I received my BA in History from the University of Cardiff and my MA in Contemporary History and Politics from Birkbeck College London. I completed my PhD at Birkbeck in 2010 as part of an AHRC-funded research project on the history of the concentration camps in pre-war Nazi Germany.
I taught modern German and European history at Birkbeck and Queen Mary before moving to the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Teaching Fellow in 2011.
I was appointed lecturer in Modern European History at Leicester in 2013.
I am a member of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. I am currently book reviews editor for the journal German History.
My research interests include
the meaning of the concentration camp in Germany prior to 1933
propaganda and the media in Nazi Germany
the social history of the Third Reich
paramilitary violence in the late Weimar Republic
the postwar occupation and denazification of Germany
My current research project examines the role of the tabloid press in the political social and cultural history of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The View from Outside: The Nazi Concentration Camps and the German Public, 1933-1945 (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2022).
Journal articles and book chapters:
'Es geht ihm soweit ganz gut«. Reaktionen auf die Konzentrationslager im Arbeitermilieu 1933 bis 1936’ in Jörg Osterloh and Kim Wünschmann (eds.) »... der schrankenlosesten Willkür ausgeliefert«. Häftlinge der frühen Konzentrationslager 1933-1936/37 (Frankfurt/New York 2017) pp. 349-74.
'The Truth about the Concentration Camps': Werner Schäfer’s Anti-Brown Book and the Transnational Debate on Early Nazi Terror', German History Vol.34 No. 4 (December 2016), pp. 579-607
'Man hat es sich viel schlimmer vorgestellt': German concentration camps in Nazi propaganda, 1933-1939', in Christiane Hess, Julia Hörath, Dominique Schröder and Kim Wünschmann (eds.), 15th Workshop on the History of the Nazi Concentration Camps (Berlin, 2011).
'And what concentration camps those were!' Foreign concentration camps in Nazi Propaganda, 1933-1939', in Nikolaus Wachsmann and Christian Goeschel (eds.), Before the Holocaust: The Nazi Camps, 1933-39, special issue of the Journal of Contemporary History 45 (July 2010), pp. 649-74.
'Noch nicht mal zu Bismarcks Zeiten': Deutsche Populärmeinung und der Terror gegen die Linke', in Nikolaus Wachsmann and Sybille Steinbacher (eds.), Die Linke im Visier. Zur Errichtung der Konzentrationslager 1933 (Gottingen, 2014), pp. 168-190.
I currently supervise PhD research on the history of the Nazi camps education in Nazi Germany. the history of the civil service in modern Germany and conservative politicians in the German Democratic Republic.
I am willing to supervise students working on:
Modern German history especially twentieth century Germany
social and cultural history of Nazi Germany
popular opinion and the role of the mass media and propaganda in modern societies
HS1016 Europe 1861-1991: Emancipation and Subjugation
HS2362 Living with Dictatorship: European Societies 1918-1941
HS3693 Making Nazis: Propaganda and Persuasion in the Third Reich 1933-1945
HS3771 After Hitler: Society Culture and The Politics of The Nazi Past in The Two Germanies 1945-1990
HS7037: After The Holocaust - History and Memory in Postwar Europe
Press and media
Twentieth-century German history
The history of Nazi Germany
The Holocaust and Concentration Camps