Professor Karin Friedrich

Professor Karin Friedrich
MA in History and Political Science (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany): 1989
PhD in History (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.): 1995, FRHistS.

Professor in Early Modern History

Professor Karin Friedrich
Professor Karin Friedrich

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The University of Aberdeen School of Divinity, History and Philosophy,
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King's College,
University of Aberdeen,
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I am interested to hear from students eager to embark on doctoral studies in early modern Polish-Lithuanian, East Central European and German history, issues of identity, nationhood, urban and noble society and history of Central European ideas.

The foundation of our new Centre for Polish-Lithuanian Studies (website to come soon) will provide a research community and a base for students of East Central Europe. Please search the website here.


"European Borderlands and Contested Spaces in the Early Modern Period" AND

"History of Poland-Lithuania (pre-1795)"

For a view of the two most recent books, please click on the links

Pietro Omodeo (ed.) in collaboration with Karin Friedrich, Duncan Liddel (1561-1613) Networks of Polymathy and the Northern European Renaissance (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

(editor and introd.), Die Erschließung des Raumes: Konstruktion, Imagination und Darstellung von Räumen und Grenzen im Barockzeitalter (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014), Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung, 2 vols, 920 pp 123 illustr.


Brandenburg-Prussia, 1466-1806. The Rise of a Composite State (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Brandenburg-Prussia, 1466-1806

The Cultivation of Monarchy and the Rise of Berlin. Brandenburg-Prussia 1700 (Ashgate, 2010). This is part monograph, part edited collection of materials relating to the coronation of Prussia in 1701, useful for students and specialists of festival, court culture and the rise of the cultural and political capital of Berlin during the early eighteenth century. 

See a review

This book results from the last of the Sawyer seminar series, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, at the University of Aberdeen's Centre of Early Modern Studies, held in 2005.

(ed.) Citizenship and Identity in a multinational Commonwealth. Poland-Lithuania in Context, c. 1550-1772 (Brill, 2009) results from the last of the Sawyer seminar series, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, at the University of Aberdeen's Centre of Early Modern Studies, held in 2005.

The Polish translation of my first monograph, The Other Prussia. Prussia, Poland and Liberty, 1569-1772 (Cambridge UP, 2000), appeared in Poznan, 2005 under the title Inne Prusy.

The Other Prussia, CUP 2000


Europa triumphans: court and civic festivals in early modern Europe (Ashgate, 2004) vol. I, ed. by Ronnie Mulryne et al., includes my section on Festivals in Poland-Lithuania, pp. 373-454.

As editor of Geman History, from 2001-2006, I also edited the 2004/3 special issue on 'Polish Views of German History'.

Festival culture

(ed.) Festive Culture in Germany and Europe from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century (Mellon Press, 2000)



After studies of Modern and Early Modern History, East European History and Political Sciences in France, Munich, Washington D.C. and Poland, and 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, where she was a member of the History Department from 1995 to 2004. In the spring/summer of 2000, she held a visiting chair at the Free University, Berlin. From 2001-2006 she was co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal German History. She joined the University of Aberdeen as a senior lecturer in January 2005, where she has been co-director of the Centre of Early Modern Studies and an active collaborator in the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was an elected member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society (2015-2019). She a member of the AHRC peer review college, the Carnegie Trust's Assessor College and serves on many editorial and editorial advisory boards. During 2002-2013 she was a member/deputy chair of the academic advisory board of the German Historical Institute Warsaw and a member of the Arbeitskreis für Barockforschung at the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel. She was promoted in 2013 to a professorship in Early Modern European History. Having held a Leverhulme Fellowship in 2000-2001, several travel, conference and small grants from the British Academy and other organisations, an AHRC research grant in 2011-12, a Wellcome Trust small grant in 2014, a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2018-2019 and a Gerda-Henkel Fellowship (small grant) in 2018, she has widely published on the history of Poland-Lithuania, Prussia, social and cultural history, court culture, history of religion and political ideas. She teaches on a range of undergraduate and graduate level courses and coordinates the postgraduate MLitt programme in Early Modern Studies at Aberdeen. She has recently been elected chair of the German History Society in the UK. She welcomes supervision of topics in the social, political, cultural and intellectual history of Central Europe (esp. Brandenburg-Prussia, Poland-Lithuania and the Holy Roman Empire) from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century.


