Dr Matthew Frank


I was brought up in London where I also studied for my undergraduate degree in history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (now part of UCL). After graduating, I taught English in Moscow and then at a secondary school in Dresden, Germany. I gained both my master’s (2000) and doctorate (2005) in Modern History from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. I was appointed to a lectureship in International History at Leeds in 2008. I am currently one of the co-editors of the journal Contemporary European History

I would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students who wish to work on topics that broadly coincide with my research interests, especially on refugees and displacement in twentieth-century Europe.


  • Director of BA International History and Politics

Research interests

20th Century European History, esp. Central and Eastern Europe

Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War

Politics of forced migration: ethnic cleansing and population transfers

Refugees and humanitarian aid

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Research groups and institutes

  • Politics, Diplomacy, and International History