Dr David Motadel

Dr David Motadel

Associate Professor

Department of International History

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Key Expertise
Modern Europe, Europe’s Relations with the Wider World

About me

*on research leave 2019/20: winner of Philip Leverhulme Prize, 2018-20*

Research Interests

David Motadel is Associate Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He works on the history of modern Europe and Europe’s entanglements 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), rangingfrom North Africa and the Balkans to the Caucasus and the Crimea, andthe editor of a volume on Islam in the European empires (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Among his current projects is a comparative study of the European empires in the era of the Second World War, 1935-1948. It traces theinvolvement of the world’s colonized peoples in the conflict, examining the ways in which the war reconfigured Europe’s relations with the world.

His articles have been published in a number of journals, including Past and Present, the American Historical Review, the Historical Journal, the Journal of Contemporary History and the Journal of Global History. His work has been translated into ten languages.


David Motadel studied 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. His doctoral dissertation was awarded several prizes, including the Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal of the University of Cambridge for the best history dissertation of the year. He subsequently took up a Research Fellowship in History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (2010-15), and a Chancellor’s Fellowship in History at the University of Edinburgh (2015-16). He joined the LSE in 2016 as Assistant Professor of International History and was promoted to Associate Professor of International History in 2019. Dr Motadel has held visiting positions at Harvard (2007-8), Yale (2009-10), and Oxford (2011-12). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2018, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for History.

David Motadel regularly writes on history and current affairs for newspapers and magazines. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesThe Guardian, The Times Literary SupplementLiterary Review, and The London Review of Books, among others.


• Philip Leverhulme Prize, 2018-20
• 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

A dedicated teacher, David Motadel has also been awarded the LSE Excellence in Education Award (2018) and the LSE Promotions Teaching Prize (2019).

Expertise Details

Modern European History; History of Europe’s Relations with the Wider World; Global History

Teaching & supervision

Dr David Motadel usually teaches the following courses in the Department:

At undergraduate level:

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

HY322: Nazi Germany's War: Violence and Occupation in Europe, 1939-45

At postgraduate level:

HY471: European Empires and Global Conflict, 1935-1948 (not running in 2019/20)

Dr Motadel also supervises the following PhD students:

 Research student  Provisional thesis title
Katherine Arnold Between Europe and the World: German Naturalists, the Cape Colony, and the British Empire, 1795-1850
Yorai Linenberg The experience of British and American Jewish prisoners of war in German captivity in World War II




Journal articles


Book chapters (selection)



Islam and Nazi Germany’s War (2014) [Turkish edition: Alfa, 2015; German edition: Klett-Cotta, 2017; French edition: Editions La Découverte, 2019]

 MotadelIslamEuropeanEmpires Islam and the European Empires (2014) [edited] 

News & media

Journalism (Selection)