Research Interests

My research focuses on the German-Polish borderlands in the context of early modern Europe and issues of cultural transfer, citizenship, religous and political identities, and the constitution of early modern commonwealths.

I am interested in hearing from students eager to embark on doctoral studies in early modern Polish-Lithuanian, East Central European and German history.



My doctoral work and first book was on urban elites (mostly German-speaking and Protestant) in Polish Prussia, and their historical and national identities in the context of a noble-dominated Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Further interests and publications have focused on the history of political and religious ideas in early modern Central Europe, early modern identities and urban history, the history of Silesia, Cracow and Prague and confessionalisation in Poland-Lithuania in their European context from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. My interest in Polish-Lithuanian and German history of the early modern period also include court and festival culture, interest in the rival political systems of absolutist Brandenburg-Prussia and the mixed form of constitutionally limited monarchy in Poland.

As co-director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies I am interested in supporting interdisciplinary research on early modern Europe. I have a particular interest in the notion and meaning of citizenship in the early modern period and closely cooperate with the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law (CISRUL).  


Current Research

My research continues to concentrate on the borderlands of Poland-Lithuania, Prussia and Germany. After receiving funding from the AHRC (in 2011-12) for archival rearch in Warsaw, Berlin, Vilnius and Minsk, I am currently writing a monograph (contracted wth Routledge) on the the Lithuanian magnate and governor of Prussia Boguslaw Radziwill, a truly transnational figure. I analyse his political and religous (Calvinist) patronage networks, his family policies, his changing allegiances between Poland-Lithuania and Prussia, and his loyalties in political, religious and cultural terms. My last monograph was new interpretation of Prussian history (Brandenburg-Prussia 1466-1806: The Rise of a Composite State, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), accessible to students and a wider readership, locates Brandenburg-Prussia within East Central Europe as well as the German context of the Holy Roman Empire and provides a synthesis of approaches, debates and recent research.    

Publications (ordered according to publication type):


Brandenburg- Prussia, 1466-1806. The Rise of a Composite State (Palgrave, 2011)

The Cultivation of Monarchy and the Rise of Berlin: Brandenburg-Prussia 1700, with Sara Smart (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010).

Inne Prusy. Polska, Prusy Królewskie a Wolnosc, 1569-1772 (Poznan: Polskie Towarzytwo Przyjaciol Nauk, 2006) Polish translation of:

The Other Prussia. Poland, Prussia and Liberty, 1569-1772 (Cambridge University Press, 2000, pb 2006) 280 pp.

Books (edited)

(ed.) Pietro Omodeo in collaboration with Karin Friedrich, Duncan Liddel (1561-1613) Networks of Polymathy and the Northern European Renaissance (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

(ed.) Die Erschließung des Raumes: Konstruktion, Imagination und Darstellung von Räumen und Grenzen im Barockzeitalter – Opening spaces: Constructions, visions and depictions of spaces and boundaries in the Baroque, 13. Wolfenbütteler Arbeitskreis für Barockforschung (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, forthcoming 2014) 

(ed.) Citizenship and Identity in a Multi-National Commonwealth. Poland-Lithuania in Context, 1550-1750 (Leiden: Brill, 2009)

(ed.) Festivals in Germany and Europe: New Approaches to European Festival Culture (Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000) 396 pp.

Journals (single-edited)

German History 22:3 (2004), editor of special issue: 'Polish Views of German History'.

Chapters in books

Obywatele i obywatelskość w wielonarodowej Rzeczypospolitej’ [Citizens and Citizenship in a multi-natinal Commonwealth], in: Dyskurs polityczny Rzeczypospolitej w dialogu z tradycją europejską. Struktury aksjologiczne – praktyka komunikacyjna – granice cywilizacyjne, ed. Anna Grześkowiak-Krwawicz (Warsaw: University of Warsaw Press, 2016), 30 pp.

