Imperial College London

Professor Charmian Brinson

Central FacultyCentre for Languages, Culture and Communication

Emeritus Professor



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303Sherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






Charmian Brinson is Emeritus Professor of German. She holds a doctorate in German Exile Studies from King's College London. Her research interests focus in particular on German and Austrian Exile Studies, especially on the study of German and Austrian Exiles in Britain between 1933 and 1945. She has published extensively in this area and has given numerous lectures and conference papers on the subject in Britain and abroad. She is a founder member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute for Modern Languages Research (School of Advanced Study, University of London), and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies.

Research Interests

  • German and Austrian Exile Studies, in particular the study of political and cultural refugees from National Socialism in exile in Britain in the years 1933-1945.
  • Women in Exile


Current projects

  • MI5's surveillance of German and Austrian political refugees, 1933-50
  • Exile and Gender
  • Czech Refugee Trust Fund


MPhil and PhD supervision in German Exile Studies and Refugee Studies.



Brinson CE, 2014, "The creation of a free, independent and democratic Germany": The Free German movement in Britain, 1943-1945, Europe After Hitler- Exile Vision and Post-war Reality: Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Vol:15, Pages:1-22


Brinson CE, Dove R, 2014, A Matter of Intelligence: MI5 and the Surveillance of Anti-Nazi Refugees, 1933-1945, Manchester, Manchester University Press

Brinson, CEJ, Malet, et al., 2014, Warum schweigt die Welt? Die Entführung von Berthold Jacob, Peter Lang

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