Professor Mary Fulbrook FBA

20th-century German social history; structures & legacies of the Third Reich and the German Democratic Republic (GDR); longer-term German and European history in comparative perspective; the Holocaust and collective violence; historical and social theory

Elected 2007

Mary Fulbrook studied as an undergraduate at Newnham College, Cambridge, and as a postgraduate at Harvard University, where she did her MA and PhD; she has also held a Harvard Center for European Studies Krupp Fellowship at the LSE, and a Lady Margaret Research Fellowship at New Hall (now Murray Edwards), Cambridge. Among other positions at UCL, she has served as Head of the German Department (Jan. 1995 - Sep. 2006) and on UCL Council, as well as Director of the Centre for European Studies, later the European Institute. She is currently Executive Dean of the UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences. Among other professional commitments, Mary Fulbrook is a member of the Academic Advisory Board (wissenschaftliches Kuratorium) of the Memorial Foundation for the former Nazi concentration camps of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora; and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung. She has previously served as a member of the Advisory Board (Beirat) of the German Historical Institute London. She has also served as Chair of the British Academy's Modern History Section. She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of German Politics and Society, and of Zeithistorische Forschungen. She was the (first female) Chair of the German History Society, and was joint Founding Editor of its journal, German History.

Current post

Professor of German History and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and History Sciences, University College London

Past appointments

University College London Professor of German History and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and History Sciences

2013 -

University College London Vice-Dean (Interdisciplinarity), Arts and Humanities

2010 - 2013


A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust 2012

Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence through the German Dictatorships 2011

The People's State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker 2005

Historical Theory 2002

German National Identity after the Holocaust 1999

Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR 1949-89 1995

A History of Germany 1918-2014: The Divided Nation 1991 (4th edn. 2014)

A Concise History of Germany 1990 (2nd edn. 2004)

Piety and Politics: Religion and the Rise of Absolutism in England, Wurttemberg and Prussia 1983 (reissued 2003)

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