Prof Matthew Jefferies

Professor of German History

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I studied at the Universities of Sussex (B.A.) and Oxford (D. Phil), and have also spent time at the Universities of Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin-Humboldt and Warwick. While at Manchester I have also been a visiting lecturer at the Northern Institute of Technology Hamburg-Harburg and spent a semester at the Art Institute of Chicago. I have been a Fellow of the FVS Foundation (Hamburg) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Bonn). I am a member of the German History Society and the German Studies Association. Until recently I was Assistant Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students in the Faculty of Humanities.

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At undergraduate level I have been responsible for the introduction and development of a wide range of course units in German History. These course units, which aim to provide students with a sound grounding in the major themes and events that have shaped modern Germany, while at the same time reflecting my personal research interests in cultural and social history, have added a new dimension to German Studies teaching. They have often been the subject of favourable comment in unit surveys.

Completed PhD Students include:

  • Helen Vahramian, Imperial Germany and the Ottoman Armenians.
  • Sven de Roode, The Perception of Europe and the European Union in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in Comparative Perspective (co-supervisor with Stefan Berger)
  • Leif Jerram, Buildings, spaces, politics: Munich city council and the management of modernity, 1900-30 (co-supervisor with Stuart Jones)
  • Stuart Cunningham, The Impact of German Unification on the Sorbs (main supervisor)
  • David Charlston, An Analysis of Potential Ambiguities in Three Translations of Hegel's Phenomenology (co-supervisor with Maeve Olohan)
  • Iryna Clark, The Conceptualisation of Civil Society in Belarusian Media Discourse (co-supervisor with Steve Hutchings)

Areas of expertise

  • DD Germany - Architecture, Art, Culture, Politics, Photography

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