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Research Interests

Our staff have expertise in a broad range of chronological, geographical and thematic areas.

If you are interested in undertaking a research degree with us, please identify and contact a potential supervisor before making a formal application.  

Staff research interests

American History

  • Professor Iftikhar Malik: Asian history; The history and politics of the contemporary Muslim world; Muslim diaspora communities; The British Empire; South Asian studies; U.S. history and politics
  • Dr Clifford Williamson: Modern British social and political history; Modern American history; Modern history of religion in Europe; History of American and British popular music in the 20th century; History of public health and medicine

British and Imperial History

  • Dr David Coast: Political and social history of early modern England
  • Dr Jackie Collier: Social, political and cultural history of Britain in the long eighteenth century; gender history; urban history; consumer culture and the use of digital media 
  • Dr Sarah Hackett: Modern European immigration history, including immigration policies, integration and Islam in Europe
  • Professor Iftikhar Malik: Asian history; The history and politics of the contemporary Muslim world; Muslim diaspora communities; The British Empire; South Asian studies; U.S. history and politics
  • Professor Alan Marshall: Early-modern political, cultural, and literary history; intelligence and espionage, and the history of North-East England
  • Dr Olivette Otele: Colonial history, the history of British and French Empires, memory, slavery and legacies, contemporary France and social cohesion, the history of people of African descent (including women and North Africa)
  • Professor Astrid Swenson: Cultural and social history of nineteenth and twentieth century Europe (in particular France, Germany and Britain and transnationally); historical approaches to heritage studies.
  • Dr Clifford Williamson: Modern British social and political history; Modern American history; Modern history of religion in Europe; History of American and British popular music in the 20th century; History of public health and medicine

Contemporary History and Politics

  • Dr Jackie Collier: Social, political and cultural history of Britain in the long eighteenth century; gender history; urban history; consumer culture and the use of digital media 
  • Dr Sarah Hackett: Modern European immigration history, including immigration policies, integration and Islam in Europe
  • Professor Iftikhar Malik: Asian history; The history and politics of the contemporary Muslim world; Muslim diaspora communities; The British Empire; South Asian studies; U.S. history and politics
  • Professor Alan Marshall: Early-modern political, cultural, and literary history; intelligence and espionage, and the history of North-East England
  • Dr Olivette Otele: Colonial history, the history of British and French Empires, memory, slavery and legacies, contemporary France and social cohesion, the history of people of African descent (including women and North Africa)
  • Dr Clifford Williamson: Modern British social and political history; Modern American history; Modern history of religion in Europe; History of American and British popular music in the 20th century; History of public health and medicine

Cultural History

  • Dr Jackie Collier: Social, political and cultural history of Britain in the long eighteenth century; gender history; urban history; consumer culture and the use of digital media
  • Professor Alan Marshall: Early-modern political, cultural, and literary history; intelligence and espionage, and the history of North-East England
  • Professor Astrid Swenson: Cultural and social history of nineteenth and twentieth century Europe (in particular France, Germany and Britain and transnationally); historical approaches to heritage studies.
  • Dr Clifford Williamson: Modern British social and political history; Modern American history; Modern history of religion in Europe; History of American and British popular music in the 20th century; History of public health and medicine

Early Modern History

  • Dr David Coast - Political and social history of early modern England
  • Professor Alan Marshall: Early-modern political, cultural, and literary history; intelligence and espionage, and the history of North-East England

European History

  • Dr Sarah Hackett: Modern European immigration history, including immigration policies, integration and Islam in Europe
  • Dr Olivette Otele: Colonial history, the history of British and French Empires, memory, slavery and legacies, contemporary France and social cohesion, the history of people of African descent (including women and North Africa)
  • Professor Astrid Swenson: Cultural and social history of nineteenth and twentieth century Europe (in particular France, Germany and Britain and transnationally); historical approaches to heritage studies.

