Dr Arezou Azad

Lecturer in Medieval History

I am a historian of medieval Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran, with a particular interest in cities, religious practices, social diversity and historiography.

Dr Laura Beers

Birmingham Fellow

I am lecturer in Modern British History. My primary research interest is political history, particularly the intersection between politics and the mass media, the relationship between politics and gender, and international politics between the two World Wars.

Dr Jakub Benes

CENDARI project research fellow

I study the history of modern east central Europe, focusing on social movements, nationalism, and popular culture. I have a strong interest in the research methods that fall under the heading "digital humanities" and am currently working to advance these through my position on the CENDARI project

Dr Jonathan Boff


As a historian, I am primarily interested in how institutions and individuals respond to the challenges of war. I believe that this is best studied using an approach which is both comparative and cross-disciplinary.

Professor Nicholas Brooks

Professor Emeritus of Medieval History

It is with great sadness that we announce that Nicholas Brooks died on 2nd February 2014.


Dr Chris Callow

Lecturer in Medieval History

I have research interests in the early middle ages with particular specialisms in Iceland and the Vikings.


Professor Carl Chinn

Professor of Birmingham Community History

I am Professor of Birmingham Community History; author of over 20 books on the history of Birmingham, the Black Country and the urban working class in England; a writer for the Birmingham Mail and Express and Star, and broadcaster on BBC WM.

Dr Matt Cole

Teaching Fellow

I am an historian of modern Britain with a particular interest in twentieth century constitutional and party politics, and local history.

Professor Nicholas Crowson

Professor of Contemporary British History

I am a historian of contemporary British history with a particular interest in political activism, non-governmental organisations, homelessness and Britain’s relationship with continental Europe.

Professor Richard Cust

Professor of Early Modern History

I am professor of early modern history at the University of Birmingham, specialising in the political and cultural history of late sixteenth and early seventeenth century England.

Dr Malcolm Dick

Lecturer in Regional and Local History
Director, Centre for West Midlands History

I am a social and regional historian with teaching and research interests in the history of the West Midlands region after 1700 and the history of ethnic minorities and anti-slavery. I am also Editor-in-Chief of the History West Midlands project.

Dr Matthew Francis

Birmingham Teaching Fellow

I am a political historian of twentieth century Britain, with a particular interest in conceptual history, political ideologies, and ideological change.

Dr Elaine Fulton

Reader in History Teaching (Higher Education)
Head of Department of History

I have been part of the Department of History since 2003, where I have taken a particular interest in the development of the undergraduate history syllabus and enhancement of teaching. My historical research has focussed on the complex interplay between politics, society and religion in early-modern German-speaking Europe.

Dr David Gange

Senior Lecturer in History

'I am a cultural historian of modern Britain. I work on religion, the history of archaeology (and related disciplines), and the development of historical thought.

Dr Peter Gray

Senior Research Fellow in Air Power Studies
Centre for War Studies

I joined the University of Birmingham on 1st September 2008 as a Senior Research Fellow in Air Power Studies having retired from the Royal Air Force in June 2008.  My career has been a mixture of practicing, studying and writing on air power and wider aspects of international relations and defence policy.

Dr Armin Grünbacher

Lecturer in Modern History

My main interest lies in post war Germany, the political, social and economic reconstruction of the country (including Allied occupation policy) against the backdrop of the Cold War.

Dr Jonathan E Gumz

Senior Lecturer of Modern History

I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and came to Birmingham after teaching in the History Department at West Point.  My intellectual interests focus on Modern Central and Eastern Europe, modern international history, global insurgency and counterinsurgency, as well as international law and the regulation of war.


Dr Tara Hamling

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History

I joined Birmingham in 2007 as RCUK / Roberts Research Fellow in the History Department. I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the History department and at the Shakespeare Institute, which is based in the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon. I’m a member of the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies.

Dr Steve Hewitt

Senior Lecturer in American and Canadian Studies

Canadian history and politics, Canada-US relations, policing and intelligence services, anti-Americanism, counterterrorism.

