Research by Period

Our Research expertise extends chronologically from ancient history to contemporary history.

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Pre 1500

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Dr Mark Finney

Pre 1500

Mark's research interests include the afterlife, early Christianity in its Greco-Roman environment, Judaism, Islam, religion and art, religion, conflict and violence, politics and the modern Middle East. He also looks at the social-scientific approaches to interpreting ancient religious texts.

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Professor Julia Hillner

Pre 1500

Julia's research focuses on late Roman and early medieval social history (c.300-700). She has a particular interest in the transformations of the family and the household in this period and how these are reflected in legal sources. Her research ranges from the urban context of the family, particularly in the late antique city of Rome, where she has investigated private settlement, property transmission and patronage and issues of authority, hierarchy and discipline within the household.

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Dr Daniele Miano

Pre 1500

Daniele has worked and published extensively on ancient gods and goddesses. He is particularly interested in developing a conceptual approach to ancient divinities, partially based on the methods of conceptual history. Daniele received funding from the Irish Research Council (2014-2016) to explore the symbiotic categories of myth and history in the historiography of early Rome.

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Chris Mowat

Dr Chris Mowat

Pre 1500

Chris’ research focuses on the topics of religion and gender in the Roman Republic, and particularly the intersection between the two. They are also interested in the construction of gender and sexuality in the ancient world more broadly, and how it relates to modern categories of identification.

Chris is not available to supervise PhD students.

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Professor Martial Staub

Pre 1500

Martial's research interests range from the history of the Church in the Middle Ages and the Reformation to the history of urban societies in late medieval and Renaissance Germany and Italy. He has worked beyond medieval and early modern history, on intellectual history, exile and - more recently - migrations. Building on this, he is currently embarking on a history of the global citizen from c.1200 to c.1600.

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Dr Casey Strine

Pre 1500

Casey's main research focuses on how the experience of involuntary migration influences the development of ethnic, national, and religious identity. For instance, consider this summary of the main characters in the book of Genesis: Abraham migrates to Canaan, where environmental factors (famine, Gen 12) force him to migrate to Egypt; Isaac, born to Abraham in his old age, assimilates into the local culture to the extent that he will not leave it even when an environmental disaster strikes (again famine, Gen 26) even though he must drift around to survive; Jacob grows up in Canaan, but spends his early adulthood seeking asylum in Mesopotamia to avoid the aggression of his brother Esau, where he remains a refugee for 20 years; Joseph, one of Jacob's sons, becomes a victim of human trafficking, sold into slavery in Egypt.

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Dr Danica Summerlin

Pre 1500

Danica's research centres on the history of Europe in the central middle ages, around 1000 to 1300. Her particular focus is the development and use of law at the time, and particularly ecclesiastical, or canon, law. That interest expands to both the social and institutional aspects of religious and legal history, and she is currently starting a new project looking at the relationship between law and government in the period, in both the Church and amongst secular rulers. She is happy to supervise students with interests in the central Middle Ages, but particularly those interested in the legal, religious, and political history of Europe.

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Dr Charles West

Pre 1500

Charles works on earlier medieval European history (from around 700 to 1200). He has a particular research interest in the Carolingian Empire, but has also published on history from below, church reform and medieval global history. His major current project concerns the transmission of the idea of clerical immunity from Late Antiquity to the central Middle Ages, exploring the implications for our ideas of the secular.

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Professor Mike Braddick


Mike has published widely on aspects of state formation and forms of political resistance in early modern England, as well as on the first stages of British imperial expansion. His most recent book is God's Fury, England's Fire: a new history of the English civil wars. His current research is on partisanship in early modern popular culture, political engagement and its relationship to democracy, and the role of gesture in creating identities and expressing dissent. He is working on a book about John Lilburne, the seventeenth-century English radical.

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Dr Kate Davison


Kate’s research focuses on early modern British social and cultural history, with a particular focus on the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. She has a particular interest in humour and laughter in this period, and how they played a part in social practices and political processes. Through this she has engaged with broader historiographical debates around the ‘civilising process’ and the rise of politeness, as well as the development of a ‘public sphere’ of sociability and political participation. She also has an interest in approaches and methods associated with social network analysis in historical contexts.

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Dr Tom Leng


Tom's research interests lie in seventeenth-century British history, with a particular interest in commercial policies, discourses and practice. In 2008 he published a biography of Benjamin Worsley (1618-1677), an individual most famous for having claimed to have drafted the Navigation Act of 1651, but whose diverse interests also included experimental science, alchemy and spiritual introspection. His current research focuses on social and commercial relations within early modern merchant communities, particularly the Merchant Adventurers.

