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Dr Mary-Ann Middelkoop MA MSc PhD

Teaching Associate

Research interests include German art and culture in the twentieth century, art and cultural policy in the Weimar Republic, the Bauhaus, and the history of looted art and artefacts in the Third Reich and its aftermath.


Mary-Ann recently completed her PhD ‘Art and Foreign Cultural Policy in Weimar Germany, 1917-1933’ in History at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. In 2015 she was a visiting PhD Fellow at the University of Konstanz, Germany, teaching the MA course ‘Art and Politics in Europe in the Twentieth Century’. She has previously worked as a researcher at the Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE), London, and contributed to the development of the ‘Looted Art 1939-1961’ database for the National Archives in Kew Gardens. Prior to becoming a Teaching Associate in the Department of History of Art in Cambridge, she was a Junior Research Fellow in Modern European History at Wolfson College, Cambridge, working on the project ‘A Thing of Fragile Beauty: Porcelain, War and Plunder in the Third Reich, 1939-1949’.

Research Interests

Mary-Ann’s research interests include German art and culture in the twentieth century. She takes a particular interest in the arts and foreign cultural policy in the Weimar Republic, the Bauhaus, and the history of museums and exhibitions in Western Europe since 1914. She also works on Nazi-era looted art and artefacts, especially porcelain, and has a continuing interest in the study of Raubkunst and restitution in comparative perspective.


Mary-Ann convenes the Part IIA course ‘Approaches to the History of Art and Architecture’ and manages the Lent term of the Part IIB course ‘The Display of Art’.

Key Publications

  • Bianca Gaudenzi, Astrid Swenson and Mary-Ann Middelkoop (guest eds.), ‘The Restitution of Looted Art in the Twentieth Century: Transnational and Global Perspectives’, Special Issue of the Journal of Contemporary History Vol. 52, No. 3 (July, 2017).
  • Christina von Hodenberg (ed.), Forum with contributions by Geoff Eley, Neil Gregor, Mary-Ann Middelkoop, Maiken Umbach, ‘Is There a British Approach to German History?’, Journal of Modern European History Vol. 14, No. 3 (2016), pp. 297-313.
  • Mary-Ann Middelkoop, ‘A Wilsonian Moment? Dutch Nationalism and Belgian Territorial Claims in the Aftermath of World War I’, Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies, Vol. 34, No. 3 (November, 2010), pp. 195-214.