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I hold an MA (I. Staatsexamen) in History, German and Pedagogics from Freiburg University and a PhD from Durham University. Research and teaching interests include migration studies, German and global history, and First World War studies. My monograph on German diasporic nationalism during the nineteenth century was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. A co-authored monograph with Oxford University Press (2020) is entitled ‘Enemies in the Empire. Civilian Internment in the British Empire during the First World War’. Related public engagement activities were funded by an AHRC impact grant. I am also investigator on the DAAD-funded project 'Promoting German Pop Music Studies in the UK'. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a visiting Research Associate at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and an executive committee member of the Association for German Studies (AGS).

Teaching Activity

  • LG3120 Global Germany
  • LQ2001 The World Beyond Europe
  • LU3001 Representations of Minorities
  • LG2026 German Politics and Society


  • I. Staatsexamen, Freiburg University: History, German, Pedagogics 
  • PhD Durham, German Department
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Contact Details

Room: MB767
Phone:  0121 204 3771
Email: S.Manz@aston.ac.uk 
Fax: 0121 204 3788
Consultation hours:
Tuesday 11.00-13.00;
Wednesday 11.00-13.00

External positions

Research Associate

1 Dec 2019 → …

Executive Committee

1 Jun 20175 Dec 2020

Peer Review College

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2020


31 Jan 2010 → …


1 Jan 2004 → …

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Research Output

Internment during the First World War: A Mass Global Phenomenon

Manz, S. (ed.), Panayi, P. (ed.) & Stibbe, M. (ed.), 18 Sep 2018, 1st ed. Routledge. 298 p. (Routledge Studies in First World War History)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Zuwanderung und die Transformation urbaner Klangwelten. Deutsche Musiker in Edinburgh und Glasgow 1840–1914

    Translated title of the contribution: Immigration and the Transformation of Urban Soundscapes. German Musicians in Edinburgh and Glasgow 1840-1914Manz, S., 1 Jun 2017, In : Informationen zur Modernen Stadtgeschichte. 1, p. 48-64

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Constructing a German diaspora: The “greater German empire”, 1871-1914

    Manz, S., 1 Jul 2014, New York (US): Routledge. 360 p. (Routledge studies in modern European history)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook


    Lähnemann, H., Williams, S. M. & Manz, S., 21 Jul 2020, In : German Life and Letters. 73, 3, p. 490-517 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Colonialism and Diaspora in Imperial Germany

    Manz, S., 21 Jul 2020, The Discourse of British and German Colonialism: Convergence and Competition. Rash, F. & Horan, G. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


    Research Fellow University of Pretoria, South Africa

    Manz, Stefan (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2014

    Manz, Stefan (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)