Who we are
The History department is a vibrant research community, with staff working supportively in a diverse range of areas, and an ever-growing group of postgraduate students working towards their research degrees.
We are leaders in our respective areas of expertise, producing critically acclaimed work on an international level, and securing competitive grant funding for innovative and wide reaching projects.
The following list gives an indication of our research specialisms. Please click on the name of the member of staff to see a more detailed research profile. We welcome inquiries from potential research students wishing to work broadly in these areas:
- Professor Owen Davies (witchcraft; magic; ghosts;, popular medicine; early modern and modern social history)
- Dr Jennifer Evans (early modern bodies; reproductive health; gender; medicine)
- Dr Ceri Houlbrook (intangible cultural heritage; material culture; folklore and ritual; contemporary history and archaeology)
- Dr Ciara Meehan. (the transformation of modern Ireland; everyday lives of women; magazine history)
- Professor Anne Murphy (early modern social and economic history; business history; history of financial markets and institutions)
- Dr Katrina Navickas (18th and 19th century British history; protest and social movements; digital history)
- Professor Tony Shaw (contemporary international history; propaganda; Cold War; film and history; Arab-Israeli conflict)
- Dr Simon Collier (British foreign office propaganda in the 20th Century, The Cold War)
- Dr William Bainbridge (historical geography, landscape history heritage, nineteenth century, Alps, Italy)
- Dr Leanne Calvert (history of the family; women's history; sexuality; gender; dissenting religion; 18th and 19th centuries)
- Dr Daniel Grey (gender; law; crime; imperial and colonial history; 19th and 20th centuries)
- Dr Eureka Henrich (history and politics of migration/immigration; Australian history; social history of medicine and health (19th and 20th century); public history and heritage)
Postdoctoral research fellows and visiting lecturers
- Dr Judy Faraday: Visiting Research Fellow
- Andrew Green: Senior Research Fellow, media advisor and co-ordinator of oral history events
- Mr Fabian Hiscock: Visiting Research Fellow
- Dr Bridget Long: Visiting Research Fellow
- Mr Nick Patrick: Visiting Research Fellow
- Dr David Postles: Honorary Senior Research Fellow
- Dr Shelley Tickell: Visiting Research Fellow
- Dr Janice Turner: Visiting Research Fellow
- Dr Julie Moore Visiting Research Fellow
Current postgraduate research students in History:
- Katie Allen (History PhD Programme): ‘The creation of magical landscapes in contemporary tradition ’
- Annie Bussell (History PhD Programme) 'Regulating Prostitution in the Three Towns: a comparative study of policing responses to prostitution and its related problems, in Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse, 1850-1914'
- Helen Casey (Professional Doctorate in Heritage): 'Creating an Online Digital Museum: How organisations can use their past to project their brand’
- Peter Elliott (History PhD Programme) 'The Growth of Aviation Museums in the United Kingdom'
- Sarah Fitzpatrick (Professional Doctorate in Heritage) 'The Museum Trustee: exploring theory, policy and practice in governance at small heritage sites
- Sarah-Jane Harknett (Professional Doctorate in Heritage) 'Evaluation as Interpretation: Measuring Engagement in Museums and Galleries'
- Janine Marriott (History PhD Programme): ‘Dead Interesting: Public engagement in and with Sites of Cemeteries and Graveyards (UK , Ireland and Europe)
- Sharon Maxwell Magnus (History PhD Programme): 'More than just a glossy cover: The role of women's magazines in reflecting the women's equality agenda between 1976 and 1997 in England and Wales'
- David Noble (History PhD Programme): ‘Primitive Methodism in 19th century Hertfordshire'
- Pauline Schofield (History PhD Programme) 'A Life Geography of L.Edna Walter BSc OBE (1866-1962), Woman of Science, Agent of the State, Mountaineer: Women's Emancipation at the Intersection of Space, Place, Gender and Power'
- Dianne Shepherd (History PhD Programme): ‘Women’s agency in the east end of London, 1840-1880’
- Miranda Spraggs (History PhD Programme) ' The Magical and Mundane. An Interdisciplinary Folkloric Approach'
- Barbara Wood (Professional Doctorate in Heritage): ‘Authenticity and the Presentation of Heritage: An analysis of authority, knowledge and power in the collection and management of history and the creation of visitor “experience”’
History staff profiles
Staff share some of their research interests and areas of expertise.
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