Alexander Maxwell

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Senior Lecturer School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Germany, East-Central Europe, Russia, Nationalism, history of sexuality

Office hours

If the door is open, or by appointment.


  • BAS: University of California, Davis
  • MA: Central European University, Budapest
  • Ph.D: University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Director, Antipodean East European Study Group

This scholarly society examines the peoples and cultures of Central and Eastern Europe.

Research areas

  • the Habsburg and its successor states, particularly Slovakia and Hungary
  • national awakening in the Habsburg, Romanov, Hohenzollern, and Ottoman Empires
  • everyday life in Europe, 1750–1950
  • linguistic nationalism and the history of linguistic ideologies
  • the history of everyday life, particularly consumption and sexuality
  • the social history of clothing
  • history teaching pedagogy.

Research supervision

I am very interested in supervising theses related to nationalism, ethnicity, social history of language, gender history, or the history of everyday life. I am best qualified to assist students working in European history, but am willing to supervise topics in other geographic areas.



Edited volumes

Articles / book chapters

Pedagogical articles

Conferences organised

  • 2019 The Politics of Classifying Linguistic Varieties.
  • 2018 Boundaries of European National Literatures (with Richard Millington)
  • 2018 Balkan Urban Experiences.
  • 2017 Music, Culture, and Society in Central Europe.
  • 2017 Understanding ISIS/ISIL.
  • 2016 Nationalism as Classification.
  • 2016 Historical Practices of Civic Nationalism (with Jasper Trautsch).
  • 2016 Evolving Institutions in Ukraine (with Ruth Fischer-Smith).
  • 2015 Revolution and Repression in the Arab World
  • 2015 International Norms and East European Nations (with Wenwen Shen)
  • 2014 Ukraine: Historic Legacies
  • 2013 The Czechs and their Neighbours
  • 2012 Psychoactive Substances in European History and Culture, (with Richard Millington)
  • 2012 National Councils and Great Powers
  • 2012 Nationalism and Religion in Iran
  • 2011 Germanness Beyond Germany
  • 2011 Sexualities and Science in Eastern Europe, (with Henrietta Mondry)
  • 2010 National Bodies in Eastern Europe, (with Henrietta Mondry)
  • 2010 The ‘East-West’ Discourse: Symbolic Geography and its Consequences
  • 2008 Hungarians and Their Neighbors: Conflict and Nationality, (with Sacha Davis)
  • 2008 Polish Culture, Polish Experiences
  • 2007 Failed National Languages: National Languages through Historians’ Eyes


Post-graduate theses

  • Sarah Bracey, “Pragmatism and Reconciliation: Czech-German Political Relations, 1989–1997” MA Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2017.
  • Geoffrey Brown, “The Czechoslovak Orient” Ph.D. thesis, Victoria University of Wellington 2016.
  • Matthew Vink, “Self-Determination along the Austrian Frontier, 1918–1920: Case Studies of German Bohemia, Vorarlberg, and Carinthia.” MA thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2013.

Honours theses

  • Elizabeth Gibbons, “Hans Habe and the Creation of the Neue Zeitung,” (Honours 2016).
  • Tarryn Ryan, “The Widows of Kreisau,” (Honours 2016).
  • Thomas Augustowicz, “The Bohemian Estates, the Winter King, and the Emperor,” (Honours 2016).
  • Sarah Bracey, “Operational Disobedience in the Wehrmacht: Guderian, Rommel, and Auftragstaktik.” (Honours 2015).
  • Tim Smith, 'Kurdish Nationalism and Kurdish Oppression.' (Honours 2014)
  • Alexander Campbell, 'Poland Denied: the Political and Personal Failures of Alexander I at the Congress of Vienna, 1814-15.' (Honours 2012)
  • Rowan Johnson,'"Sorcery" in the South Seas: Folk Belief, Ecology and Conflict in Early Contact New Zealand'. (Honours 2012)
  • Zachary Kendall, 'Post-Trianon Hungary: The Politics of Democratic Denial'. (Honours 2011)
  • Matthew Vink, 'Changing Political Loyalties of German-Austrians in the Aftermath of the First World War'. (Honours 2011)
  • James Patterson, 'Konrad Henlein: Avid Nazi or Reconciled Czechoslovak? A Historiographic Analysis'. (Honours 2009)
  • Elizabeth Major, 'Milošević and the not so "Silent Majority": An Analysis of the Protagonists of the Serbian October 5th Revolution'. (Honours 2008).


Teaching in 2020