Professor Anthony McElligott, MRIA, FRHistS

Professor Anthony McElligott, MRIA, FRHistS
Retired Faculty
Professor Emeritus
Room: C1092


Research Interests:  Germany in the twentieth century, including urban politics, cultural history, Holocaust

I came to the University of Limerick as founding Professor of History in March 2002. Before coming to Ireland, I taught for many years at the University of St. Andrews, and also held  visiting professorships in the universities of Hamburg and Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2013 I had the honour of being invited to Taiwan as  Visiting Distinguished Scholar where I had the opportunity to meet equally distinguished Taiwanese scholars. I was also visiting professor at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies in the spring 2016, working with eminent scholars in the field of international studies. In June 2017 as visiting professor in the social sciences I had the opportunity to work with very talented colleagues and students at the CUAM, Mexico City. I will be visiting professor at the Humboldt University, Berlin during the academic session 2018-19, working on a new book project: a biography of Himmler’s chief statistician, Richard Korherr. With Alexandra Shepherd (Glasgow), I was founding editor of Cultural and Social History: The Journal of the Social History Society, launched in 2004, and I now sit on its editorial board.

My teaching and research interests are in the social, cultural and political history of Germany and Europe in the twentieth century.  I have authored many articles in various collections and scholarly journals over three decades, and have written several books, including Contested City: Municipal Politics and the Rise of Nazism in Altona, 1917-1937 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998), The German Urban Experience 1900-1945, Modernity and Crisis (London: Routledge, 2001, pbk. 2016), Useful Bodies, Humans in the Service of Medical Science in the Twentieth Century, editor with Jordan Goodman and Lara Marks, (Baltimore and London, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), and with Tim Kirk (eds.), 'Working Towards The Führer': Essays in Honour of Sir Ian Kershaw (Manchester University Press, 2003); editor, Weimar Germany (=Short Oxford History of Germany (Oxford University Press, 2008); editor with Jeffrey Herf, Antisemitism Before and Since the Holocaust: Altered Contexts and Recent Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan: New York & London, 2017).  My book Rethinking the Weimar Republic, Authority and Authoritarianism 1916-1936, was published in January 2014 by Bloomsbury Academic. I am now completing a monograph on the Holocaust in the Eastern Aegean, which will also be published by Bloomsbury. My future publishing projects include a study of murder in Munich during the 1930s, as well as the Korherr biography.