Research Strengths

The Department has strengths in Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern British and European History; American History; and International History.



Medieval and Ancient

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Dr Mark Finney

Medieval and Ancient

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

Medieval and Ancient

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 Máirín MacCarron

Medieval and Ancient

Máirín’s research centres on the early medieval period, with a focus on Britain and Ireland, and a particular interest in the transmission and transformation of themes and ideas from the Mediterranean World of Late Antiquity to these islands.

Máirín is not available to supervise PhD students.

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Dr Daniele Miano

Medieval and Ancient

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

Medieval and Ancient

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

Medieval and Ancient

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

Medieval and Ancient

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

Medieval and Ancient

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

Medieval and Ancient

Charles works on earlier medieval European (including British) history from around 700 to 1200. His forthcoming monograph is focused on the Feudal Revolution, but he has also written on a broad range of topics, including English urban history, Carolingian advocates, the cult of the saints, the crusades and medieval ideas of the past. As well as co-editing a book on Hincmar of Rheims with Rachel Stone (KCL), he is starting a new project on Humbert of Moyenmoutier's contribution to the eleventh-century church reform movement. He welcomes applications for postgraduate study in all these areas.

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Early Modern

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Professor Mike Braddick

Early Modern

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

Early Modern

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 Eliza Hartrich

Early Modern

Eliza's research concentrates on the political and social history of later medieval and early modern towns. She explores the institutions and complex relationships engendered by the concentration of people in urban areas, and investigates the ways in which urban social and political structures contributed to the functioning of larger 'states'. Eliza's doctoral dissertation, currently being revised for publication as a monograph, argued that English politics in the Wars of the Roses era was shaped by the needs and experiences of an influential urban network. She has also published a number of articles that examine interactions between urban and royal government in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England, including pieces on rebellions, councils, and charters.

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Dr Tom Leng

Early Modern

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

Early Modern

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

Early Modern

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

Early Modern, American, International

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

Early Modern

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

Early Modern

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

Early Modern

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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Modern British

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Dr Emily Baughan

Modern British

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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Dr Lucy Brown

Modern British

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.

Lucy is not available to supervise PhD students.

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Adrian Bingham

Professor Adrian Bingham

Modern British

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 Esme Cleall

Modern British, International

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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Dr Julie Gottlieb

Modern British

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 Chris Millard

Modern British

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 Julia Moses

Modern British, Modern European

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

Modern British, Modern European

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

Modern British, Modern European

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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Modern European

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Dr Timothy Baycroft

Modern European

Tim is currently he is working on a project on the Lyon Commune of 1870-71, including a comparison with the Paris Commune of 1871, and contextualising it within the broader movements of the revolutionary Left in France and Europe during the 19th Century. His research interests lie in the area of identity and nationalism in modern Europe, and modern France in particular. He has publications on commemoration and memory, border identities, colonial imagery in France and European identity. He has received grants from the AHRC and the British Academy in support of this work. He has jointly directed research projects comparing European nationalisms in the nineteenth century, in one case with a view to revising the traditional model dividing nations simply into those which are 'civic' and those are 'ethnic', and in the other to understand the relationship between nationalism and folklore. He is interested in interdisciplinary work, and has engaged in collaboration with musicians in an attempt to come to a better understanding of the relationships between political ideology and changes in music, art and literature.

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Miriam Dobson

Dr Miriam Dobson

Modern European

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 Jane Freeland

Modern European

Jane’s research focuses on the history of gender and women’s activism in post-1945 Germany. She is particularly interested in the impact of 1960s feminism on contemporary discussions of gender and women’s rights. She has also worked on the history of gender and sexuality in the Communist bloc, and has an ongoing interest in East German cinema.

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Dr Dina Gusejnova

Modern European

To date Dina's research has centred on connections between the intellectual, social and cultural history of twentieth-century Germany and Central Europe. She is particularly interested in moments of political transition and the social situations in which ideas and ideologies emerge. She has pursued these interests in studies of varying scale and scope, including the intellectual history of Weimar Germany and its global legacies beyond the mid-twentieth century, jazz as a case study for transnational history, and the history of global thought in biographical and institutional perspective. Dina has also built on her studies of twentieth-century German social and political thought to write about fading empires and transitional societies in other periods, notably, late and post-Soviet Russia.

