Marius StrubenhoffDr Marius Strubenhoff

BA (Hons), MSc

Teaching Associate in Modern European History

Twentieth-century intellectual history; modern German history; history of democratic and constitutional thought; history of antisemitism; history of minorities; history of the social sciences

2019/20 Semester One Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 and Thursdays 16:00-17:00



I joined the University of Sheffield in September 2019 after finishing a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge, having studied Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and History at the University of Cambridge.


Research/Current Research

My academic interests concentrate on twentieth-century German history and political thought in transnational perspective. Thematically, I am closely concerned with ideas about the preconditions of democracy and social scientific assumptions about the nature of modern societies and political conflict. In my PhD, I examined this in the case of Ralf Dahrendorf (1929-2009), a German-British sociologist and politician. I am particularly fascinated by the social sciences of the post-war period until the 1960s, as well as the methodological reactions against them during the 1970s and 1980s, broadly circling around the phenomenon known as the ‘cultural turn’.

My new research project studies the history of antisemitic and antijudaic ideas in the German social sciences from Werner Sombart and Max Weber to the Nazi era, and examines the re-deployment of concepts and prejudices stemming from this context by American social scientists in debates about race relations in the United States between the late 1920s and the 1960s.

Research Supervision

I am happy to supervise undergraduate and MA students working on twentieth-century German history, as well as twentieth-century European and American intellectual history.



Harshan Kumarasingham and Marius Strubenhoff, ‘Liberty and the Rule of Law’, in Gary Gerstle and Eugenio Biagini (eds.), A Cultural History of Democracy in the Modern Age (London: Bloomsbury, 2020) (forthcoming)

Marius Strubenhoff, ‘The Positivism Dispute in German Sociology, 1954-1970’, History of European Ideas 44 (2018)

Marius Strubenhoff, ‘Materialist Method, Agonistic Liberalism: Revisiting Ralf Dahrendorf’s Political Thought’, History of Political Thought 39 (2018)



HST386/387: The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry

HST117: The Making of the Twentieth Century

HST6603: Modernity and Power: Individuals and the State in the Modern World

HST202: Historians and History

HST3000: The Uses of History

HST681: Work Placement

Public Engagement

Public Engagement

Marius Strubenhoff, “Germany and Democracy in Poland”, In the Long Run, Aug’19.

Marius Strubenhoff, “Brexit: The View from Germany”, E-International Relations, May’17.

In The Media

To follow.

Administrative Duties

Current Administrative Duties

To follow.