Professor Thomas Weber
Professor Thomas Weber

Professor Thomas Weber

MSt., DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS

Chair in History & International Affairs


Department of History, University of Aberdeen
Crombie Annexe
Meston Walk
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3FX


Thomas Weber is Professor of History and International Affairs as well as the founding Director of the Centre of Global Security and Governance at the University of Aberdeen. He also is an Associate Fellow of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies at the University of Bonn and Senior Associate of the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School for Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. His research and teaching expertise lies in European, international, and global political history from the 19th century to the present.

A native of Breckerfeld in Westphalia, he earned his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2003. He also has taught or has held fellowships at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and the University of Glasgow.

His 1st book, Lodz Ghetto Album, won a 2004 Golden Light Award and a 2005 Infinity Award. His 2nd book, Our Friend “The Enemy” was the recipient of the 2008 Duc d’Arenberg History Prize for the best book of a general nature, intended for a wide public, on the history and culture of the European continent. His 3rd book, Hitler's First War, was published in nine languages. It is the recipient of the 2010 Arthur Goodzeit Book Award of the New York Military Affairs Symposium for the best book on military history. His latest book, Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi , was published in 2017. A El Mundo Top 10 Best Seller, it was translated into several languages and was shortlisted for the 2018 for the 2018 Elizabeth Longford Prize. He also is the editor of Als die Demokratie starb: Die Machtergreifung der Nationalsozialisten – Geschichte und Gegenwart (Freiburg: Herder, forthcoming).

Thomas Weber occasionally  serves as an analyst on history and contemporary international affairs for news outlets and organizations in Europe, North America, and the Middle East.