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Dr Eirini Karamouzi

Modern European

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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Dr Daniel Lee

Modern European

Daniel's research interests are in modern French and modern Jewish history. His first book, Pétain's Jewish Children: French Jewish Youth and the Vichy Regime, 1940–42 explored the coexistence between young French Jews and the Vichy regime. His research reveals significant exceptions to Vichy's antisemitic policies, in which the regime's desire for a reinvigorated youth and the rebirth of the nation, took precedence over its racial laws.

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Professor Bob Moore

Modern European

Bob's research interests centre on the Holocaust, with specific reference to Western Europe, the history of the Netherlands, and prisoners of war in twentieth-century conflicts. He has supervised MPhil and PhD candidates in all these areas and has also published on decolonisation and on refugee policy in the 1930s. His most recent monograph was Survivors: Jewish Self-Help and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied Western Europe (Oxford University Press, 2010) and he is currently working on a number of projects, including a history of prisoners-of-war in Europe during the Second World War.

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Dr Julia Moses

Modern British, Modern European

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

Modern British, Modern European

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

Modern British, Modern European

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 Andrew Tompkins

Modern European

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

Modern European

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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Dr James Yeoman

Modern European

James’s research focuses on modern Spanish history, in particular the anarchist movement in Spain and its development over the nineteenth century through to the Spanish Civil War. His work has explored the role of grassroots printing culture in laying the cultural foundations of the movement, prior to its mass expansion in the early twentieth century. His current and future research will expand this focus internationally, exploring the transnational connections between anarchist movements across Europe and the Americas.

James is not available to supervise PhD students.

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Professor Benjamin Ziemann

Modern European

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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American


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Dr Andrew Heath

American

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 R.J. Knight

American

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 Sarah Miller-Davenport

American

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 Caroline Dodds Pennock

Early Modern, American, International

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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Dr Simon Toner

American

Simon is a historian of the United States and the world, focusing particularly on the history of development and the American War in Vietnam. His work examines how a diverse array of U.S. actors formulated and projected ideas about postcolonial development into the Global South after 1945 and how "Third World" actors received, renegotiated and sometimes resisted these ideas and projects. He explores these themes in his book manuscript, which he is currently completing. Based primarily on Vietnamese and American archival sources, the manuscript examines the final years of the American War in Vietnam as an episode in the history of global development. In particular, it shows how changes in global development thinking and practice in the late 1960s and 1970s shaped debates within and between the allied U.S. and South Vietnamese governments and had a decisive impact on the course and outcome of the war.

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International

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Dr Esme Cleall

Modern British, International

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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Dr Oliver Godsmark

International

Oliver is a historian of modern South Asia. His research traces the impact of decolonisation and the transition from colonial rule to independence on ideas about and the workings of democracy, citizenship and community amongst Indian society. His PhD project, entitled 'Citizenship, Community and the State in Western India: The Moulding of a Marathi-Speaking Province, 1930s-1950s', drew upon the mechanics of state-society relations at the 'everyday' level to make inferences about the nature of citizenship and democracy at a moment of great historical change, fear and uncertainty on the Indian subcontinent. Oliver has recently completed an updated monograph that draws upon and revises some of the central themes of this doctoral research. This project also informed a number of other research publications.

Oliver is not available to supervise PhD students.

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Dr Siobhan Lambert-Hurley

International

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

International

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 Saurabh Mishra

International

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 Caroline Dodds Pennock

Early Modern, American, International

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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Dr Claudia Rogers

Early Modern, American, International

Claudia’s research focuses on first encounters in the New World (c. 1492-1550), exploring how indigenous groups and individuals responded to and identified Europeans in moments of early contact in the Caribbean and Mesoamerica. In particular, her work examines the methodological issues arising from the uncovering and reading of indigenous voices and actions in the (ethno)historical record. More broadly, Claudia’s interests surround the ‘white gods’, indigenous histories, concepts of space, and identity. She is especially interested in cultural intermediaries and notions of ‘in-betweenness’.

Claudia is not available to supervise PhD students.

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Dr Simon Stevens

International

Simon is currently working on his first book, which analyzes the role in the strategy and tactics of the global anti-apartheid movement of campaigns for consumer, sports, and cultural boycotts, governmental trade sanctions and arms embargoes, and corporate disinvestment. In addition, Simon is currently working on two article projects on the ANC's "armed struggle" against apartheid in South Africa.

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