IGS staff

Dr Nicholas Martin - Director

Isabelle Hertner - Deputy Director

Sara Jones - Birmingham Fellow

Dr Julian Pänke - Lecturer in European Politics and DAAD Fachlektor

Current PhD researchers

Anja Benedikt
Memory and Migration: The Impact of Historical Experience on Immigrant Integration Discourse and Policy in Germany.

Ivor M. Bolton
The implementation of German heritage policy and the representation of ‘inner unity’ through memorials and museums.

Charlotte Galpin
From the Euro to the Eurozone Crisis: A Comparative Analysis of Identity Discourses in the UK, Germany and Poland 2002 - 2012.

Josefin Graef
The Dynamics of Narrating Public Violence: The National Socialist Underground and the (Re-) Negotiation of Germanness.

Leila Mukhida
Transnational Co-production in Post-reunification German Language Cinema.

Marlene Schrijnders
From London to Leipzig and back: Goth scenes in the GDR between Endzeit and Revolution.

David J. Zell
Major cultural commemorations and the construction of cultural & political identity in the GDR, 1959-1983.

Associate / affiliated staff

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

Adelheid Heuwieser (German Studies)
DAAD-Lektorin in the Department of Modern Languages

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'. Graham 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.

Affiliated PhD researchers

Jess Wood 
A Critical Analysis of the Presentation of the Relationship between Nietzsche’s Idea of the Dionysian and Artistic Creation in the Works of Thomas Mann and Gabriele D’Annunzio.

Rosie Young
A Comparative Study of Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg and T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

Emily Oliver 
Effects of commercialism on East German theatre production of Shakespeare following reunification in 1990

James Green
Nietzsche and Schopenhauer’s Reception of the Sturm und Drang

Helen Hunter
The Son as Adam and Christ: Literary Uses of Biblical Imagery in Hartmann von Aue’s Gregorius, Kafka’s Die Verwandlung and Thomas Mann’s Der Erwählte

Visiting fellows

Professor Beverley Crawford - University of California Berkeley

Professor Eric Langenbacher - Georgetown University

Professor Marc Silbermann - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Phil Triadafilopoulos - University of Toronto

Honorary fellows

Mr Piotr Buras

Dr Heiko Fritz

Professor Lothar Funk

Professor Simon Green

Professor John Grenville

Dr Patricia Hogwood

Dr Daniel Hough

Professor Charlie Jeffery

Professor Michael Kaser

Dr Charles Lees

Professor Thomas Poguntke

Professor Peter Pulzer

Professor The Lord Roper

Dr Carolyn Rowe

Dr James Sloam

Professor The Lord Watson

Professor Ruediger Wink

Dr Marcin Zaborowski