Marktregulierung für und wider den Markt: Introduction to Section 4 of the book Eigennutz und gute Ordnung. Ökonomisierungen im 17. Jahrhundert, ed. by Sandra Richter and Guillaume Garner, Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung 54, Göttingen: Harrassowitz, 2016 (Feb), 485-493. (Introduction)

‘Cultural capital, self-representation and patronage in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: the Example of the Radziwill family’, in: Medieninnovationen im Nordeuropa des 17. Jahrhunderts. Media Innovations in 17th-century Northern Europe : Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung, ed. by JohannesSüßmann, Sabine Schmitz, Christoph Ehland (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015 forthcoming).

'Die Reformation in Polen-Litauen', [The Reformation in Poland-Lithuania] (Chapter 2.f.), in: Polen in der europäischen Geschichte. Ein Handbuch in Vier Bänden, general ed. Michael G. Müller, vol. ed. Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg, vol II: Die Frühe Neuzeit [The Early Modern Period] (Hiersemann-Verlag, Stuttgart, 2011), by subscription, Lieferung 2, 123-143.

'Von der religiösen Toleranz zur gegenreformatorischen Konfessionalisierung: Konfessionelle, regionale und ständische Identitäten im Unionsstaat' [From religious toleration to counter-reformationist confessionalisation: confessional, regional and social identities in the Polish-Lithuanian union] (Chapter 3.d.), Polen in der europäischen Geschichte. Ein Handbuch in Vier Bänden, general ed. Michael G. Müller, vol. ed. Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg, vol II: Die Frühe Neuzeit [The Early Modern Period] (Hiersemann-Verlag, Stuttgart, 2012), 251-289.

‘Introduction’ to Citizenship and Identity in a Multi-National Commonwealth. Poland-Lithuania in Context, 1550-1750 (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 1-16.

‘Citizenship in the Periphery: Royal Prussia and the Union of Lublin 1569’, in Citizenship and Identity in a Multi-National Commonwealth. Poland-Lithuania in Context, 1550-1750 (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 49-70.

'Poland-Lithuania', in History of European Political Throught, 1450-1700, eds. Howell Lloyd, Glenn Burgess, Simon Hodson (Yale University Press, 2007), 208-242.

'History, Myth and Historical Identity', James B. Collins, Karen L. Taylor (eds), Early Modern Europe: Issues and Interpretations,, Oxford: Malden, 2006, pp. 41-54.

'Zwischen zwei Adlern. Kulturelle und ideologische Einflüsse Polen-Litauens auf das herzogliche Preußen vor 1701' [Between Two Eagles. Cultural and ideological influences of Poland-Lithuania on Ducal Prussia], in: Preußen in Ostmitteleuropa [Prussia in East Central Europe], ed. by Matthias Weber (Oldenburg, 2003), pp. 115-141.

'The Development of Prussian Towns, 1720-1815', in P. Dwyer, ed., The Rise of  Prussia: Re-thinking Prussian History, 1700-1830, (London: Adison, Wesley, Longman, 2001), pp. 129-150.

'Cultural and Intellectual Trends', German History Since 1800, ed. by Mary Fulbrook (London: Edward Arnold, 1997), pp. 88-105.

Introduction to Festivals in Germany and Europe: New Approaches to European Festival Culture (Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000), pp. 1-15.

'Cives Patriae - 'German' Burghers in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth', in R. Bartlett, K. Schönwälder, eds., Germany and the Eastern Lands (London: Macmillan, 1998), 48-71.

'Gottfried Lengnich (1689-1774) und die Aufklärung in Preußen königlich-polnischen Anteils', in Fördern und Bewahren. Studien zur Europäischen Kulturgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit, edited by H. Schmidt-Glintzer (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz-Verlag, 1996), 107-118.

Articles in journals and edited collections

Rola i znaczenie Prus Królewskich w życiu politycznym i intelektualnym Rzeczypospolitej w XVIII wieku, szczególnie w dobie reform ustrojowych’ [The role and significance of Royal Prussia in the political and intellectual life of the eighteenth-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, particularly during the era of reform], in: Pamięć „Chwili, Która Nas Samym Sobie Wróciła...” Wykłady Trzeciomajowe w Trybunale Konstytucyjnym w latach 2000-2015 (Warsaw, Publications of the Constitutional Tribunal, 2016, 214-237.

