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Prof Dr Christina von Hodenberg

Christina von Hodenberg took over as Director of the GHIL on 1 September 2018. Professor von Hodenberg specialises in the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe. From 2006 to 2018, she taught European History at Queen Mary University London.

Her first two monographs explored nineteenth-century Prussian history, specifically the role of Prussian judges during the revolution of 1848-49 and Germany’s most famous working-class protest, the 1844 revolt of Silesian weavers. She then moved to the contemporary history of media and political protest. Her survey of post-1945 political journalism in West Germany asked how authoritarian traditions of political culture were overcome. A comparative study on the impact of German, British and American television on the Sixties cultural revolution followed. Most recently, her account of late sixties protest in West Germany (‘Das andere Achtundsechzig’) has generated much discussion in academia and beyond

Email: c.hodenberg(ghi)

Research Interests

  • ageing and the elderly in Germany and Britain after 1945
  • political culture in 19th and 20th century Germany
  • popular protest and revolutions
  • generations in contemporary history
  • research-generated social science data as historical sources
  • digital humanities methods for historians
  • the history of journalism, mass media, television
  • value change, sexuality, family, gender and youth since 1960
  • comparisons and transnational links between Germany, the UK and the US
  • legal history and the role of lawyers
  • the history of concepts (Begriffsgeschichte)
  • coming to terms with the Nazi past

Current Research

Ageing and ‘Doing Gender‘ in the Era of Value Change

Academic Background
2012-2018 Professor of European History, Queen Mary, University of London
2007-2012 Reader in European History, Queen Mary, University of London
2006-2007 Senior Lecturer in European History, Queen Mary, University of London
2004 Habilitation for Modern and Contemporary History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
2002-2005 DAAD Visiting Assistant / Associate Professor of History, University of California at Berkeley
2000-2001 John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
1995-2002 Assistant Professor of History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
1992-1995 PhD in Modern History, Universität Bielefeld
1987-1991 MA in Modern History, Eastern European History and German Literature, Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Scholarships, Prizes, Distinctions
2014 Humboldt-Forschungspreis
2009 Leibniz Summer Fellowship, Zentrum für Zeitgeschichtliche Forschung Potsdam
2009 First prize, "Das Historische Buch" (H-Soz-u-Kult) for Konsens und Krise in category ‘media history'
2000-2001 John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
5/1998 DAAD-Kurzzeitprofessur, The Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, Université de Montréal
1996 Dissertation prize, Westfälisch-Lippische Universitätsgesellschaft
1990 Research grant, GDR and FRG Inner-German Cultural Exchange
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Modern European History (external link)
  • Editorial Board, German History (external link)
  • Advisory Council, Zentrum für Zeitgeschichtliche Forschung Potsdam
  • Board member, Leo Baeck Institute
  • Advisory Council, Institute for Historical Research, London (2010-2014)
  • Board member, German History Society (2006-2011; 2018-)



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Selected articles