Mary Fulbrook

Mary Jean Alexandra Wilson

(1951-11-28) 28 November 1951 (age 72)
AwardsFellow of the Royal Historical Society
Wolfson History Prize
Academic background
EducationSidcot School
King Edward VI High School for Girls
Alma materNewnham College, Cambridge
Harvard University
Academic work
Sub-disciplineHistory of Germany

Mary Jean Alexandra Fulbrook, FRHistS, FBA (née Wilson; born 28 November 1951) is a British academic and historian. Since 1995, she has been Professor of German History at University College London.[1] She is a noted researcher in a wide range of fields, including religion and society in early modern Europe, the German dictatorships of the twentieth century, Europe after the Holocaust, and historiography and social theory.[2]

Early life

Fulbrook was born Mary Jean Alexandra Wilson on 28 November 1951 to Arthur Wilson and Harriett C. Wilson (née Friedeberg). She was educated at Sidcot School, a private day and boarding school in Somerset, and at King Edward VI High School, an all-girls independent school in Birmingham. She went on to study at Newnham College, Cambridge. In 1973, she graduated with a double first class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; this was converted to Master of Arts (MA Cantab) in 1977. She then moved to the United States where she undertook post-graduate study at Harvard University. She completed her Master of Arts (AM) degree in 1975 and her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1979.[1]

Academic career

Fulbrook began her academic career as a temporary lecturer at the London School of Economics for the 1977/1978 academic year and at Brunel University for 1978/1979.[3] She was then held the Lady Margaret Research Fellowship at New Hall, Cambridge from 1979 to 1982, and was a research associate at King's College London from 1982 to 1983.[3][4]

On 1 October 1983, Fulbrook joined University College London (UCL) as a lecturer.[5] She was promoted to Reader in German History in 1991, and made Professor of German History in 1995.[3] She was head of UCL's Department of German from 1995 to 2006,[4] and was Executive Dean of its Faculty of Social and History Sciences from 2013 to 2018.[5]

Fulbrook was the first female Chair of the German History Society; and, together with Richard J. Evans, was a founding Editor of its journal, German History.[6][7]

Personal life

In 1973, the then Mary Wilson married Julian Fulbrook. Together they have one daughter and two sons.[3]


In 2007, Fulbrook was elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[2] She is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).[8] For her monograph, Reckonings, Fulbrook won the 2019 Wolfson History Prize[9] and one of the two "Recognition of Excellence" Cundill Prizes awarded in 2019.[10]



  1. ^ a b "FULBROOK, Prof. Mary Jean Alexandra". Who's Who 2015. A & C Black. October 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "FULBROOK, Professor Mary". British Academy Fellows. British Academy. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Fulbrook, Prof. Mary Jean Alexandra. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2018. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U44842. ISBN 978-0-19-954088-4. Retrieved 25 June 2019. ((cite book)): |website= ignored (help)
  4. ^ a b "Professor Mary Fulbrook". The British Academy. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Prof Mary Fulbrook". School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS). University College London. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  6. ^ UCL: Mary Fulbrook (Accessed July 2013)
  7. ^ Evans, Richard J. and Mary Fulbrook (1984) Editorial, German History Volume 1 Issue 1.
  8. ^ "Fellows - F" (PDF). The Royal Historical Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Mary Fulbrook wins Wolfson History Prize 2019 for revelatory Holocaust study 'Reckonings'". 11 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  10. ^ "2019 Cundill History Prize". Faculty of Arts - McGill University. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2022.
  11. ^ Alberge, Dalya (2012) Historian uncovers her family link to secret Nazi's role in the Holocaust: The guilty tale of the German civil servant who married her godmother is revealed in a new book by historian Mary Fulbrook, The Observer, Sunday 16 September.
  12. ^ Fulbrook, Mary (11 October 2018). Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198811237.