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Professor Kay Schiller

Professor (Modern European History)

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Professor (Modern European History) in the Department of History +44 (0) 191 33 46586


Kay Schiller is a historian of 20th-century Germany. He has published articles and books on German cultural and sports history, including on the history of football, on modern German-Jewish history and on the history of the Federal Republic and the GDR.

He has co-edited volumes on German sport history and the history of the FIFA World Cup, co-authored a monograph on the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, the award-winning The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany, and written a monograph on the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany. His most recent book (2022) is a biography of the 1920s Jewish-German sprinter, antifascist activist, emigre to Britain and post-war journalist and writer Alex Natan (1906-1971).

In 2010-11 he was a Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin and during 2012-13 DAAD Visiting Professor in Contemporary History at Technical University Dresden. In 2018-19 he led the Durham IAS sponsored project 'Masculinities in Martial Sports: West, East and Global South' ( In 2018-19 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich and Honorary Fellow at Historisches Kolleg Munich. In 2019-20 he was a Research Fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

He currently is Editor-in-Chief of Sport in History and a member of the editorial boards of Stadion. International Journal of the History of Sport and Sport und Gesellschaft - Sport and Society.

He is also a keen runner, an England Athletics qualified running coach and FA qualified football referee.

Doctoral Supervision

Kay Schiller welcomes inquiries from potential postgraduate students in modern German history and modern European sport history.

Research interests

  • Sports history, especially the history of football
  • Post-1945 Germany
  • Modern German cultural and intellectual history
  • German-Jewish history


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