is an Affiliated Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish 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
Helen's review essay, 'Books worth (re)reading', featuring important works on childhood by George Eisen, Nicholas Stargardt, Heidi Rosenbaum, Bastian Fleermann and Benedikt Mauer, has recently been published in a special issue of the International Journal of Play, entitled Histories of Play, edited by Kate Darian-Smith and Simon Sleight.
Helen's article, (Sport, Physical Education and Premilitary Training at the Nationalpolitische Erziehungsanstalten), has just been published in the 2016 issue of the German journal Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus, entitled Sport und Nationalsozialismus (Sport and National Socialism), edited by Frank Becker and Ralf Schäfer. Read more...