Assistant Vice Principal (Dean of Learning and Teaching), Principal's Office and School of History


Frank grew up in what was then West-Berlin, with a year in Bristol thrown in for good measure. Having graduated from the Free University of Berlin with a degree in History and English in 1996, he gained his DPhil as a Rhodes Scholar from the University of Oxford in 2000.

Frank was a Junior Research Fellow in History at University College Oxford before joining the School of History at St Andrews as a lecturer in 2002. A Senior Lecturer since 2005, Frank was promoted to a Professorship in Modern History in 2012. He mainly works on the politics and political culture of 19th and 20th-century Europe, with special interests in the history of monarchy, nationalism, liberalism and biography.

Selected publications

Britain and the German Question. Perceptions of Nationalism and Political Reform, 1830-1863 (Palgrave, 2002)

Our Fritz. Emperor Frederick III and the Political Culture of Imperial Germany (Harvard UP, 2011)

Royal Heirs in Imperial Germany. The Future of Monarchy in 19th-Century Bavaria, Saxony and Württemberg (Palgrave, 2017)

Die Thronfolger. Macht und die Zukunft der Monachie im 19. Jahrhundert (Siedler, 2019)