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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

Research Area

  • Economic and Social History
  • History


  • 'Neither Citizen Nor Foreigner: Gendered Negotiations and Hierarchies of Belonging in Alsace, 1918-1919', Citizenship, Migration and Social Rights. Historical Experiences from the 1870s to the 1970s. Ed. Beate Althammer (London: Routledge, 2023)


  • 'Dating Across the Divide: Sex, Alcohol, and Jealousy in French-Occupied Germany after the Second World War', History Research Seminar, 13 December 2023, University of Nottingham

  • '"We don’t have much on this topic, I’m afraid": Finding Sexuality under Occupation in the Archives', 17th Annual Graduate Conference in European History (GRACEH): Voices Heard and Unheard: Authority, Truth, and Silence in Historical Perspective, 18 April 2023, Central European University, Vienna
  • 'Post-Archive Blues: Reframing Archive Findings as an Enemies-to-Lovers Story', Work-in-Progress Seminar, 8 February 2023, University of Nottingham
  • '"I am Playing Theatre, Out of Fear, Out of Self Defence": Perceptions  and Experiences of Sexual Relationships in the French Zone of Occupation in Germany', Besetzter Alltag/Vivre avec l'ennemi, 20 January 2023, EHESS Paris

  • 'Let's Talk About Sex: Narratives of Rape, Barter, and Romance in Allied-Occupied Germany', Contemporary History and Politics Seminar (CHaPS), 14 October 2022, University of Nottingham (hybrid)

  • '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 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, 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), 26 May 2020, European University Institute (online)

Public Engagement & Impact

  • Co-convenor of the Contemporary History and Politics Seminar (CHaPS), University of Nottingham (2022-present)
  • Co-convenor of the History PG Work-in-Progress Seminar, University of Nottingham (2023-present)

Other Research Interests

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


  • Arbeitskreis Historische Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung (2022-present)
  • German History Society (2021-present)
  • University and College Union (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 Experience

  • University of Manchester, UK - Teaching Assistant (September 2023-present)
  • University of Nottingham, UK - Teaching Affiliate (January-February 2023)
  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany - Invited Researcher at the DFG Graduate School 2571 Empires (January 2023)
  • 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

  • German History Society Small Grant (2022, 2023)
  • 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)