Professor Matthew Hilton

Professor of Social History

I am currently Professor of Social History. My work focuses on the history of humanitarianism, consumer society and on the history of social activism and non-governmental organisations, both in Britain and globally.

Dr Matt Houlbrook

Senior Lecturer in Modern British History

I work on the cultural history of modern Britain, with particular interests in histories of gender, sexuality and selfhood. I blog about the 1920s and the practice of history from behind the scenes at

Dr John Hunt

Honorary Research Fellow

I am a medievalist working primarily on regional history and archaeology, medieval lordship and community, and cultural history, in England and France between the tenth and fourteenth centuries.

Dr Simon Jackson

Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History

I am an historian of colonial empire with a special focus on the Middle East and the Mediterranean in the twentieth century.

I work on the discourse and politics of economic development in the French League of Nations Mandate in Syria and Lebanon, on the history of Fordism in the post-Ottoman Middle East, and on the global history of colonial commodities and natural resources.

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Professor Peter Jones

Professor of French History

I studied at the University of Leeds for my first degree (1967-70) and then moved to the University of Oxford (Balliol College) in order to prepare a doctorate under the supervision of Professor Richard Cobb (1970-73). Whilst undertaking research in France I was a boursier of the French government attached to the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail (1971-72).

Dr Simone Laqua-O'Donnell

Lecturer in Early Modern History

Simone Laqua-O’Donnell is a historian of early modern Europe. She studied at the Universities of Hamburg and Cambridge and was a PhD student at Balliol College, Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Lyndal Roper. Her PhD was supported by the AHRC. In 2006 she was awarded a Research Fellowship at Downing College, Cambridge. In 2009 Simone joined the School of History and Cultures, ...

Dr Helen Laville

Head of School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies
Reader in American History

The focus of my research is on post-war American history. I have published on women’s history, the cold war, civil rights and gender and international relations.

Professor Sabine Lee

Professor in Modern History

Having graduated from the University of Düsseldorf with a degree in mathematics, history and philosophy I completed an M.Phil in International Relations and PhD in Modern History at the University of Cambridge. I took up a lectureship in European history at the University of Hull in 1993 before joining the Department of Modern History here at Birmingham in 1994.

Professor Hugh McLeod

Emeritus Professor of Church History

I am a historian specialising in the religious history of 19th and 20th century. I recently retired from my Birmingham chair, but I am still very active in research and postgraduate supervision.


Dr Paul Miller

Marie Curie Fellow (2011-2013)

My chief task during these two years at the University of Birmingham is to complete a book project on the memory of the Sarajevo assassination of June 28, 1914. I greatly look forward to the insights, ideas, and critiques of new colleagues with whom I will have the opportunity to discuss this ongoing work.

Dr Christopher Moores

Birmingham Fellow

I am a historian of political and social activism with a particular focus on civil liberties and human rights.

Dr Steve Morewood

Senior Lecturer in International History

I specialise in the impact of Great Power intervention in the Balkans and Middle East, especially in terms of diplomacy and conflict.

I came to Birmingham after teaching spells at Leicester and Manchester universities. During my tenure at Birmingham I have developed a number of modules centred on the Eastern Mediterranean as well as developing my research interests in the region. In particular, ...

Dr Miriam Muller

Lecturer in Medieval History
Welfare Tutor Department of History

My area of interest is social and economic history of later medieval England, although I tend to lean more towards the social than the economic. I am endlessly fascinated by peasants of all periods, but especially of the 13th and 14th centuries.

Dr Rhoads Murphey

Reader in Ottoman Studies

The History of the Turks, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern, has been my avocation since my first visit to Turkey as a teenager in 1966 and my principal occupation since I completed by doctoral studies at the age of thirty.


Dr William Purkis

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

I am a historian of medieval religious cultures (c.1000–c.1300), with particular interests in crusading, pilgrimage and monasticism.