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Erin Maglaque

Dr Erin Maglaque


Erin’s interests focus on early modern European cultural and social history. Her research focuses on early modern Italy and its transnational connections across the Mediterranean world. She has a particular interest in questions of identity, including gender and ethnicity, across the plural early modern Mediterranean. Her work has investigated the political culture of the Venetian empire, gender and humanism, imperial subjecthood, and increasingly, race and religious belonging. She is happy to supervise students interested in any aspect of early modern European history, in particular those with interests in Italy or the Mediterranean world, empire, political culture, or gender.

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Professor Anthony Milton


Anthony's main area of research lies in the religious, political and intellectual history of England 1560-1700, although he has active research interests in Dutch and modern Indonesian history. He has worked extensively on political thought, religion, and the public sphere in Stuart England, and he is particularly interested in English contacts with continental Europe. He is currently completing England's Second Reformation: the Battle for the Church of England 1636-1666 and is editing volume 1 of the Oxford History of Anglicanism c.1525-1662.

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Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock


Caroline's research focuses on Aztec and Spanish American history and the Atlantic world, with a particular interest in issues of gender, human sacrifice and cultural exchange. She has just started a major new research project on Aztecs Abroad, following indigenous Central and South Americans who travelled to Europe and beyond in the sixteenth century.

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James Shaw

Dr James Shaw


James' research examines the relationship of legal structures (laws, practices, institutions) to the daily practices of economic life, with a special focus on early modern Italy. He has previously worked on petty crime and small claims litigation in Venice, and on retailing in the medical sector in Florence. His current project 'Debt in Venice' is a microhistory of economic practice in the seventeenth century. Adopting anthropological and sociological approaches to the study of the economy, this project uses case studies from legal archives to explore how people experienced the credit market at the everyday level.

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Professor Robert Shoemaker


Bob's main research interests lie in the history of crime, justice and punishment, print culture, gender history, and the application of digital technologies to historical research. He co-directs the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, 1674-1913, London Lives, 1690-1800: Crime, Justice and Social Policy in the Metropolis, Locating London's Past and Connected Histories: British History Sources, 1500-1900. He is currently writing two books: a co-authored book (with Tim Hitchcock) on the role of plebeian Londoners in shaping the evolution of eighteenth-century social policy, and a book on the creation of public knowledge about crime in the eighteenth century.

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Professor Phil Withington


Phil works on various aspects of the social and cultural history of England, Ireland and the wider world between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Current interests include urbanization and urban culture; citizenship and popular politics; intoxicants and intoxication; the history of language and its uses; and the social history of the Renaissance. His most recent book is Society in Early Modern England.

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Post 1800

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Dr Emily Baughan

Post 1800

Emily's research places the history of modern Britain within wider international and imperial contexts. She focuses particularly on the history of aid, development, and internationalism in the twentieth century and on connections between international humanitarianism and the British welfare state. Emily is also interested in the ways history can inform contemporary debates about aid and development.

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Adrian Bingham

Professor Adrian Bingham

Post 1800

Adrian's main research interests are in the social and cultural history of twentieth-century Britain. He has worked extensively on the national popular press in the decades after 1918, examining the ways in which newspapers both reflected and shaped attitudes to gender, sexuality and class. Beyond his work on the press, he is interested in popular attitudes to politics; cultural hierarchies, particularly the category of the 'middlebrow'; the circulation of knowledge about sex; and the social and cultural changes in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Dr Lucy Brown

Post 1800

Lucy’s research interests lie in the social and cultural changes occurring in Britain during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She is particularly interested in the spread of popular psychology during this period, ideas about emotional expression, emotional relationships and emotional health, and the development of a ‘confessional’ and ‘therapeutic’ culture in modern Britain. Her research has focused on marriage and personal relationships in the 1960s and 1970s. She has worked on topics including the private lives of The Beatles, feminism and the commune movement. Lucy also has interests in the history of the welfare state in Britain as well as the history of mental health.

