UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Dr Udo Grashoff

DAAD Francis L. Carsten Lecturer in Modern German History

My work mostly covers 20th-century Germany. I specialise in the history of the two German dictatorships. Due to my experience of the German Democratic Republic – with an atmosphere characterised by anxiety, forbiddances, rumours, mindfulness and reading between the lines – I'm particularly interested in taboo subjects.
Often I carry out pioneering research. I deal with suicide in the GDR, informal housing (Schwarzwohnen), and 'betrayal' within the Communist Party of Germany.
I examine resistance, opposition, political violence and individual agency in borderline situations. Instead of a simplifying contrasting juxtaposition of rulers and subjects, I’m interested in grey areas, negotiations, interactions and hybrid forms.


PhD, Universitat Leipzig, History, 2006
MA, University Leipzig, History, German Literature and Comparative Literature, 1999
BSc, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Biochemistry, 1992

 Courses Taught

SEHI6011 - History of Modern Germany
SEHI2010 - Dictatorship as Experience
SEHI1004 - Frontiers of History
SEHI0005 -  History of Eastern Europe since 1856
SEESGH07 -  Historical Methods and Approaches
SEESGE18 -  All quiet on the Eastern Front

Researcher Profile

Dr Udo Grashoff