Doctoral researcher profiles

The Department of History maintains a thriving and diverse postgraduate community. A broad range of research opportunities are available to our students. Profiles of some of our doctoral researchers and information on their research topics are shown below.

Annette Amerman

Annette Amerman

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The integration of US Marine and Navy Aviation during WWI and its impact on the Court Martial of Capt Edmund Chamberlain, USMC
Supervisor: Dr Peter Gray
PhD Modern History

Stephanie Appleton

Stephanie Appleton

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The community of Stratford-upon-Avon, c. 1530 – 1699: social networks, will-making, and the role of the town’s women
SupervisorDr Tara Hamling and Professor Richard Cust
PhD Modern History

Stuart Bell

Stuart Bell

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The influence of World War One on popular faith
Supervisor: Dr Michael Snape
PhD Modern History

Mark Bielski

Mark Bielski

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Poles in the American Civil War
Supervisor: Dr Jonathan E. Gumz
PhD Modern History

Pete Bounous

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Reasons to Remember: Commemorating the Great and the Good in Late Victorian Birmingham
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick
PhD History

Barbara Bowring

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The cultural journey of Ann Yearsley
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick
PhD History

Roger Bruton

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The intellectual communities and networks of the Severn Valley and Black Country in the 18th and early 19th centuries
Supervisors: Dr Malcolm Dick and Professor Peter Jones
PhD History

Adam Carey

Doctoral researcher

MPhil title: Politics, governance and the shaping of Smethwick since 1945.
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick

Howard Carlton

Howard Carlton

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Astronomy Ancient and Modern: how nineteenth-century astronomers interpreted the roles, religion and results of their pre-classical predecessors.
Supervisor: Dr David Gange
PhD Modern History

Jennifer Davies

MPhil title: Wills and religious change in the archdeaconry of Stafford, 1526-1580
Supervisor: Professor Robert Swanson

Amy Edwards

Amy Edwards

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: 'Financial Consumerism': Thatcherism, Private-Ownership, Citizenship and Consumerism in the 1980s.
Supervisor: Professor Matthew Hilton and Professor Gavin Schaffer
PhD Modern History

Paul Fantom

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Community, Patriotism and the Working Class in the First World War: The Home Front in Wednesbury 1914-1918
Supervisor: Professor Carl Chinn
PhD History

Erik Flint

Erik Flint

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Tour of Duty: Operational Deployments in the All-Volunteer Army, 1973-2013
Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Gumz
PhD Modern History

Aimée Fox-Godden

Aimée Fox-Godden

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: 'Putting knowledge in power' Perspectives on learning and knowledge sharing in the British army of the First World War
Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Boff
PhD Modern History

Mike Hally

Mike Hally

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The creation and development of ex-services organisations in the UK
Supervisors: Dr Michael Snape
PhD Modern History

Dahlia Harrison

Dahlia Harrison

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: British Army Chaplains in the South African War, 1899-1902
Supervisors: Dr Michael Snape
PhD Modern History

John Hemingway

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The origins, development and influence of William Shenstone's landscape design at the Leasowes, Halesowen
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick
PhD History

Sally Hoban

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The arts and craft movements in Birmingham and the West Midlands, specifically the contribution made by women
PhD History

Robert Hodge

Robert Hodge

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The treatment of the poor and disadvantaged in Cleobury Mortimer and surrounding parishes, 1770-1900
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick
PhD Modern History

Victoria Jackson

Victoria Jackson

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The Material Culture and Social Practice of Dining in England, c. 1550-1670
Supervisor: Dr Tara Hamling
PhD Modern History

Rosemary Keep

Rosemary Keep

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Family group portraits and the construction of identity within English provincial gentry 1557-1680
Supervisors: Dr Tara Hamling and Professor Richard Cust
PhD Modern History

Eddie Michel

Eddie Michel

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Uncle Sam in Africa: US foreign policy on Rhodesia during the UDI era of 1965-79
Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Gumz
PhD Modern History

Elaine Mitchell

Elaine Mitchell

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: 'A handsome flower garden about half an acre, square': urban gardens in the east midlands' manufacturing towns of the 18th century
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick
PhD History

Saima Nasar

Saima Nasar

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Subjects, Citizens and Refugees: the making and re-making of Britain’s East African Asians
Supervisor: Professor Gavin Schaffer and Dr Kate Skinner
PhD Modern History

Roger Ottewill

Roger Ottewill

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Faith and Good Works: Congregationalism in Edwardian Hampshire 1901-1914
Supervisor: Professor Hugh McLeod
PhD Modern History

Daisy Payling

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Activism in Sheffield 1970-1990
Supervisor: Professor Matthew Hilton
PhD History

Stefka Ritchie

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Dr Samuel Johnson as a promoter of social improvement.
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick
PhD History

Tom Rochester

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Bede and the Miraculous: Tradition, Innovation and Reform
Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Brooks
PhD Medieval History

Petros Savvides

Petros Savvides

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The Role of Athens and the Invisible Factors that Formulated the Outcome of the Cyprus Crisis in 1974
Supervisor: Dr Steve Morewood
PhD Modern History

Guy Sjögren

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The Impact of Change on the West Midland Nail Trade c.1760-1914
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick
PhD History

Beth Spacey

Beth Spacey

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The marvellous and the miraculous in Latin narrative histories of the crusades, 1095-1291
Supervisor: Dr William Purkis
PhD Medieval History

Janet Sullivan

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The material, economic and social development of Oldbury during the Industrial Revolution
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick
PhD History

Jian Sun

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: The Clergy of the Diocese of Hereford in the Later Middle Ages
Supervisors: Professor Robert Swanson
PhD Medieval History

Sue Thomas

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: George Edmonds and the making of Birmingham radicalism
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick
PhD History

Robin Weaver

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: North European Prehistoric Architecture
PhD History

Lindsay Whitehurst

Lindsay Whitehurst

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Representations of medieval warfare in films
Supervisors: Dr Miriam Muller and Dr James Walters
PhD Medieval History

Lorraine Wood

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Birmingham manufacturing and its workforce during the Second World War
Supervisor: Dr Malcolm Dick
PhD History

Laverne Young Smith

Laverne Young Smith

Doctoral researcher

PhD title: Anglican and Baptists Together in Eighteenth Century Virginia
Supervisor: Dr Michael Snape
PhD Modern History