Professor Matt Fitzpatrick


College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (396)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Fitzpatrick specialises in international history, in particular German and European history, as well as the history of European imperialism, German liberalism and nationalism. He is also interested in the comparative history of empires, and intellectual history. He is a current holder of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and his most recent monographs are The Kaiser and the Colonies: Monarchy in the Age of Empire and Purging the Empire: Mass Expulsions in Germany, 1871-1914.

PhD (UNSW), MA (Syd), BA (Syd), Dip.ed.(Newc)
Honours, awards and grants

2022-2026 - ARC Future Fellowship: 'Strategic Friendship'

2018-2020 - ARC Discovery Grant: 'Monarchy, Democracy and Empire'

2017 - DAAD Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme Grant

2016 - Erasmus Plus International Mobility Grant

2014 - Chester Penn Higby Prize

2014 - Alexander von Humboldt Visiting Fellow Westphalian Wilhelms-University, Münster

2014 - Australian Academy of Humanities Ernst and Rosemarie Keller Fellow

2011 - Border Crossings Mobility Grant (Jagiellonian University / Utrecht University)

2010/11 - Alexander von Humboldt Fellow Westphalian Wilhelms-University, Münster

2010 - Australian Academy of Humanities Ernst Keller Fellow

2004 - DAAD Postgraduate Research Fellow.

Key responsibilities

President - History Council of South Australia

Series Editor, Bloomsbury Modern German History

Secretary, Australasian Association of European History

Editorial Board Member, Central European History

International Advisory Board Member, Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific.

Teaching interests

Modern European (particularly German) history, nineteenth century colonialism, royal history, history of violence, war and genocide, comparative imperialism, European liberalism, historiography. 

Topic coordinator
HIST7004 Germany's Histories, 1848-1945
HIST7006 Making History: Current Directions in Historiography
HIST3003 Romantics and Revolutionaries: European Culture and History, 1789-1918.
HIST1801 Europe from Napoleon to World War One.
HIST2030 The Great Powers and the Origins of the Modern Middle East
HIST2009 Nazi Germany: Its Origins and Nature
Supervisory interests
European history
History, genocide and ethnic cleansing
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: European history (3)
Associate supervisor: Imperial history (3)
Expert for media contact
History - European
History - German
European History
European politics (Germany)
German History
Middle Eastern History
Royal history
comparative imperialism
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Europe
  • Globalisation
  • History - European
  • History - German
  • War
  • European History
  • European politics (Germany)
  • German History
  • Middle Eastern History
  • Royal history
  • comparative imperialism
Further information

Twitter: @kilderbenhauser

Current blog: The Kaiser and the Colonies