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Dr Victoria Harris

Dr Victoria Harris

Research Fellow

King's College
Cambridge CB2 1ST


I completed my undergraduate honours degree in modern European history at Brown University and my MPhil and PhD degrees at Selwyn College, Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Richard J Evans. Having spent a year as a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, I am currently a Research Fellow at King's College.

Research Interests

My area of research is modern German history, especially its social and cultural history from the 19th century onwards. I am particularly interested in the concepts of deviance and marginality, as well as the relationship between gender and class. Currently I am writing a book on the social history of intoxication in modern Germany. Other current research includes a DAAD-funded collaborative project called Germany and the World in the Age of Globalisation convened together with the Universities of Konstanz, Freiburg and Berlin; and an interdisciplinary collaborative project entitled 'Intoxication of the Senses', based in CRASSH.


Papers 17 and 18 of Part I of the History Tripos.

Key Publications

  • Intemperate Reich: A Social History of Intoxication in Germany, 1871-1990 (forthcoming)
  • (Editor) Letters to Hitler (Polity Press: 2012)
  • Selling Sex in the Reich: Prostitutes in German Society, 1914-1945 (Oxford University Press: 2010)


  • ‘In the absence of Empire: feminism, abolitionism and social work in Hamburg c. 1900-1933’, Women’s History Review, Vol. 17 No. 2 (Apr. 2008)
  • ‘The Role of the Concentration Camps in the Nazi Repression of Prostitutes, 1933- 1939’, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 45 No. 3 (Jul. 2010)
  • ‘Sex on the Margins: New Directions in the Historiography of Sexuality and Gender’, Historical Journal, Vol. 53, No. 4 (Dec. 2010)
  • ‘Rereading Versailles: Human Rights, and the Protection of Marginalised Peoples’, contributor to and editor of a special issue of the  Journal of Contemporary History (forthcoming)
  • Virtual Roundtable on Dagmar Herzog’s Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth Century History, Contemporary European History (forthcoming)
  • Editor, ‘Migration, Mobility and Movement in Germany’s Age of Globalisation. A Special Issue’, Journal of Contemporary History (forthcoming)


  • R. Beachy, The Soul of Commerce, Economic History Review, Vol. 60 No. 1 (Feb. 2007)
  • W. Bramke and S. Reisinger, Leipzig in der Revolution von 1918/1919, Urban History, Vol. 38 (2011)
  • C. L. Dollard, The Surplus Woman, Journal of Modern History, Vol. 83, No. 3 (September 2011)
  • J. Roos, Weimar Through the Lens of Gender, German History (forthcoming: 2011)
  • P. Fritzsche, The Turbulent World of Franz Göll, European History Quarterly (forthcoming 2012)
  • K Sutton, The Masculine Woman in Weimar Germany; E.N. Jensen, Body by Weimar: Athletes, Gender, and German Modernity, American Historical Review (forthcoming: 2012)