Dr David Motadel

Dr David Motadel

Assistant Professor

Department of International History

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About me

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

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 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), and a Chancellor’s Fellowship in History at the University of Edinburgh (2015-16). 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 2017, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for History.


• Philip Leverhulme Prize, 2017
• 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 MSc Dissertations (HY498/9)


Expertise Details

Modern Europe; Europe’s Relations with the Wider World

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, 1939-1945

At postgraduate level:

HY471: European Empires and Global Conflict, 1935-1948 (not running in 2018-19)

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]

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

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, 2010-18 (Selection)