'Zwischen Ost und West - Kultur und Politik in Preußen Königlich-Polnischen Anteils im Zeitalter der Aufklärung' [Between East and West – Culture and Politics in Royal-Polish Prussia in the Age of Enlightenment], in Die Geschichte der Musikkultur in Danzig und Westpreußen. Perspektiven einer transnationalen Forschung, eds Erik Firscher, Anneliese Kürsten, Sarah Brasack (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, forthcoming 2016)

‘Political Loyalties in the Commonwealth’s Borderlands. The Case of Boguslaw Radziwill (1620-1669)’, Imaginations and Configurations of Polish Society: From the Middle Ages through the 20th Century, ed. by Yvonne Kleinmann, Tomasz Wislicz and Achim Rabus. Alexander Brückner Zentrum, Universität Jena (Göttingen: online Wallstein Verlag, forthcoming spring 2016)

Life-writing in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: Reflections on Magnate Ego-Documents, Dekonstruieren und doch erzählen. Polnische und andere Geschichten, ed. by Jürgen Heyde, Karsten Holste, Dietlind Hüchtker, Yvonne Kleinmann, Katrin Steffen. Poland: Culture - History – Society, vol. 2 (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2015), 81-86.

‘Noble power brokerage in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: the case of Boguslaw Radziwill’, in: Miscellanea res Polonorum, Brittanorum ac Judaeorum illustrantia, edited by Jakub Basista, Adam Kazmierczyk, Mariusz Markiewicz and Dominika Oliwa (Cracow: Historia Jagiellonica 2015), 13-26.

'"Pomorze" or "Preussen": Polish Perspectives on early modern Prussian History', German History 22:3 (2004), special issue: 'Polish Views of German History', pp. 190-217, and Introduction (co-authored with Klaus Zernack), pp. 155-168.

'Kilka zagadnien nad historia miast w Prusach Królewskich i Prusach Hohenzollernów w XVIII wieku [Reflections on the history of towns in Royal and Hohenzollern Prussia in the eighteenth century]', in Miedzy Wschodem a Zachodem [Between East and West], edited by Jaroslaw Porazinski, Jaroslaw Dumanowski and Krzysztof Mikulski (Torun: UMK, 2002), pp. 277-285.

'Nationsbewußtsein im Schlesien der frühen Neuzeit' [National identity in early modern Silesia], in: Die Grenzen der Nationen. Nationale Identitätenwandel in Oberschlesien in der Neuzeit, edited by Kai Struve and Philip Ther (Marburg: Herder-Institut, 2002), pp. 19-44.

'Royal Prussia: Monarch, Nobles and Cities', in Richard Butterwick (ed.), The Polish-Lithuania Monarchy, 1500-1795 (London: Palgrave, 2001), pp. 93-115.

'Cives Cracoviae: Bürgertum im frühneuzeitlichen Krakau zwischen Stadtpatriotismus und nationaler Pluralität', in Marina Dmitrieva and Karen Lambrecht (eds), Krakau, Prag und Wien. Funktionen von Metropolen im frühmodernen Staat (Stuttgart: Franz-Steiner Verlag, 2000), 143-162.

'Konfessionalisierung und politische Ideen in Polen und Litauen, 1570-1650' , in Konfessionalisierung in Ostmitteleuropa. Wirkungen des religiösen Wandels im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert in Staat, Gesellschaft und Kultur, eds J. Bahlcke and A. Strohmeyer Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag 1999), 249-266.

'Nationale Identität und Pluralität in Krakau und Prag im 16. Jahrhundert', Berichte und Beiträge des Geisteswissenschaftlichen Zentrums für Ostmitteleuropa (Leipzig: Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Ostmitteleuropa, 1999), 60-79.

'The Urban Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Royal Prussia', Raison universelle et cultures nationales au siècle des lumières, ed. by David Bell, L. Pimenova, S. Pujol (Paris, Geneva: Edititons Champion, Slatkine, 1998), 11-29.

'Politisches Landesbewußtsein und seine Trägerschichten im Königlichen Preußen, 1466-1772/95)' (Regional Political Identity and Social Strata in Royal Prussia), Nordost-Archiv 2 (1997), 541-564.

