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

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.

Research Summary

Mary Fulbrook is currently directing an AHRC-funded collaborative research project on 'Compromised Identities? Reflections on perpetration and complicity under Nazism' (2018-2021). The project aims to transform our understanding of the character and personal legacies of perpetration and complicity. It analyses entanglement in collective violence under Nazism, and later reflections on such experiences. Previous AHRC-funded projects include: 'Reverberations of War: Communities of Experience and Identification in Germany and Europe since 1945' (2010-2015); and 'The "Normalisation of Rule"? State and Society in the GDR, 1961-1979' (2002-2006). Fulbrook has also held a Leverhulme three-year Major Research Fellowship (2006-09), as well as other smaller research grants.
Fulbrook’s most recent publications include: Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice (OUP, 2018); 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). Earlier books include Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR, 1949-89 (1995) and The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker (2005).
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'. 

Academic Background
1979 PhD Doctor of Philosophy Harvard University
1975 MA Master of Arts Harvard University
1973 MA/BA Master of Arts/Bachelor of Arts – Social and Political Sciences University of Cambridge
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