I completed my degree in Modern History, Medieval History and Law at the Technical University of Braunschweig. As a lecturer (2005-2012) I gathered experience in teaching and researching modern European history, with a particular interest in the fields of political cultural history, military history, the history of monarchies and the history of the media in the long nineteenth century.
Between 2012-2016 I worked as a research fellow at the University of St Andrews, before joining Aberdeen's School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History for the AY 2016-17.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
- Director of Communications (DHPA) 2018-2021
- Communications Champion (DHPA) 2018-2021
- UoA International Study Centre Link Tutor (DHPA) 2019-present
- PLTHE and DTOC admission board (DHPA) 2018-present
- Co-curricular learning (STAR / Leadership Training) steering board (DHPA) 2018-2021
- Senior Personal Tutor (DHPA) 2021-2022, 2023-present
- Interim Undergraduate Programme Coordinator (History) 2020 (Jan-July) and 2023 (Aug-Dec)
- First Year Coordinator (History) 2017-2019, 2021-2022, 2023-present
- Work placement organisation (History) 2017-2019
- Personal Tutor (History) 2016-present
- Communications Lead (History) 2017-2021
- External Memberships
I represent the Aberdeen History department at the History UK Steering Group (2020-present) and am a member of the History UK Working Group "Employability" (2023).
Prizes and Awards
AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence Awards 2021: Best Personal Tutor (winner)
AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence Awards 2022: Best Personal Tutor (shortlisted)
AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence Awards 2023: Most Inspiring (shortlisted)
I am a researcher in European modern history with a particular interest in cultural historical approaches and the history of emotions.
I am able to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students looking to research within the following areas:
- history of European constitutional monarchies
- political and media history of nineteenth-century Europe
- military history, cultural history of warfare and war experience
- history of acts of terror and politically motivated violence
I am currently accepting PhDs in History.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
I am currently working on a monograph on succession in the constitutional monarchies of Prussia, France and Great Britain (1815-1914).
I am also researching the history of the duchy of Brunswick 1815-1840 and its court and the connections between European monarchies and their military in the long 19th century.
I recently explored British concepts of military heroism and fame.
My doctoral thesis on the Franco-Prussian war 1870/71 formed part of the DFG-funded research project “France and Germany at War (18th–20th centuries)” led by Professor Ute Daniel (TU Braunschweig) and Professor Gerd Krumeich (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf).
From 2012-2016 I worked as a research fellow with the AHRC-funded research project “Heirs to the throne in the Constitutional Monarchies of Nineteenth-Century Europe (1815-1914)”, based at the University of St Andrews. Together with Frank Lorenz Mueller I edited two volumes on royal heirs in European monarchies.
I am currently lead PhD supervisor for a project on the gendered history of post-WW1 performance magic.
I am coordinating a number of undergraduate courses, including:
HI1027: Making History
HI2025: The Face of Battle: Historical Perspectives on Warfare
HI306B: Serving the Nation: The Military and Society in 19th-Century Europe
HI357A: Acts of Terror: Violence and Authority in 19th Century Europe
HI401D: Special Subject: Restorations and Innovations: Europe 1815-1848
HI4023: Special Subject: European Constitutional Monarchies in the Long 19th Century
HI4516: Undergraduate History Dissertation
Level 5 and Postgraduate
Dissertation and research supervision
Current lead supervisor for a project on the gendered history of post-WW1 performance magic.
I am currently second supervisor for several PhD research projects, including on military history (Napoleonic era and WW1).
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Staging Authority: Presentation and Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe. A HandbookDe Gruyter Oldenbourg, Berlin. 504 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
‘Diese armen Geiseln machen immer ein jämmerliches Gesicht’.: Über Anfänge des humanitären VölkerrechtsKrieg Macht Nation: Wie das deutsche Kaiserreich entstand. Bauer, G., Protte, K., Wagner, A. (eds.). 1 edition. Sandstein-Verlag, pp. 336-345, 9 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Teacher, Father, King. Royal representations of Louis-Philippe IFrancia. Forschungen zur westeuropäischen Geschichte, vol. 46 (2019), pp. 207-230Contributions to Journals: Articles
Heroic Heirs: Monarchical Succession and the Role of the Military in Restoration Spain and FranceA History of the European Restorations: Governments, States and Monarchy. 1 edition. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 183-200, 18 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Den Feind studieren: Perspektiven auf den franzoesischen Soldaten in deutscher Kriegsgefangenschaft (1870-1871)Les prisonniers de guerre (xve-xixe siecle): Entre marginalisation et reconnaissance. Jalabert, L. (ed.). Presses universitaires de Rennes, pp. 65-79, 14 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Der Koenig weint.: Der Tod des Prinzen Ferdinand-Philippe d'Orleans und das 'Neue Frankreich'Geboren, um zu herrschen?: Gefaehrdete Dynastien in historisch-interdisziplinaerer Perspektive. Widder, E., Holzwart-Schäfer, I., Heinemeyer, C. (eds.). Mohr Siebeck, pp. 231-250, 20 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Ein Opfer des Krieges und der Kriegsgesetze?: Die Beschießung von Bazeilles im Deutsch-Französischen Krieg 1870Krieg in der industrialisierten Welt. Majerus, B., Kolnberger, T., Ortner, M. C. (eds.). Caesarpress, pp. 3-24, 22 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
How European was Nineteenth-Century Royal Soft Power?Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Muller, F., Mehrkens, H. (eds.). Palgrave, pp. 303-308, 6 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in Nineteenth-Century EuropePalgrave, Houndmills Basingstoke. 319 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duc d’Angoulême: The loyal DauphinNon-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites