School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Prof Mary Fulbrook

Prof Mary Fulbrook



  • Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


Mary Fulbrook is currently directing an AHRC-funded collaborative research project on ‘Reverberations of War in Germany and Europe since 1945’ and writing a book provisionally entitled Living with a Nazi Past. This book explores the continuing significance of experiences of Nazi persecution among perpetrators, victims, and members of subsequent generations.

Fulbrook’s most recent publications include the Fraenkel Prize winning A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust (OUP, 2012), as well as Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence through the German Dictatorships (OUP, 2011). 

She is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including the best-selling Concise History of Germany (CUP, 2nd edition 2002) and A History of Germany 1918-2014: The Divided Nation (Blackwell, 4th edition 2014). 

One of Fulbrook's major research areas has been the GDR, on which she wrote the pioneering Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR, 1949-89 (1995) as well as The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker (2005). Alongside broader works, such as the edited volume The Oxford Short History of Europe, 1945–2000 (2000), she has also explored wider interests in social and historical theory and the legacies of the past for a later present, as in her work on Historical Theory (2002) and in German National Identity after the Holocaust (1999).


Award year Qualification Institution
1979 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Harvard University
1975 MA
Master of Arts
Harvard University
1973 MA
Master of Arts
Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Cambridge

Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History, Director of the UCL European Institute and Dean of the Faculty of Social and History Sciences. She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, as an undergraduate, and at Harvard University, where she did her MA and PhD; she has also held a Harvard Center for European Studies Krupp Fellowship at the LSE, and a Lady Margaret Research Fellowship at New Hall, Cambridge. 

Among other professional commitments, Mary Fulbrook is currently a member of the Council of the British Academy, and has also served as Chair of the Modern History Section of the British Academy. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board (wissenschaftliches Kuratorium) of the Memorial Foundation for the former concentration camps of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora; and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung. She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of German Politics and Society, and of Zeithistorische Forschungen.  

She was the (first female) Chair of the German History Society, and was joint founding Editor of its journal, German History. She has previously served as a member of the Advisory Board (Beirat) of the German Historical Institute London.

Mary Fulbrook's contributions to UCL have included nearly a dozen years as Head of the German Department (January 1995 to September 2006) as well as a stint serving on UCL Council. She was Vice-Dean (Interdisciplinarity), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, for three years before becoming Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and History Sciences in 2013. 


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