'Better in Perilous Liberty Than In Quiet Servitude. The Idea of Freedom in the Writings of Two Protestant Burghers in Seventeenth Century Royal Prussia', in: Miedzy Wielka Polityka a Szlacheckim Partykularyzmem. Studia z dziejów nowozytnej Polski i Europy, (Festschrift in Honour of Professor Jacek Staszewski on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday) (Torun University Press, 1993), 71-85.

'A Conservative Revolution Against Hitler. Edgar Julius Jung's Analysis and Criticism of the Total State', in Totalitarianism and the Challenge of Democracy, ed. by A.W. Jablonski and W. Piasecki, Politologia V, (Wroclaw University Press,1992), 9-21.

'Die 'sarmatischen Brüder' der Polen. Schlesien aus polnischer Sicht im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert', (The Poles Sarmatian Brothers. Polish Views of Silesia in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century), Kulturpolitische Korrespondenz, Stiftung Ostdeutscher Kulturrat, 737 (Bonn, 1989), 4-6.

Source editions

'Preface', 'Royal Entries into Cracow, Warsaw and Danzig: Festival Culture and the Role of the Cities in Poland-Lithuania', as well as the edition of source texts in form of an anthology of eleven festival descriptions (1543-1754) with annotations, in the original languages (German, Polish and Latin) and in English translation, in: Europa Triumphans. Court and Civic Festivals in Early Modern Europe, ed. By J.R. Mulryne, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Margaret Shewring, Elizabeth Goldring and Sarah Knight, 2 vols, 500 pp. each (Ashgate, 2004), ISBN 07546 38731, vol. I, pp. 373-374, pp. 386-392, pp. 394-462 (source texts).

Review articles

'Facing Both Ways: New Work on Prussia and Polish-Prussian Relations', German History 15, no. 2, 1997, pp.  256-267.

Popular Journals

'Zdrajca czyli dobrym obywatelem? Podwójne Zycie Boguslawa Radziwlla', Mówia Wieki: Magazyn Historyczny (Autumn 2012, forthcoming)

'Biala legenda czarnego krzyza' [The white legend of the black cross], in: Mówia Wieki: Magazyn Historyczny (February 2002), pp. 11-15.


In 2014-15 I have led an outreach-public engagement project, Linking Northern Communities socially, culturally and economically: East European Immigration in Scotland, funded with £ 18,000 by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, based at the University of Strathclyde (

I have also been in cooperation with the Institute for Reformation Studies at the University of Warsaw, funded by the Polish Science Foundation, on Universal Reformation As part of the Centre for Early Modern Studies, I have been involved in several funding applications, such as an application within the HERA Collaborative Research Project Balancing Diversity and Community: 17th-Century Politics and Media Practises(with the University of Paderborn, Germany) and a publication project with the University of Warsaw and the Instytut Bada? Literackich on 'Political Discourse in Poland-Lithuania in Dialogue with the European Tradition'

In 2013-14 I have led a project funded by the Wellcome Trust under the title Medical Knowledge between Polymathy and Disciplinarity: Duncan Liddel (1561-1613) in Context as part of the research initiatives located within the University's Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) The result will be a publication with Brill in Leiden: Duncan Liddel (1561-1613). Networks of Polymathy
and the Northern European Renaissance (ed. Pietro Omodeo in collab. with K. Friedrich, forthcoming spring 2016)  I am also an active member of and PhD supervisor for the University's Centre for Citizenship, Civic Society and the Rule of Law (CISRUL)

I have regular collaborative and advisory contacts with projects at the Palacky-University in Olomouc(Czech Republic), the Zentrum für Historische Kulturwissenschaften der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and the East European History at the University of Halle (both Germany).

In 2002-2004, I took part of an AHRB-funded project on East European travel literature (London), a Leverhulme-funded project on European political thought (Hull), and an AHRC-funded project 'Europa Triumphans' (Warwick), all of which resulted in publications.

