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School of History

Professor Christina von Hodenberg


Professor of European History

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8375
Room Number: ArtsTwo 2.04


I joined Queen Mary in 2006. I took my MA degree at the University of Munich and a PhD in social history from Bielefeld University. I then taught as an Assistant Professor at the University of Freiburg and as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. I have held fellowships at the Université de Montréal, Harvard University and Potsdam’s Centre for Contemporary History.


Research Interests:

I have written widely on the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany. My first book was a collective biography of Prussian judges from 1815 to the revolution of 1848-49. I then moved to the history of working-class protest with my study of Germany’s best-known workers’ uprising, the 1844 revolt of Silesian weavers. In 2006, I published the first overview study of political journalism in West Germany between 1945 and 1973. This prize-winning study explores how mass journalism helped overcome authoritarian traditions of German political culture. My fourth book (2015) was a comparative study on the impact of German, British and American television on the Sixties cultural revolution. Most recently, I have written a social history of late sixties protest in West Germany, forthcoming in 2018.


  • political culture in 19th and 20th century Germany
  • the history of journalism, mass media, television
  • value change, sexuality, family, gender and youth
  • popular protest and revolutions
  • the history of ageing and elderly people in 20th century Germany


Editorial Positions


I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • 19th and 20th century German social and cultural history
  • transnational links between Germany, the UK and the US
  • legal history and the role of lawyers
  • generations in 20th century Germany
  • the history of concepts (Begriffsgeschichte)
  • coming to terms with the Nazi past

Current PhD Students

  • Emily A. Steinhauer, From Critical Theorists to Political Actors: Theodor W. Adorno’s and Max Horkheimer’s Role in West-German Politics


Current PHD Students

  • Anna Motyczka – Jews and Catholics in Communist Poland, 1944-1968
  • Lisa Renken – Leitsungsgesellschaft (meritocracy) in the Third Reich and the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Emily Steinhauer – "From Critical Theorists to Political Actors: Theodor W. Adorno’s and Max Horkheimer’s Role in West-German Politics"

Public Engagement

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