Franziska Heimburger

Franziska Heimburger

Senior Lecturer in British History

Sorbonne Université


I am an historian of warfare and languages who completed a PhD at the EHESS Paris under the joint supervision of Christophe Prochasson (EHESS Paris) and John Horne (Trinity College Dublin) on languages in Allied coalition warfare during the First World War. Since September 2015 I have been working at the English department of Sorbonne Université, Faculté des Lettres, as part of the HDEA research group.

I like to call myself a French historian with British and German nationalities. After secondary school in Germany and a B.A. in England I have lived and worked in Paris on and off since 2005, first spending three years at the École Normale Supérieure while gaining a Masters in history at the EHESS (obtained in 2007), and then working on my PhD.

I currently teach British History and IT Skills to students working towards English degrees at Sorbonne Université. In the past, I have taught German and Anglo-American Historiography seminars, methodology courses, as well as quantitative history and IT skills to budding historians in various settings. See the blog I run jointly with Emilien Ruiz: La boîte à outils des historiens.

  • History of War
  • Languages & History
  • Digital History
  • PhD in History, 2014

    EHESS Paris

  • Diplôme de l'Ecole, 2008

    Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

  • Masters in Social Sciences (specialising in History), 2007

    EHESS Paris

  • B.A.(hons) in Modern History and Modern Languages (French), 2005

    Oxford University


Senior Lecturer in British History/Maîtresse de conférences en civilisation britannique
Faculté des Lettres, Sorbonne Université
Sep 2015 – Present Paris

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching classes at undergraduate and graduate level
  • Academic research
  • Administrative responsabilities at department and inter-departmental level
Post-doctoral researcher
Jun 2014 – Aug 2015 Paris
Project researching the First World War history of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.
Temporary Fellow (ATER)
Oct 2011 – Sep 2013 Paris
Teaching methodology and historiography seminars at graduate level while completing PhD.
Funded PhD researcher with teaching duties (Allocataire de recherche avec monitorat)
Oct 2008 – Sep 2011 Paris
Teaching methodology and historiography seminars at graduate level while working on PhD.
Ecole Normale Supérieure
Boursière de la Sélection Internationale
Ecole Normale Supérieure
Sep 2005 – Aug 2008 Paris
Three-year scholarship including accommodation on the Paris campus.


Coalition Warfare - Crimea to Corea
My main research focus is currently on military coalitions and international interventions from the mid-19th-century onwards
Coalition Warfare - Crimea to Corea
History and Language
On a methodological level I work on ways of using language and language change as historical evidence.
History and Language
Digital History
I have a long-standing interest in the impact of digital tools and methods on historians and in particularly their training.
Digital History
The First World War and its Legacy
I continue to be involved in a number of collective research projects around the First World War.
The First World War and its Legacy