Thomas Jackson

I completed my undergraduate degree in French and History at the University of Sheffield in 2010. I then completed a Masters in International History in 2012. My MA dissertation examined the language of colonial officials during the approach the transfer of power in the Gold Coast/Ashanti.
My PhD thesis expands into French colonial history and investigates the Loi-Cadre of June 1956, albeit with similar themes and period of study. This law changed the relationship between France and the Overseas Territories through political, economic and social reform. I examine the discourse present in the law itself and documents from its creation and promulgation. My research is supervised by Dr Audrey Small, Dr Sophie Watt (both School of Languages and Cultures), and Dr Timothy Baycroft (Department of History). I am generously funded by the AHRC through a WRoCAH scholarship.
My main research interests are the histories of European Empires in the twentieth century. I have a wider interest in International history post-1945.


HST117 The Making of the Twentieth Century


WRoCAH Research Support Grant October 2015
WRoCAH Studentship 2014 – 2017

Professional activities

I am the Postgraduate Research Representative in the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC)


Discussant at the Re-imagining the Ends of Empire Study Day, University of Portsmouth, 2016
‘The challenge of the past and an uncertain future: using La Loi Cadre Defferre, 1956 to explore the colonial mind’, paper presented at the SLC Colloquium, 2015