Germans in the Age of Empire: Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871-1914 (Oxford UP, 2013), a cultural history of the German colonial imagination around the turn of the twentieth century.

PGR Prize Officer

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Mark Jones

Mark Jones is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Global History at University College Dublin. A specialist in the history of political violence, war, and revolution, he is best known for his books Founding Weimar. Violence and the German Revolution of 1918-19 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Am Anfang war Gewalt (Propyläen, first edition 2017, 3rd edition 2018, also available in the book-publication series of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education).

Undergraduate Officer

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Laura Kounine

Laura completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Ulinka Rublack, on the gendering of witchcraft in early modern Germany. Between 2013 and 2016, she was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin. Laura has also held a visiting lectureship at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2014, she was an Early Career International Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne, and since then has co-convened two joint international conferences with the Centre on 'Witchcraft and Emotions'. Laura joined the University of Sussex as Lecturer in Early Modern History in Autumn 2016.