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Volker joined Aston as a Lecturer in Modern History in 2018. Before this, he was Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Melbourne (2015–17) and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Tübingen (2013–15). He obtained his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 2013.

Research Interests

Volker’s main fields of interest include the history of nationalism and borders in Europe, ethnic violence, and humanitarian politics in the twentieth century. His first monograph, 'The Politics of Self-determination: Remaking Territories and National Identities in Europe, 1917-1923', was published with Oxford University Press in 2016.

Currently, Volker is working on a project on Foreign Intervention in the Cold War, which focuses on two case studies: the Congo Crisis in the early 1960s and the Indo-Pakistani conflict in 1947-48 and again in 1971. The project seeks to explore the conflicted rise of transnational politics before the ‘boom’ of foreign interventions since the 1990s.

Teaching Activity

  • LQ1006 Contemporary Britain: From the Boer War to Brexit
  • LQ2009 Humanitarian Action and Foreign Intervention, from 1915 - Today

Administrative Roles

History Programme Director


  • PhD in History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence (2013)
  • MA in Modern History, Sociology, and German literature, Humboldt-University and Free University, Berlin (2009)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of BISA (The British International Studies Association)
  • Member of the New Diplomatic History Network (

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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