Prof Mary Fulbrook

Prof Mary Fulbrook

Professor of German History


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Oct 1983

Research summary

Mary Fulbrook's most recent books include: Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice (OUP 2018), which was winner of the 2019 Wolfson History Prize and received a Cundill Recognition of Excellence Award; and the Fraenkel Prize-winning A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust (OUP 2012), as well as as Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence through the German Dictatorships (OUP 2011, 2017). Previous books include path-breaking works on the GDR: Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR 1949-1989 (OUP, 1995) and The People's State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker (Yale UP, 2005); as well as works on German National Identity after the Holocaust (Polity, 1999) and Historical Theory (Routledge, 2002). She has also written general histories of Germany and edited many books on German and European history. She is currently directing an AHRC-sponsored research project on complicity and perpetration under Nazism. Previous AHRC grants have focussed on reverberations of war in Europe since 1945, and on society in the GDR. She has also been awarded Leverhulme Major Research Leave, and British Academy leave and research grants. 

Teaching summary

Mary Fulbrook currently supervises a number of PhD students on topics on modern German and European history. Her teaching has ranged from introductory courses on German history from medieval times to the present, through to more specialised source-led teaching on the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and MA courses on 'Theoretical Issues in History and Literature', and 'The Making of Modern Europe'. 


Harvard University
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1979
Harvard University
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1975
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Arts/Bachelor of Arts | 1973


Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History. 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. Mary Fulbrook's contributions to UCL include serving as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and History Sciences (2013-18); Vice-Dean (Interdisciplinarity), Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2010-2013); and nearly a dozen years as Head of the German Department (January 1995 to September 2006). She has also served on UCL Council, and was Director of the UCL European Institute. 

Among wider professional commitments, Mary Fulbrook is a member of the Academic Advisory Board (wissenschaftliches Kuratorium) of the Memorial Foundation for the former concentration camps of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora. She has has served on the Council of the British Academy, and as Chair of its Modern History Section. She was a member of the Advisory Board (Beirat) of the German Historical Institute London; 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.