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Dr Alex Clarkson

Dr Alex Clarkson

Alex ClarksonLecturer in German and European & International Studies

Tel + 44 (0)20 7848 2127
Address Department of German
King's College London 
Room 4.23 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE



Born in Canada, after completing his schooling in Hanover, Germany, Alexander Clarkson studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating in 2000, he went on to complete his doctorate at the University of Oxford in September 2006. He also taught for a year as a Lecturer in Modern History at New College, Oxford, before joining the German Department at King’s College in the summer of 2007.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • German politics
  • Contemporary history
  • Migration studies

The main focus of Alexander Clarkson’s research has been the relationship between immigrant communities and German political movements after 1945. He has also conducted research on the different ways in which war comics have shaped wider notions of ‘heroic’ military masculinity after 1945. His current project will examine the impact the emergence of immigrant and German sub-cultures, such as the Punk movement, Islamic religious networks or environmental groups, have had on political discourse on both the local and the national level in Germany after 1945.

Alexander welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests. 

For more details, please see his full research profile.


Alexander Clarkson’s teaching covers the history of Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as European integration. His modules partly focus on how social and cultural change in local communities affected political developments on the national level. Other key issues that are explored in his courses include the impact of mass immigration, the relationship between different forms of popular culture and ideological conflict and the continuing political debate over German national identity.

His modules for the Department of European & International Studies will help students to examine the increasing involvement of the European Union in issues involving citizenship, immigration and home affairs.

Undergraduate modules
4AAGA107 Milestones of German History
4AAGA114 Texts and Contexts
5AAGB503 Politics and Popular Culture in Germany after 1870
6AAGB608 Politics and Everyday Life in Twentieth Century Germany
5AAOB203 Germany since 1945: Politics, Society, Economics
6AAOB314 Contemporary German Politics

Postgraduate modules
7AAOM006 European Politics, Strategy and Simulation Gaming

Expertise and public engagement



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