Professor Cornelie Usborne, BA (Open), PhD (Open)

The social and cultural history of Weimar Germany

Professor Emerita at Roehampton University and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research.


Cornelie Usborne co-convenes  the Women’s History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal German History as well as one of the judges of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History. She specializes in the social and cultural history of modern Germany: women’s history and the social history of medicine, especially the history of sexuality, reproduction, and population policy. She is presently researching a major project on ‘Imagined pleasure, ambivalent practice. A cultural history of women’s sexuality in Weimar and Nazi Germany’.

Selected publications

  • Co-editor(with Beat Kümin), Special Forum on `At home and in the workplace: domestic and occupational space in Western Europe since the middle ages’, History & Theory (2013).
  • Cultures of Abortion in Weimar Germany (Berghahn, paperback edition, 2011).
  • `Social Body, Racial Body, Woman’s Body. Discourses, Policies, Practices from Wilhelmine to Nazi Germany, 1912-1945’,  Historical Social Research, special issue on `Fertility’ (2011)
  • Co-editor (with Charlotte Behr and Sabine Wieber), special issue on ‘Picturing the past’, Cultural and Social History (2010).
  • Co-editor (with Willem de Blécourt), Cultural Approaches to the History of Medicine (Palgrave, 2004)
  • Co-editor (with Margaret L. Arnot) Gender & Crime in Modern Europe (UCL Press, 1999)
  • The Politics of the Body in Weimar Germany. Women reproductive rights and duties (Macmillan, 1992).