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Dr Esme Cleall

Post 1800

Esme's research is on the politics of colonial difference and exclusion in the British Empire. She is particularly interested in the production of categories of otherness including those based around race, gender, religion and disability. Her monograph, Missionary Discourses of Difference: negotiating otherness in the British Empire, 1840-1900, explores the difference of gender and race through the writings of British missionaries stationed in nineteenth-century India and southern Africa. In particular, her focus is on the family and domesticity; sickness and medicine; and colonial violence; as key areas where anxieties around difference were particularly acute. Her new project extends this analysis by looking at disability and in particular deafness in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain and its empire. The project focuses on the relationship between disability and race as categories of difference and on how this was played out in colonial contexts.

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Miriam Dobson

Dr Miriam Dobson

Post 1800

Miriam works on the social and cultural history of post-war Russia. Her first book explored popular responses to the reforms of the Khrushchev era, in particular the massive exodus of prisoners from the Gulag. Her current project focuses on a specific group – evangelical Protestants – but continues to develop her earlier interest in how individuals and communities related to the Soviet project. She is also interested in the role of religion in the Cold War more broadly.

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Dr Julie Gottlieb

Post 1800

Julie's research interests lie in modern British political history, the history of extremism (with a focus on the Far Right and British Fascism), and the construction of gender identities and citizenship in the aftermath of suffrage. She has published widely on women, fascism, and anti-fascism in Britain. Her current research examines women's resistance to fascism and to war, and the gendering of appeasement debate and the Munich Crisis.

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Dr Andrew Heath

Post 1800

Andrew's research interests stand at the intersection of the political, urban and social history of the USA during the nineteenth-century. He is currently working on a book exploring how industrial transformation, sectional conflict, and imperial expansion over the civil war years shaped the way citizens imagined, built and used what was then the nation's second city. Philadelphia. His next project explores the reconstruction of political authority in post-Civil War America by looking at monarchist critics of republicanism.

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Dr Eirini Karamouzi

Post 1800

Eirini's main research interests lie in the history of European integration and the Cold War. Her monograph Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979. The Second Enlargement is current in the press. She is interested deeply in the contemporary history of the Balkans and in the democratization processes of the Southern European countries in the 1970s. Eirini is currently working on a number of projects, including the role of the Greek junta in the rise of the international human rights movement and in the constitutionalization of democracy within the EU.

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Rosie Knight

Dr R.J. Knight

Post 1800

Rosie’s research focuses on women, race, and slavery in the American south. She has particular interest in the relationships between enslaved women and female slaveholders, mothering, and the slaveholding household. Her research also explores the uses of intersectionality in the history of women and slavery. She is happy to supervise students interested in the history of enslaved people and their enslavers in the American South; ideologies of race and gender; and in particular, women, mothering, the family, children, and the household under slavery.

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Dr Siobhan Lambert-Hurley

Post 1800

Siobhan Lambert-Hurley is a cultural historian of modern South Asia with particular interests in women, gender and Islam.She has written on education, social and political organisations, Indian princely states, the culture of travel, missionaries and personal narratives.Her current project focuses on autobiographical writing by Muslim women in South Asia.

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Dr Tehyun Ma

Post 1800

Tehyun's main research interest is in the history of state-building in China and Taiwan, with a particular focus on how state-building and propaganda fostered legitimacy at home and abroad. In keeping with her interest in state formation, she has also written on the long history of imperial rule and colonial intervention in China between the eighteenth century and the Communist takeover in 1949.

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Dr Chris Millard

Post 1800

Chris is currently writing a history of illness deception in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Munchausen Syndromes and Modern Medicine. This book charts the chronic faking of illness (Munchausen syndrome), deliberately making one's children ill (Munchausen syndrome by proxy), and faking illness online (Munchausen by internet). These linked categories are related to diverse concerns in Britain, such as the expanding welfare state and National Health Service, the 'rediscovery' of child abuse in the 1960s and 1970s, and the anxiety created by online anonymity. More generally, Chris is interested in the ways in which modern medicine and psychiatry influence and inform our everyday lives, from assumptions about who we are, the advice we are given, and the services provided for us. This involves research in the history of the emotions, the history of anthropology and sociology, and the history of psychiatry, psychology, social work and medicine.

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Dr Sarah Miller-Davenport

Post 1800

Sarah Miller-Davenport's research focuses on how Americans conceptualized their nation's role in the world after World War II, and how the emergence of the United States as a global superpower transformed domestic culture, politics, and social relations. Her current book manuscript explores the impact and meaning of Hawai'i statehood in 1959 and its relationship to both the global movement for decolonization and the emergence of multiculturalism in American society. It analyzes how and why Hawai'i became a site for both managing human difference and for projecting U.S. global power, twinned projects that came together in Hawai'i and rippled outward. How did Hawai'i go from a racially problematic overseas territory to the symbol of John F. Kennedy's "New Frontier," which imagined the U.S. as a nation unshackled from old ideas of race, ethnicity, or territoriality? By tracing the political struggles over statehood and its cultural aftermath, Sarah's project shows how this conception of the nation became hegemonic in American society, creating new racial formations in the process.

