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.
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.
- 7AAOM006 European Politics, Strategy and Simulation Gaming
Expertise and public engagement
Clarkson, A., 20 Dec 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary International Political Economy. Mahrenbach, L. & Shaw, T. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 587-600 14 p. (Palgrave Handbooks in IPE ). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-45443-0_36
Clarkson, A., Mar 2017, Transnational Ukraine?: Networks and Ties that Influence(d) Contemporary Ukraine. Beichelt, T. & Worschech, S. (eds.). Stuttgart: Ibidem-verlag, Vol. 159. p. 115-136 21 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Clarkson, A., 2017, In : History Of Education. p. 256-272 17 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/0046760X.2016.1274055
Clarkson, A., 1 Sep 2015, New York: Berghahn Books. 246 p. (Monographs in German History; vol. 34) Research output: Book/Report - Book
Clarkson, A. P. H., 2 Mar 2015, In : History Workshop Online. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Clarkson, A., 2014, In : Francia. Forschungen zur westeuropÃ¤ischen Geschichte. 41, p. 445-457 12 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.11588/fr.2014.0.40761
Clarkson, A., Oct 2013, Dirty Cities: Exploring the Relationship between Globalization and Underground Dynamics in Different Urban Settings. Talani, S., Pacheco-Pardo, R., Clarkson, A. & Pozo-Martin, G. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Talani, S., Clarkson, A. & Pacheco Pardo, R., Oct 2013, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 224 p. (International Political Economy Series) Research output: Book/Report - Book
Clarkson, A., 1 Aug 2011, Between the Avant-garde and the Everyday: Subversive Politics in Europe from 1957 to the Present. Brown, T. & Anton, L. (eds.). New York: Berghahn Books, p. 132 - 144 312 p. (Protest, Culture and Society; vol. 6). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Clarkson, A., 2011, In : Social Justice. 38, 4, p. 49 - 68 19 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article