is an Affiliated Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge, and Director of Studies in History at St Edmund's College. Her second book, a history of the Napolas, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
Her first book, Sparta's German Children: The ideal of ancient Sparta in the Royal Prussian Cadet Corps, 1818-1920, and in National Socialist elite schools (the Napolas), 1933-1945, was published in 2013, and has subsequently received critical acclaim from reviewers in several disciplines, including Classics, intellectual history, and the history of education. Her article 'Surviving Stunde Null' was also recently awarded German History journal's "Best Article of 2015" prize. From 2012-2015, Helen held a Research Fellowship at Lucy Cavendish College, having previously completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Gonville & Caius College. Her research has been funded by (among others) the AHRC, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.
- humanistic education in Nazi Germany
- history and memory in post-war Germany
- youth exchange during the 20th century; Anglo-German relations
- Greco-German relations and philhellenism from the 18th century to the present
- Austrian history in the inter-war period; comparative study of 20th-century fascist regimes
On 9 June 2017, Helen presented a paper at a workshop entitled 'Politicizing the Social and the Cultural in the Histories of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany', organised by Christian Goeschel (University of Manchester) and Hannah Malone (University of Cambridge).
On 25 March 2017, Helen spoke at a conference which took place at the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, entitled "Protagonists of Political Mythology: How do Individuals and Collectives become History?"
Helen's article 'Wanderer, kommst du nach Sparta oder nach Stalingrad? Spartan ideals of self-sacrifice and German military propaganda' has now been published in a volume entitled Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures (Opfer bringen: Opfervorstellungen in europäischen und amerikanischen Kulturen), edited by Nicholas Brooks and Gregor Thuswaldner.