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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



I graduated from Stanford University with a BA in History in 2015 and gained my MPhil in Modern European History from Cambridge the following year. During my studies, I have developed a particular interest in the types of experiences that rendered ordinary Germans susceptible to National Socialism. While my MPhil thesis focused on how long-standing experience of völkisch-nationalist activism opened the doors to Nazism in the Bavarian region of Middle Franconia, one of the NSDAP's earliest bastions, I examined popular enthusiasm for Nazism in the Danish-German borderland in my undergraduate honors thesis. It is this question of how the experience of living along interwar Germany's various contested borders informed borderland Germans' marked turn to National Socialism in the early 1930s to which I will return for my PhD. 

Other academic interests

I am interested in various historical fields besides 20th-century German history and subjects, such as Holocaust studies, closely connected thereto. My work at Stanford's MLK Institute, for instance, has left me with a penchant for African-American history and I have published an op-ed relating to LGBT history. Beyond history, I am interested in manuscript studies as well as physics, in which I obtained an undergraduate minor. 


Key publications: 

"Imperial Berlin's Police Can Teach SFPD A Thing or Two about LGBT Tolerance", Bay Area Reporter, July 9, 2015.

Department: History
Supervisor: Chris Clark
College: Trinity Hall
AHRC Subject Area: History
Title of Thesis (provisional): The Rise of National Socialism in the German Borderlands, 1930-1933
 Luisa  Hulsrøj