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Biography

Katja holds an MA in History from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

She is the author of the monograph Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871-1918 and writes for The Spectator, The Washington Post, UnHerd, Die Welt and other newspapers on current political affairs in Germany and Europe.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • East Germany 1945-1989
  • German national history
  • The Second Reich 1871-1918

Selected publications

Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871-1918 (2021)

Beyond the Wall: A New History of the German Democratic Republic 1949-1989 (2023)

Expertise and public engagement

  • Podcast Tommies & Jerries on Anglo-German relations with co-host Oliver Moody, The Times’ Berlin Correspondent
  • Contributing writer at The Spectator
  • Contributing writer at UnHerd
  • Articles for History Today, BBC History Extra, The Historian
  • Public speaking events at Chalke Valley History Festival, Dublin Festival of History, Historical Association’s Annual Conference
  • Political commentary on radio and TV news channels