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Sacha Davis studied in Sydney and Cluj-Napoca before receiving his doctorate from the University of New South Wales. He has previously taught at the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and Australian Catholic University, and been a visiting researcher at the University of Turku. He has lectured at the University of Newcastle since 2008. His primary research interest is German nationalism in Central/Eastern Europe, with a focus on the interwar period.

















  • PhD (History), University of New South Wales, 14/09/2007
  • Post Graduate Specialisation - History, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai - Cluj Napoca - Romania, 30/09/2002
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(History), University of New South Wales, 16/12/1994


Research keywords

  • Central European History
  • Fascism
  • German Diaspora
  • Interwar minority rights framework
  • Roma - child removal

Research expertise

My research focus is on Central European History from in the late nineteenth century to the Second World War. I have particular interests in German minorities in Eastern Europe, responses to declining corporate status and the dislocations of war, the interwar minorities protection system, and the spread of fascism. I am also currently researching the forced removal of Roma children in the Habsburg Empire under Maria Theresa and Joseph II.


  • Finnish
  • German

Fields of Research

210307European History (Excl. British, Classical Greek And Roman)100


Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Antipodean East European Study Group
  • Member - Arbeitskreis für Siebenbürgische Landeskunde e. V. Heidelberg (AKSL)
  • Member - Society for Romanian Studies


Teaching keywords

  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Fascism and National Socialism
  • Historiography
  • Modern European History
  • Russia and the Soviet Union


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Chapter (1 outputs)

2011Davis SE, 'East-West discourses in Transylvania: Transitional Erdély, German-Western Siebenbürgen or Latin-Western Ardeal?', The ¿East-West¿ Discourse: Symbolic Geography and its Consequences, Peter Lang, Oxford 127-154 (2011) [B1]

Journal article (3 outputs)

2013Davis SE, 'Hungarians in America: Contrasting Studies. Review of Várdy, Steven Béla; Várdy, Agnes Huszár, Hungarian Americans in the Current of History and Vida, Istva´n Korne´l, Hungarian Émigrés in the American Civil War: A History and Biographical Dictionary.', H-Net Reviews, online (2013) [C3]
2012Davis SE, 'Reflecting on the diaspora: The Transylvanian Saxon self-image and the Saxons abroad', Zeitschrift für Siebenbürgische Landeskunde, 35 150-170 (2012) [C1]
2009Davis SE, 'Maintaining a "German" home in Southeast Europe: Transylvanian Saxon nationalism and the metropolitan model of the family, 1918-1933', History of the Family, 14 386-401 (2009) [C1]

Review (2 outputs)

2004Davis SE, 'Review of Applegate, Celia; Potter, Pamela, eds., Music and German National Identity. H-German, H-Net Reviews. January, 2004. (2004)
2002Davis SE, 'Review of Dieckhoff, Alain and Gutiérrez, Natividad (eds.). Modern Roots: studies of national identity. (Ashgate Publishing, 2001.)', The Global Review of Ethnopolitics (2002)

Conference (2 outputs)

2010Davis SE, '"Our faithfully kept, age-old inheritance": Transylvanian Saxon folk customs, particularism and German nationalism between the Wars.', Europe¿s Expansions and Contractions: Proceedings of the XVIIth biennial conference of the Australasian Association of European Historians (Adelaide, July 2009), Adelaide (2010) [E3]
2004Davis SE, 'Transylvanian Saxon identity and the relationship with the Romanian nation-state, 1919-1933.', Europe¿s pasts and presents: proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for European History, Brisbane (2004)

Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Dr Sacha Davis

Work Phone(02) 4921 5217
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
McMullin Building,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308