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Dr Saurabh Mishra

Post 1800

Saurabh's interests lie in exploring a range of themes connected with the social history of colonial and post-colonial South Asia. More specifically, his focus areas till now have included the following: the history of science and medicine in the subcontinent, the nature of Islam in South Asia, the history of agrarian processes and structures, and the formation of colonial policies and ideologies. He is currently working on a project on indentured labour in British Guiana which investigates the lives and experiences of indentured labourers through the lens of medical/health issues. While the plantation economy has been studied by a number of historians, this project adopts a different perspective by focusing on the medical regime that labourers were subjected to.

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Dr Julia Moses

Post 1800

Julia's main research interests lie in the history of social problems and policy in Western Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She has published on three main strands of her research: the history of private law, and especially torts; transnational history; and, the history of ideas about 'risk'. She has recently completed a study on conceptions of risk, workplace accidents and the welfare state in Britain, Germany and Italy, and her current project investigates the political history of marriage in Imperial Germany.

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Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid

Post 1800

Caoimhe is currently engaged in two research projects. The first, entitled 'Writing Terrorist Lives' is a study of individual engagement with varieties of political violence from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century. It considers journeys from radicalisation, to mobilisation, to activism, and beyond to disengagement and re-engagement. Ranging across both geographical and historical locations and the ideological spectrum, it aims to explore the range of human experience which lies behind the blunt label of 'terrorist'. Her second project is in the field of Irish history, and is a study of the children of the executed men of the Easter Rising of 1916. This explores issues of memory, state commemorative practices, the forging of personal identities in the shadow of national foundational myth, as well as the legacies of political violence.

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Dr Colin Reid

Post 1800

Colin is working on a book on the history of political thought in Ireland under the Union (1800-1922). This project explores the impact of the Union on mentalities in Ireland, charting the range of particular political languages deplored by contemporaries, and explaining continuities and changes over time. Conflict in Ireland was not simply the result of ancient hatreds: it was sustained by clashing interpretations of decidedly new political concepts. As such, Ireland is an illuminating case-study into how French Revolutionary political ideas such as nationalism, republicanism, popular sovereignty, citizenship, and democracy became localised and assumed competing meanings among different groups during the nineteenth century.

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Dr Simon Stevens

Post 1800

Simon's current research focuses on the struggle against South African apartheid, both within South Africa and around the world. His most recent articles focus on the 'turn to violence' by the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa in the early 1960s. He is also working on projects on the All-African People's Conference, held in Accra, Ghana, in 1958, and on the idea of the 'non-aligned movement' in the 1960s. Simon is currently writing his first monograph, an international history of the use of boycotts and sanctions by the global anti-apartheid movement, provisionally entitled Laying Siege to South Africa: Anti-Apartheid Boycotts and Sanctions, and the Transformation of Global Politics.

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Dr Andrew Tompkins

Post 1800

Andrew Tompkins is an historian of 20th-century Europe whose work focuses primarily on transnational interactions, practices, and spaces. His current research focuses on Germany's post-1945 borders with France and Poland, investigating how borderland residents engaged (or not) with the historically contested meanings of the Rhine River and Oder-Neisse line in their everyday lives. By examining unequal but entangled relationships in East and West together, this research will shed light on the construction of both Cold War blocs as well as the development of Europe since 1990.

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Professor Mary Vincent

Post 1800

Mary's main research interests lie in the history of modern Spain, particularly around the period of the Civil War (1931-39). Her interests in religion, fascism, and political violence come together in her current project, a history of General Franco's 'crusade', and she has also published on the history of gender. Her book, Modern Spain 1833-2002: People and State explores questions of state legitimacy in a divided society.

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Professor Benjamin Ziemann

Post 1800

Benjamin has published widely on the social and cultural history of Modern Germany from the 1880s to the 1980s. He is an expert on the First World War, on German military history more generally, but also has a strong interest in peace history. He has conducted extensive research on the place of religion in twentieth century German society, exploring themes such as secularization, the organizational history of the churches, and, more recently, changes in Protestant mentalities.

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