Bernhard's book Press and Politics in Weimar Germany (Oxford, 2009) explores press influence on voters and the interaction between press and political decision-makers through a study of the Berlin press in the Weimar Republic.

His second book, Max Pechstein. The Rise and Fall of German Expressionism (Berlin/New York, 2012) is a joint project with his wife Aya Soika, and the first scholarly biography of one of the most significant pioneers of German Expresssionism. By tracing how Pechstein became one of the most prominent artists of his generation, the book asks for the conditions of artistic success, and how and why these changed over time. His current research project engages with the emergence, diffusion and impact of opinion polling, as a transnational phenomenon. Finally, he is very interested in the issue of current media representations of history, and in the use of historical references in contemporary political debates. He is the founder and one of the convenors of the ‘Public and Popular History Seminar’ at Cambridge, which brings together film makers, journalists, museum curators, and other non-academic practitioners of history to explore the practices and characteristics of public history in the contemporary world.

He did his undergraduate degree at Jesus College, Oxford, where he took his BA in Modern History in 1998, winning the University’s Gibbs Prize for best performance in Final Honours. He then went to Cambridge to do an M.Phil. in Historical Studies, and completed his PhD in 2002. Until 2007, he held a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Since October 2007, he has been College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History at Sidney Sussex College.

Publications, Links, and Resources


Press and Politics in the Weimar Republic (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009)

Max Pechstein. The Rise and Fall of German Expressionism (New York, De Gruyter, 2012) (with Aya Soika)

Articles and chapters in edited volumes

- 'Lloyd George and the Weimar Republic', in:Manfred Goertemaker (ed.), Britain and Germany in the Twentieth Century (Oxford, Berg Publishers, 2005), 31-52.
- 'Industries of sensationalism: German tabloids in the interwar period', in: Corey Ross / Karl-Christian Fuehrer (eds.), Mass Media, Culture and Society in Twentieth-Century Germany (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2006), 183-203.
- 'Die Politik der "Unpolitischen": Die Boulevard- und Massenpresse in den zwanziger und dreissiger Jahren', in: Frank Boesch / Norbert Frei (eds.), Medialisierung und Demokratie im 20. Jahrhundert (Goettingen, Wallstein, 2006), 32-5.
- 'Die vielen Gesichter des Hans Schweitzer. Politische Karikaturen als historische Quelle', in: Gerhard Paul (ed.), Visual History. Die Historiker und die Bilder. Ein Studienbuch (Goettingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006), 206-224.
- ‘ “Nationalversammlung”. Plakatwerbung für die Republik’, in: Gerhard Paul (ed.), Bilderatlas des 20. und beginnenden 21. Jahrhunderts (Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009), 226-35.
- ‘Medialisierung der Politik: Adolf Hitler als Medienphänomen’, in: Christoph Classen / Klaus Arnold / Hans-Ulrich Wagner / Susanne Kinnebrock / Edgar Lersch (eds.) Von der Politisierung der Medien zur Medialisierung des Politischen? Zum Verhältnis von Medien und Politik im 20. Jahrhundert (Leipzig, Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2010), 141-59.
- ‘Max Pechstein 1881-1955. Lebensdaten’ , in: Peter Thurmann, Aya Soika, Andrea Madesta (eds), Max Pechstein. Ein Expressionist aus Leidenschaft - Retrospektive (Munich, Hirmer, 2010), 276-333.
-‘The Market Place of Political Opinions: Public Opinion Polling and its its Publics in Transnational Perspective, 1930-1950’, in: Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 21 (2011) 4, 13-28.