Dr Victoria Harris


Birmingham Fellow

Department of History


My area of research is modern European history, especially the social and cultural history of Germany from the 19th century onwards. I am particularly interested in exploring the concepts of deviance and marginality, as well as the relationships between gender, class, and social status.


  • PhD University of Cambridge
  • MPhil University of Cambridge
  • BA Hons Magna cum Laude, Brown University 


I completed my undergraduate honours degree in modern European history at Brown University and my MPhil and PhD degrees at Selwyn College, Cambridge, under the supervision of Regius Professor Sir Richard J Evans. I spent a year as a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge from 2007-2008, and was then elected to a four year Research Fellowship at King's College, Cambridge from 2008-2012. I have held grants from the AHRC, British Academy, and DAAD. My first book, Selling Sex in the Reich, was awarded the Women’s History Network Book Prize 2011, and was a finalist for the Longman/History Today book prize.


Currently I am writing a book on the social history of intoxication in modern Germany. Other current research includes a DAAD-funded collaborative project called Germany and the World in the Age of Globalisation convened together with the Universities of Konstanz, Freiburg and Berlin; and an interdisciplinary collaborative project entitled 'Intoxication of the Senses: Pleasure Poison, and Perception in Europe, 1600 to the present’.



  • The Intemperate Reich: A Social History of Intoxication in Germany (OUP: 2013/14)
  • Letters to Hitler (Polity Press: 2011). English editor of the original German Briefe an Hitler (ed. Henrik Eberle)
  • Selling Sex in the Reich: Prostitutes in German Society, 1914-1945 (Oxford University Press: 2010)



  • ‘Beasts in Human Clothing: The Pimp Milieu, Moral Panics, and the German Underworld’, part of a Festschrift for Professor Sir Richard Evans (2014)
  • ‘Migration, Mobility and Movement in Germany’s Age of Globalisation, Editor of a special journal issue’, Journal of Contemporary History (forthcoming)
  • Virtual Roundtable on Dagmar Herzog’s Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth Century History, Contemporary European History (forthcoming)
  • ‘Rereading Versailles: Human Rights, and the Protection of Marginalised Peoples’, contributor to and editor of a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary History (forthcoming)
  • ‘Sex on the Margins: New Directions in the Historiography of Sexuality and Gender’ Historical Journal, Vol. 53, No. 4 (Dec. 2010)
  • ‘The Role of the Concentration Camps in the Nazi Repression of Prostitutes, 1933- 1939’ Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 45 No. 3 (Jul. 2010)
  • ‘In the absence of Empire: feminism, abolitionism and social work in Hamburg c. 1900-1933’ Women’s History Review, Vol. 17 No. 2 (Apr. 2008)


Book Reviews

  • K Sutton, The Masculine Woman in Weimar Germany; E.N. Jensen, Body by Weimar: Athletes, Gender, and German Modernity, American Historical Review (forthcoming: 2012)
  • P.Fritzsche, The Turbulent World of Franz Göll, European History Quarterly (forthcoming 2012)
  • J. Roos, Weimar Through the Lens of Gender, German History (forthcoming: 2011)
  • C. L. Dollard, The Surplus Woman, Journalof Modern History (forthcoming: 2011)
  • W. Bramke and S. Reisinger, Leipzig in der Revolution von 1918/1919, Urban History, Vol. 38 (2011)
  • R. Beachy, The Soul of Commerce, Economic History Review, Vol. 60 No. 1 (Feb. 2007)

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