Gender Studies

  • Dr Jackie Collier: Social, political and cultural history of Britain in the long eighteenth century; gender history; urban history; consumer culture and the use of digital media 
  • Dr Olivette Otele: Colonial history, the history of British and French Empires, memory, slavery and legacies, contemporary France and social cohesion, the history of people of African descent (including women and North Africa)

Heritage Studies

  • Dr Alison Hems: Heritage and Cultural Policy, Public Engagement, Material Culture, Objects Conservation, Museums and Collections, Museum and Heritage Policy and Managing Heritage in the Contemporary World
  • Dr Sarah Morton: Heritage, Museums, Objects, Conservation, Archaeology, Repatriation, Human Remains
  • Dr Cassie Newland: Historical and Contemporary Archaeology (1500 to present), Anthropological Archaeology, Built Heritage/Archaeology, Landscape Heritage/Archaeology, Industrial and Technological Heritage/Archaeology
  • Professor Astrid Swenson: Cultural and social history of nineteenth and twentieth century Europe (in particular France, Germany and Britain and transnationally); historical approaches to heritage studies.

Historical and Contemporary Archaeology

  • Dr Cassie Newland: Historical and Contemporary Archaeology (1500 to present), Anthropological Archaeology, Built Heritage/Archaeology, Landscape Heritage/Archaeology, Industrial and Technological Heritage/Archaeology

History of Muslim Regions and Communities

  • Professor Iftikhar Malik: Asian history; The history and politics of the contemporary Muslim world; Muslim diaspora communities; The British Empire; South Asian studies; U.S. history and politics
  • Dr Sarah Hackett: Modern European immigration history, including immigration policies, integration and Islam in Europe

Irish History

  • Dr Brian Griffin: Irish history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the Great War; sports history

Modern History

  • Dr Jackie Collier: Social, political and cultural history of Britain in the long eighteenth century; gender history; urban history; consumer culture and the use of digital media
  • Dr Brian Griffin: Irish history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the Great War; sports history
  • Dr Sarah Hackett: Modern European immigration history, including immigration policies, integration and Islam in Europe
  • Professor Iftikhar Malik: Asian history; The history and politics of the contemporary Muslim world; Muslim diaspora communities; The British Empire; South Asian studies; U.S. history and politics
  • Dr Olivette Otele: Colonial history, the history of British and French Empires, memory, slavery and legacies, contemporary France and social cohesion, the history of people of African descent (including women and North Africa)
  • Professor Astrid Swenson: Cultural and social history of nineteenth and twentieth century Europe (in particular France, Germany and Britain and transnationally); historical approaches to heritage studies.
  • Dr Clifford Williamson: Modern British social and political history; Modern American history; Modern history of religion in Europe; History of American and British popular music in the 20th century; History of public health and medicine

Public History

  • Dr Alison Hems: Heritage and Cultural Policy, Public Engagement, Material Culture, Objects Conservation, Museums and Collections, Museum and Heritage Policy and Managing Heritage in the Contemporary World

Religious History

  • Dr Sarah Hackett: Modern European immigration history, including immigration policies, integration and Islam in Europe
  • Professor Iftikhar Malik: Asian history; The history and politics of the contemporary Muslim world; Muslim diaspora communities; The British Empire; South Asian studies; U.S. history and politics
  • Dr Clifford Williamson: Modern British social and political history; Modern American history; Modern history of religion in Europe; History of American and British popular music in the 20th century; History of public health and medicine

Sports History

  • Dr Brian Griffin: Irish history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the Great War; sports history

Urban History

  • Dr Jackie Collier: Social, political and cultural history of Britain in the long eighteenth century; gender history; urban history; consumer culture and the use of digital media
  • Professor Alan Marshall: Early-modern political, cultural, and literary history; intelligence and espionage, and the history of North-East England
  • Professor Astrid Swenson: Cultural and social history of nineteenth and twentieth century Europe (in particular France, Germany and Britain and transnationally); historical approaches to heritage studies.

World History

  • Professor Iftikhar Malik: Asian history; The history and politics of the contemporary Muslim world; Muslim diaspora communities; The British Empire; South Asian studies; U.S. history and politics
  • Dr Olivette Otele: Colonial history, the history of British and French Empires, memory, slavery and legacies, contemporary France and social cohesion, the history of people of African descent (including women and North Africa)

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