Isabelle Hertner - Director
Sara Jones - Deputy Director
Felix Heiduk - Lecturer
Current PhD researchers
Ivor M. Bolton
The implementation of German heritage policy and the representation of ‘inner unity’ through memorials and museums.
From the Euro to the Eurozone Crisis: A Comparative Analysis of Identity Discourses in the UK, Germany and Poland 2002 - 2012.
The Past is Present. Negotiating Notions of Europeanness in the European Union: Interperceptions of Racism and Xenophobia in Germany, Austria and Great Britain
Transnational Co-production in Post-reunification German Language Cinema
Associate / affiliated staff
Dr Mike Adkins (POLSIS)
Research about: comparative euroscepticism; political parties; party system theory; politics of Western Europe; manifesto research; elections and voting behaviour; German politics; British politics; European Union politics
Professor Bill Dodd (German Studies)
Research about: "inner emigration" of the Nazi period; language criticism, critical linguistics (discourse analysis), and corpus linguistics; language pedagogy; Kafka
Dr Elystan Griffiths (German Studies)
Research about: German literature from 1770 to1815; German film
Dr Jonathan Grix
Research about: Sport in Germany; the German unification process; East German identity, politics and history; the East German sports system
Hans Kundnani (European Council on Foreign Relations)
Research about: Germany's 1968 generation and the Holocaust, German geo-economic power in the 21st century, and German-Chinese relations.
Professor William E Paterson - Professor Emeritus
Research about: Germany and the EU; Germany and Eastern Europe; Government and politics of Germany; party systems and elections; the impact of unification
Dr Joanne Sayner (German Studies)
Research about: women's writing and feminist theory; the politics of remembrance; gendered memories of Nazism; autobiography and identity.
Professor Ronald Speirs (German Studies)
Research about: Brecht, Kafka, Thomas Mann, Fascism and European literature, the first unification of Germany, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber
Dr Graham Timmins (POLSIS)
Research about: The external activities of the European Union with a specific interest in the European Union's 'eastern policy'. Professor Timmins is involved in a number of research projects examining European Union-Russian relations and since 2006 has been a joint coordinator of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)-University Association for Contemporary Studies (UACES) Joint Research Network on EU-Russia Relations. He also maintains an interest in German politics and has a specific interest in German European and Foreign Policy as well as Germany's bilateral relations with Russia.
Professor Wilfried van der Will - Honorary Professor
Research about: German culture, philosophy and politics; German literature and society post-1945; the worker-culture movement of the Weimar Republic; culture in the Third Reich; protest and democracy from the 1960s to the 1980s; the reception of Nietzsche
Professor Stefan Wolff (POLSIS)
Research about: ethnic German minorities in Central and Easter Europe; ethnic German expellees, refugees and ‘returnees’ and their integration in the Federal Republic; policies of German governments towards ethnic German minorities abroad; expellee organisations in the Federal Republic, German Ostpolitik, the German ‘question’ in international politics.