Research Grants

Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2018-2019

Gerda Henkel Foundation Small Grant 2018

Royal Society of Edinburgh/ Polska Akademia Nauk, International Exchange Fellowship, August-September 2016

Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, public engagement grant 2014-15

Hunter-Caldwell Fellowship/ Aberdeen Humanities Fund, University of Aberdeen 2013-14

The Wellcome Trust, small grant 2013-14

AHRC Fellowship 2011-12

Exchange Fellowship British Academy/Polish Academy of Sciences, May 2010

Guest scholar at the Herzog August Library Wolfenbuettel, summer 2008 and summer 2009

Guest scholar at the Krupp Foundation Greifswald/ University of Greifswald, summer 2007

The Andrew Mellon Foundation Conference Grant/Sawyer Seminars Series, 2005

Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2000-2001

Guest Chair Free University Berlin, Summer Term 2000

Max Planck Institute for History, Goettingen, Reseach Grant, summer 1999

Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum fuer Ostmitteleuropa (GWZO) Leipzig, Research Grant, July/Aug 1998

AAASS travel grant to conference in Boston, 1996

British Academy Conference Grant, 1995

PhD Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship Georgetown, 1989-1992



Teaching Responsibilities

  • HI1521/HI1523 Renaissances and Reformations (co-ordinator 2008-9, 2009-10, 2015-16)
  • HI2020 Birth of Modernity (2013-)
  • HI 301B Making an Empire: Germany 1806-1914, co-ordinator
  • HI 351A Germany 1516-1806: Reformation, Empire and Enlightenment, co-ordinator
  • HI 3540 Thinking History (tutor)
  • HI 4015KF The Enlightenment in Comparison: Scotland and Central Europe, 1650-1800, co-ordinator
  • Programme Coordinator MLitt in Early Modern Studies
  • Final Year Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision
  • MLitt and PhD supervisions
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External Responsibilities

Appointed member of the Advisory Council of the Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Ostmitteleuropa, University of Leipzig (2016-)

Fellow (2000-) and elected member (2015-) of the Council of the Royal Historical Society

Appointed member of the AHRC peer review college (2012-)

Appointed member of the Peer Assessor College of the Carnegie Trust (2014-).

Member of the advisory editorial board of H-Net German (2010-)

Member and deputy chair of the academic advisory committee of the German Historical Institute in Warsaw (2001-11)

Member of the Working Group on the Baroque at the Herzog-August Library in Wolfenbüttel (2003-13)

Joint editor of German History (2001-2006) and member of the editorial board of German History (until 2011)

Editorial Board member for Central Europe, Barok and Rocznik Lituanistyczny (Warsaw) and editorial advisory boards of the academic journals Czasy Nowozytne, Zapiski Historyczne, Roczniki Grudziadzkie (in Poland, 2010-)

Corresponding member of the Historical Commission for East and West Prussian History in Berlin (2009-)

External Examiner in History at the University of Dundee (2008-12) and at the University of Stirling (2011-2014).

External PhD examiner, Free University Berlin, 2015

Peer reviewer for numerous journals and publishers, assessor for academic prizes (H-Net syllabus contest, German History article prize, fellowship awards Herzog August Library Fellowships etc.)

Admin Responsibilities

Acting Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Russian and Eat European History (2016-)

Elected member of the senate business committee and the graduate school committee

Director of Research for History (DHP, 2015-)

Co-director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies (2009-)

Coordinator of the Postgraduate Taught Programme (MLitt) in Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Member in the Research Committee, Member of the University Senate, and responsibility for student tutees (graduate attributes).

Deputy Head of School (Divinity, History and Philosophy) for History (2012-15), member of School Executive, Research committee, with responsibilities for mentoring and annual review of staff members, teaching programmes, PGR review, workload model.

Before 2012: coordinator of all taught postgraduate degrees in History, member of the postgraduate committees of the school and the college, member in the Induction Strategy Group of the unversity, academic staff mentoring coordinator for the college, school liaison officer for History and Student Advisor.

PhD Supervision

Hanna Mazheika

From Text to Network: Confessional Contacts and Textual Exchange between Britain and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, c. 1560s-1660s


Anna Grudzińska
Nationality and Citizenship in modern Poland
(in co-supervision with the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law, CISRUL)


Former PhD students (co-supervision):


Mindaugas Šapoka
The genesis of the 1715 Vilnius Confederation of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1710–1715 (PhD 2014)