Professor Christina von Hodenberg

Professor of European History

Location Arts Two 2.04


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8375

I joined Queen Mary in 2006. I took my MA degree at the University of Munich and a PhD in social history from Bielefeld University. I then taught as an Assistant Professor at the University of Freiburg and as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. I have held fellowships at the Université de Montréal, Harvard University and Potsdam’s Centre for Contemporary History.


I have written widely on the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany. My first book was a collective biography of Prussian judges from 1815 to the revolution of 1848-49. I then moved to the history of working-class protest with my study of Germany’s best-known workers’ uprising, the 1844 revolt of Silesian weavers. In 2006, I published the first overview study of political journalism in West Germany between 1945 and 1973. This prize-winning study explores how mass journalism helped overcome authoritarian traditions of German political culture. My fourth book, a comparative study on the impact of German, British and American television on the Sixties cultural revolution, came out in 2015 with Berghahn Books.

  • political culture in 19th and 20th century Germany
  • the history of journalism, mass media, television
  • value change, sexuality, family, gender and youth
  • popular protest and revolutions
  • the history of ageing and elderly people in 20th century Germany

Current PhD Students

  • Anna MotyczkaJews and Catholics in Communist Poland, 1944-1968
  • Lisa RenkenLeitsungsgesellschaft (meritocracy) in the Third Reich and the Federal Republic of Germany

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • 19th and 20th century German social and cultural history
  • transnational links between Germany, the UK and the US
  • legal history and the role of lawyers
  • generations in 20th century Germany
  • the history of concepts (Begriffsgeschichte)
  • coming to terms with the Nazi past



Membership of professional associations or societies 

Editorial Positions

Appearances in the media

I have appeared in German, British and Australian radio and television, including BBC 2 ‘Newsnight’, BBC World Service ‘Newshour’, WDR ‘Zeitzeichen’ and ABC ‘Rear Vision’