Dr. Andrew S. Tompkins

I am a professional historian and currently wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Assistant Professor) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where I teach classes on social movements and queer history. I also teach a course on “Berlin’s Modern History” at NYU BerlinI am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands.

In the past, I have held positions as Research Fellow at the Universität Erfurt and the Uniwersytet Wrocławski as well as Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Sheffield. I have also been an associated member of the Viadrina Center B/orders in Motion, chercheur associé at the Centre Marc Bloch, and a post-doctoral researcher at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (funded by the German Universities’ Excellence Initiative). 

My first monograph, Better Active than Radioactive! Anti-Nuclear Protest in 1970s France and West Germany, was published with Oxford University Press in July 2016.  It is based on my doctoral research on transnational anti-nuclear protest at the University of Oxford.

More broadly, I am interested in the transnational social and environmental history of modern Europe. Some of my recent research has focused on borders within Europe, particularly Germany’s borders with Poland and France since 1945. In 2022, I completed a two-year project funded by the DAAD on Polish commuter labor in 1980s East Germany, entitled “Working the Border,” as part of my broader research into “Fluid Boundaries” in postwar Europe. Further information on my recent activities, including publications, presentations, and teaching, can be found using the menu at the top of the page.

Outside of the university, I also teach, research, write, edit, and translate on a freelance basis.