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Professor Kay Schiller

Professor (Modern European History)

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Professor (Modern European History) in the Department of History +44 (0) 191 33 46586


Kay Schiller is a cultural historian of 20th-century Germany. He has published on modern German-Jewish history and written on the history of the Federal Republic and the GDR. More recently, he has published mainly on the history of sport. He has co-edited a volume on German sport history and and another on the history of the FIFA World Cup, co-authored an award-winning monograph on the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and published a monograph on the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany. The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany won both the North American Society for Sport History Book Award and the Aberdare History Prize from the British Society of Sports History for best sports history book published in 2010.

In 2010-11 he was a Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin and during 2012-13 DAAD Visiting Professor in Contemporary History at Technical University Dresden. In 2018-19 he was the PI for the Durham IAS sponsored project 'Masculinities in Martial Sports: West, East and Global South' ( During the summer of 2018-19 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich and Honorary Fellow at Historisches Kolleg Munich. He is Editor-in-Chief of Sport in History and a member of the editorial boards of Stadion. International Journal of the History of Sport and Sport und Gesellschaft - Sport and Society (from 2020).

During 2019-20 he will be mainly working on the politics and history of German athletics and sport from the 1920s to the 70s, supported by a research grant by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Düsseldorf, as well as with the Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow Dr Souvik Naha (EU project 844096 - SPORTDIPL)

He is also a keen runner and FA qualified football referee.

Doctoral Supervision

Kay Schiller welcomes inquiries from potential postgraduate students in modern German history and modern European sport history.

Research interests

  • Sports history, especially the history of football
  • Post-1945 Germany
  • Modern German cultural and intellectual history
  • German-Jewish history

Research groups

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Modern History: Europe: Modern Germany since 1945 (Federal Republic and GDR); Sports History (esp. Politics of the modern Olympic Games)


Authored book

  • Schiller, Kay (2014). WM 1974: Als der Fußball modern wurde. Rotbuch Verlag.
  • Schiller, Kay & Christopher Young (2012). München 1972. Olympische Spiele im Zeichen des modernen Deutschland. Wallstein Verlag.
  • Schiller, Kay & Christopher Young (2010). The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • (2000). Gelehrte Gegenwelten. Über humanistische Leitbilder im 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag.

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Schiller, Kay & Stefan Rinke (2014). The FIFA World Cup 1930 - 2010: Politics, Commerce, Spectacle and Identities. Wallstein Verlag.
  • Schiller, Kay & Young, Christopher (2009). Sport in German History. German History Society.
  • Gerald Hartung & Schiller, Kay (2006). Weltoffener Humanismus. Philosophie, Geschichte und Literaturwissenschaft in der deutsch-jüdischen Emigration. Bielefeld: transcript.

Journal Article

Supervision students