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Marius Strubenhoff


I started my PhD (supervised by Professor Eugenio Biagini) after completing an MSc in Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in History at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

My academic interests concentrate on twentieth-century German history and political thought. 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 that govern democratic thought. In my PhD, I am examining 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’. 

I have a broader general interest in German political history since 1789, including the history of German historiography.

With the latter interest in mind, I am co-convening a DAAD-funded reading group and workshop series on ‘German Approaches to History’ with Charlotte Johann. Focusing on Leopold von Ranke, Wilhelm Dilthey, Friedrich Meinecke, Max Weber, Ernst Troeltsch, Werner Conze, Reinhart Koselleck, and the Bielefeld School and its Critics, the group compares two diverging approaches to the study of the past that have dominated the German historical profession: Historismus on the one hand, and social historical approaches on the other. 

For details about the workshops, see here.


I supervise and lecture for European History Since 1890 (Paper 18) and lecture for Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought (Paper 5). I have also previously taught the seminar option Postmodernism for Historical Argument and Practice (HAP) for third-year undergraduates.

Key Publications

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)