My research is concerned with problems of accommodation and criticism in Nazi Germany, but also with language and 'Begriffsgeschichte' (conceptual history). My dissertation seeks to retrace historical distinctions between National Socialism and what Germans took to be ‘apolitical.’ In particular, I am interested in cases of democrats and critics who engaged positively with National Socialism in ways that went far beyond narratives of opportunism or conformism, and which seem contradictory and ambivalent from a present-day perspective.
My D.Phil was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).
Dissertation Title: Mistaking Nazism – Conflict, Consensus, and the Illusion of the ‘Apolitical’ in Germany, 1919-1945
Supervisors: Nicholas Stargardt and Kevin O'Rourke