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Leonie Bausch

History, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Hierarchies of Gender, Nation, and Race: Sexual Encounters in the French Zone of Occupation in Post-War Germany, 1945-1955

My PhD analyses the impact of nationalist as well as racialised gender and sexual norms on perceptions and experiences of sexual encounters in the French Zone of Occupation in post-war Germany. I examine whether contemporaries perceived cross-national encounters primarily through the lens of national difference, or if the transgression of national boundaries was displaced by concerns around sexual morality, violence, and race. This research illuminates how intersectional hierarchies within nations shape international and cross-border relations, adding new perspectives on the study of nationalism, sexuality, and post-conflict societies.

Research Area

  • Economic and Social History
  • History


  • 'Between Citizen and Foreigner: Gendered Boundaries and Stakes of Belonging in the Borderland, Alsace 1918-1919', Citizenship, Migration and Social Rights - Historical Experiences from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century, 4-5 March 2021, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / re:work (online)
  • 'Nested Belonging and Gender: How to Claim Frenchness in 1918-1919 Alsace', Europäische Grenzregionen. Neue Wege im Umgang mit historischen Raum- und Grenzkonzeptionen in der Geschichtswissenschaft, 25-26 February 2021, Arbeitskreis Deutsch-Niederländische Geschichte / FID Benelux/Low Countries Studies / Universität zu Köln (online)
  • 'Contradicting Nationalities: Re-Thinking National Belonging in Post-WW1 Alsace', Adjusting the Focus: Scales, Spaces and Trajectories in European History, 14th Annual Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH), 25-29 May 2020, European University Institute (online)

Public Engagement & Impact

  • Co-organiser of the Contemporary History and Politics Seminar (CHaPS), University of Nottingham (2022-present)

Other Research Interests

  • Gender & nationalism
  • Sexual/ised violence
  • Post-conflict societies
  • Borderland identities


  • German History Society (2021-present)
  • Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes / German Academic Scholarship Foundation (2019-2020)


  • University of Nottingham, UK - PhD in History (2021-present)
  • Central European University, Hungary - Master of Arts in European Women's and Gender History (MATILDA) - Thesis: 'Alsatian by sentiment': Gendered negotiations of multi-layered national belonging in Alsace, 1918-1919 (2018-2020)
  • University of Cambridge, UK - Bachelor of Arts (Honours), History - Dissertation: Traditionalism and feminism in the writings of National Socialist women, c.1932-c.1937 (2015-2018)

Professional & Research Experience

  • European Commission, Belgium - Blue Book Trainee in the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture - Press & Briefings (March-July 2021)
  • German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Germany - Member of the "Digital History" Academy (2019-2021)
  • German Historical Institute London, UK - Research Intern (July-August 2019)

Awards & Scholarships

  • AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Studentship (2021-present)
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Central European University (2020)
  • Studentship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (2019-2020)
  • CEU Master's Excellence Stipend, Central European University (2018-2020)
  • Ivo Forde Prize in History, St Catharine's College / University of Cambridge (2018)
  • Lady Katharine Barnardiston Scholarship, St Catharine's College / University of Cambridge (2018)