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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr. Darren M. O'Byrne

Dr Darren O'Byrne
Research Associate and Affiliated Lecturer
German & Dutch
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
01223 763 059

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Darren graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Politics, and a Master’s degree in the History of International Relations. He received his PhD from Cambridge University and has held visiting fellowships at Berlin’s Humboldt University, Berlin’s Technical University, and the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich.

Teaching interests: 

German History

Modern European History

Research interests: 

Government and Administration in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Politics and Ideology

Regime Change

German Occupation Policy in World War 2

Genocide and Mass Violence 

Recent research projects: 

Darren is currently working on his first book project, a study of administrative practice in Weimar and Nazi Germany, and on smaller projects exploring civil servants’ responses to regime change in 1918/19 and 1933, and German occupation policies in wartime Belarus.  

Published works: 

‘Perpetrators? Political civil servants in the Third Reich’, in Perpetrators and Perpetration of Mass Violence: Action, Motivations and Dynamics, eds. Timothy Williams and Susanne Buckley-Zistel (London and New York, 2018).