Mary Elisabeth Cox

Assistant Professor

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Mary Elisabeth Cox is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at CEU in Vienna, Austria. She is also an Associate Researcher in the Economic History group at the University of Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Oxford and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Prior to joining CEU in 2021, she served as a Botstiber Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies Budapest CEU, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, a William Golding Junior Research Fellow at Brasenose College Oxford, and a Fred and Ellen Lewis Fellow at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Jerusalem. In addition she was a Departmental Lecturer for three years at the University of Oxford, and is a permanent member of the Senior Common Room at Brasenose College, Oxford.


She is broadly interested in the impacts of war on civilian populations. Her book, Hunger in War & Peace: Women & Children in Germany, 1914-1924 (Oxford University Press, 2019) incorporates a unique combination of archival data to understand the impacts of war and relief interventions on vulnerable civilians. Her statistical analyses demonstrate that children in Germany suffered intense nutritional deprivation. German women, in particular, suffered disproportionately high caloric deficits compared to their families. Hunger in War & Peace also assesses the effectiveness of post-war international relief efforts in Germany by governmental and non-governmental organizations, based on careful analyses of qualitative sources.

She is now writing a book on the impact of World War I and international humanitarian aid on children in Vienna, based on anthropometric data collected for each city district.


Cox, M.E. ‘The Forgotten Christmas of 1918’ The New York Times. December 25, 2019.

Cox, M.E. Hunger in War and Peace: Women and Children in Germany, 1914-1924. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Cox, M.E. ‘L’indice Pelidisi (1920-1921). Une réévaluation contemporaine d’un indicateur nutritif oublié’ Les Fronts intérieurs européens : l'arrière en guerre (1914-1920), edited by Laurent Dornel and Stéphane Le Bras, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2018, pp. 179-96.

Cox, M.E. ‘The Application of Anthropometrics to Identify and Assess War Crimes.’ A MultiDisciplinary Introduction to War Crimes, Trials, & Investigators. St Antony’s Series. Edited by Jonathan Waterlow and Jacques Schuhmacher, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018, pp. 81-109.

Cox, M.E. ‘Hunger Games: Or how the Allied Blockade in World War I Deprived German Children of Nutrition, and Allied Food Aid Subsequently Saved them.’ Economic History Review, vol. 68 no. 2, 2015: 600-31.

Cox, M.E. ‘Indigenous informants or Samoan savants? German translations of Samoan texts in Die Samoa-Inseln.’ Pacific Studies, vol. 32, 2009: 23-47.


DPhil University of Oxford
MSc London School of Economics and Political Science