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|Thesis||Bolton Priory, 1286–1325 (1969)|
|Sub-discipline||20th-century German social history|
|School or tradition||Alltagsgeschichte|
|Main interests||Nazi Germany|
|Notable ideas||"Working Towards the Führer" theory|
He was the leading disciple of the German historian Martin Broszat, and until his retirement, he was a professor at the University of Sheffield. Kershaw has called Broszat an "inspirational mentor" who did much to shape his understanding of Nazi Germany. Kershaw served as historical adviser on numerous BBC documentaries, notably The Nazis: A Warning from History and War of the Century. He taught a module titled "Germans against Hitler".