Dr David Motadel

Dr David Motadel

Assistant Professor

Department of International History

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Research Interests

David Motadel is an Assistant Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He works on the history of modern Europe and Europe’s relations with the wider world.

He is the author of a book on the history of Muslims under German rule in the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2014), ranging from North Africa and the Balkans to the Caucasus and the Crimea, and the editor of a volume on Islam in the European empires (Oxford University Press, 2014). His articles have been published in a number of journals, including Past and Present, the Journal of Contemporary History, and the Historical Journal.


David Motadel studied history in Germany, Switzerland, and England. He completed his MPhil (2006) and PhD (2010) in History at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. He subsequently took up a Research Fellowship in History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (2010-15). Dr. Motadel has held visiting and research positions at Harvard (2007-8), Yale (2009-10), Oxford (2012-13), and Edinburgh (2015-16). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


  • Fraenkel Prize, 2014
  • Walter Laqueur Prize, 2014
  • Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal of the University of Cambridge, 2011
  • Doctoral Dissertation Prize of the British International History Group, 2011
  • Doctoral Dissertation Prize of the German Historical Institute London, 2011
  • Essay Prize of the German History Society and the Royal Historical Society, 2007

Other Titles: Coordinator of BA/BSc History Dissertations (HY300)



Modern Europe; Europe’s Relations with the Wider World

Teaching & Supervision

Dr David Motadel teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY113: From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century (taught jointly with other members of the Department)

HY116: International History since 1890 (taught jointly with other members of the Department)

HY300: Dissertation Workshop

HY322: Nazi Germany’s War: Violence and Occupation in Europe, 1939-1945

At Masters level:

HY471: European Empires and Global Conflict, 1935-1948




Journal Articles


Book Chapters (Selection)


News & Media

David Motadel regularly writes on history and current affairs for newspapers and magazines. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Literary Review, and The London Review of Books, among others. From 2005 to 2010, he acted as an advisor on international affairs for Der Spiegel.

Journalism, 2010-17 (Selection)

My research