Volker Prott is a historian of modern European history and international history of the 19th and 20th centuries. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2013. Before joining the University of Melbourne, Volker was a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.
His primary fields of study are Franco-German history, the history of the First World War and the Interwar Period, as well as Cold War history. In particular, his work explores the historical dynamics of nationalism, ethnic violence, expertise, and political decision-making. Volker has a strong interest in comparative and transnational approaches as well as in the use of social science theories in history.
Currently, Volker is working on a new project that addresses foreign interventions during the Cold War. This project endeavours to examine two key instances of foreign intervention and local conflict in this period, the Congo Crisis in the 1960s and the Indo-Pakistani conflict between 1948 and 1972. The aim of the project is to situate these cases of ‘transnational policy-making’ in a larger framework of Cold War international politics that moves beyond clear-cut dichotomies of East-West confrontation on the one hand and interest versus value-based politics, on the other.