Paul is Professor of Modern European History at St Anthony’s College, Oxford. His books include Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic (OUP, 2010), which was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design (University of California Press, 2004).
His research centres on Modern European Cultural History in general and 20th Century German History in particular. He is especially interested in the relationship between culture and politics over the course of the century, and have worked on the themes of material culture, cultural diplomacy, photography, memory and nostalgia, human rights and international justice, death and changing notions of private life.
His new book, Ruin and Renewal: Civilizing Europe After World War II, was published in 2021 by Profile Books.