Dr Sadiah Qureshi

Senior Lecturer in Modern History

At the broadest level, I am a cultural and social historian of race, science and empire in the modern world.

Dr Klaus Richter

Birmingham Fellow and Lecturer in Eastern European History

My main field of research is the modern history of East Central Europe and the Baltics. I am especially interested in the history of nationalism, of statehood and of war and occupation.

Professor Corey Ross

Professor of Modern History
Head of School of History and Cultures

My primary research interests are in global environmental history and modern European social and cultural history.

Dr Lucie Ryzova

Lecturer in Middle East History

I am a social and cultural historian of modern Egypt, with particular interest in Egyptian popular culture and vernacular modernity.

Professor Gavin Schaffer

Professor of British History
Director of Postgraduate Studies

I am a specialist in race and immigration history and have a particular interest in racial science, race and the media and the history of racial violence. My present research also focuses on constructions of Jewish history and the treatment of minorities in Britain during the Second World War.

Professor Peter John Simkins

Visiting Lecturer

I am now approaching my fiftieth year as a professional military historian. Over the past twelve years I have been privileged to be involved in the development of a centre of excellence in war studies at the University of Birmingham.


Dr Margaret Small

Lecturer in Europe and the Wider World

I am a lecturer in Early Modern History with a focus on European exploration and colonisation in the sixteenth century. My primary research areas are in the history of geography and the history of exploration.

Dr Kate Smith

Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century History

I am an historian of eighteenth-century Britain and empire, with a particular interest in material cultures, production, consumption, skill, the senses and the emotions.

Dr Michael Snape

Reader in Religion, War and Society

I am a historian of Christianity and war in the modern world, focusing primarily on Great Britain, the British Empire, and North America from 1700 to 1950.

Professor Naomi Standen

Professor of Medieval History

I am a medieval historian who works on northern Eurasia in global contexts, with a primary focus on regions that lie within what is now China, North Korea and Mongolia. I work with texts, with archaeologists and with medievalists studying all parts of the globe, and have been particularly interested in borders, frontiers and borderlands and the people who live in and around such places.

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Professor Robert Swanson

Professor of Medieval History

I studied for a degree in History at Cambridge University, graduating in 1972. I then stayed at Cambridge for his doctoral research, on the activities of European universities in the crisis caused by the division in the papacy between 1378 and 1417. I have been at Birmingham since October 1979.

Dr Frank Uekotter

Reader in Environmental Humanities

I am a Birmingham Fellow working on environmental issues, both past and present, in a global context.

Dr Jelle van Lottum

Senior Lecturer and Birmingham Fellow

I work on economic and social history, maritime history and labour migration worldwide, from 1600 to the present.

Dr Daniel Whittingham

Lecturer in War Studies

I am interested in all aspects of the conduct of war, with a particular focus on British military history, military thought and strategy.

Dr Jonathan Willis

Lecturer in Early Modern History

I am a historian of the English reformation, with an interest in the history and theology of late-medieval and early modern Europe more broadly.  My research focuses on the religious and cultural history of England over the course of the long-sixteenth-century. 


Dr Simon Yarrow

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

I teach the history of religion and society in the early and central middle ages, and research on the cult of saints’ relics, miracles and religious cultures from the tenth to the thirteenth century in England.

Dr Shirley Ye

Lecturer in Asian History

I am a global historian with research and teaching interests in modern China.

Historians in other Schools and Departments

Centre for West African Studies

Paolo de Farias

Insa Nolte

Benedetta Rossi

Keith Shear

Kate Skinner

Ancient History, Classics and Archaeology

Dimiter Angelov

Leslie Brubaker

Mary Harlow

Anthea Harris

Ruth Macrides

Rhoads Murphey

Steven Morewood

Gareth Sears

School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

David Griffith

Steve Hewitt

Helen Laville

Robert Lewis

Scott Lucas

Philippa Semper

School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Nick Griffiths

Andrew Kirkman

Elizabeth L'Estrange

Aengus Ward

School of Health and Population Studies

Jonathan Reinarz