Staff in History

Head of Department

Dr Tara Hamling

Dr Tara Hamling

Reader in Early Modern Studies
Head of Department of History

I work on the social and cultural history of Britain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (the Tudor and Stuart periods). I am interested in how the profound changes to religion and society over the course of this period played out in domestic life and practices of belief, with particular focus on the role of visual and material culture (images, objects, built environment) in shaping ...

Academic staff

Dr Shahmima Akhtar

Assistant Professor of Black and Asian British History

I am a historian of race, migration and empire. My first book Exhibiting Irishness: Empire, Race and Nation, c. 1850-1970 (forthcoming) traces multiple constructions of Irish identity in national and international displays as Ireland moved from a colonial to an independent, globally-connected state. As a cultural history of Irish identity, the book considers exhibitions as a formative ...

Dr Katie Bank

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Katie Bank is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Birmingham researching musical-visual culture in early modern England. Her research reflects an interdisciplinary attention to the role of music and music making within the intellectual history of early modern England, particularly music's intersection with natural philosophy, the passions, and ...

Dr Richard Thomas Bell

Teaching Fellow in Early Modern History

I am a social and political historian of early modern Britain, with particular interests in histories of incarceration, state formation, and radical politics. I am currently completing a project on the history of imprisonment in early modern England. I am also developing new projects exploring everyday experiences of the early modern state, based on testimony from across the social spectrum, and ...

Professor Jonathan Boff

Professor Jonathan Boff

Professor of Military History

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.

Dr Thomas Brodie

Dr Thomas Brodie

Assistant Professor in 20th Century European History

I am a historian of Modern Europe, and work primarily on Germany during the Nazi and post-war periods. My first book German Catholicism at War, 1939-1945, (Oxford, 2018), explored the social and cultural histories of religion on Germany's Home Front during the Second World War. I teach a range of courses on 20th century European history, including a final-year special subject, 'The ...

Dr Chris Callow

Dr Chris Callow

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

My teaching and research centre on the Vikings, the history and archaeology of medieval Iceland, and Old Norse literature. Some of these interests show themselves in my book, Landscape, Tradition and Power in Medieval Iceland(2020). I am interested in how communities and individuals recall and write about the past, in the case of medieval texts like Sagas of Icelanders but also more generally. ...

Dr Courtney J. Campbell

Dr Courtney J. Campbell

Associate Professor in Latin American History

My current research interests are Latin America and the world, global microhistory, regional identity, race and representation, gender and representation, transnational consumer culture, popular culture movements, movement and migration, language-based movements, and spatial understandings of regional culture.

Dr Nathan Cardon

Dr Nathan Cardon

Associate Professor in United States History

My primary research interests are in the social, cultural, and transnational histories of the U.S. South, mobility, U.S. empire, and race.

Dr Matt Cole

Dr Matt Cole

Teaching Fellow

My research is in the history of the West Midlands region, most especially in the politics and society of the Modern era. I have published political biography and electoral analysis as well as studies on sport, business and the arts. I also broadcast regularly with the BBC on historical and political questions. 

Professor Nicholas Crowson

Professor Nicholas Crowson

Professor of Contemporary British History

Professor Nicholas Crowson is a Professor of Contemporary British History with a particular interest in homelessness from the 1880s to the modern day. This includes recreating the life stories of vagrants in late Victorian times; exploring the hidden history of the mass squatting of military camps in 1946; examining the role of the Reception Centres after 1946; and considering the impact of ...

Dr Ferenc Csirkés

Dr Ferenc Csirkés

Assistant Professor in the History of the Pre-modern Islamicate World

Dr Csirkés’s research interests include Iranian history, Ottoman history, Ottoman Turkish literature, Persian literature, cultural history, Central Asian history, and Central Asian literature.

Dr Tom Cutterham

Dr Tom Cutterham

Senior Lecturer in United States History

Tom Cutterham is a historian of Revolutionary America and the late eighteenth-century Atlantic world. He teaches the history of North America from the first English colonisations to the end of the nineteenth century, including courses on women in the American Revolution and the meaning of freedom in American history. Following his first book, Gentlemen Revolutionaries: Power and Justice in the ...

Dr James Doherty

Teaching Fellow in Medieval History

I am a historian of medieval culture, memory and identity, focusing in particular on the impact of the crusading movement. My publications have explored these subjects in the period between the high Middle Ages and the early modern era, and my most recent article, which examined the commemoration of crusaders in late medieval England, appeared in English Historical Review. My forthcoming ...

Dr Thomas Ellis

Teaching Fellow in American History

I am a cultural and diplomatic historian whose research interests centre on US-Russian Relations, the cultural and political implications of new technologies and how Americans have envisaged the future. I am currently writing a history of American perceptions of the Soviet space programme. 

Dr Matthew Francis

Reader in History (Education)

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

Professor Elaine Fulton

Professor Elaine Fulton

Professor of History Education
Director of Education, College of Arts and Law

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; I have also been Head of Department. My historical research has focussed on the complex interplay between politics, society and religion in early-modern German-speaking Europe, and my current project is ...

Dr David Gange

Dr David Gange

Senior Lecturer in History

I work on the histories of coastlines, oceans, and the communities that rely on them. I like to explore the past by ‘doing’ as much as reading, taking small boats out to sea to research the culture and heritage of shorelines, and encouraging students to use built and natural environments to understand how past people lived.

Dr Armin Grünbacher

Dr Armin Grünbacher

Associate Professor 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

Reader in 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.

 

Professor Karen Harvey

Professor Karen Harvey

Professor of Cultural History
Deputy Head of the School of History and Cultures

My teaching focusses on the social and cultural aspects of eighteenth-century Britain. I'm particularly interested in how men and women experienced their lives in the context of wider understandings of power, gender and the body. 

Dr Steve Hewitt

Dr Steve Hewitt

Senior Lecturer in American and Canadian Studies

I’m a British/Canadian academic interested in security and intelligence in the past and present and in a US/UK/Canada context.  My work has covered a range of topics, such as state surveillance against Canadian universities, UK and US counter-terrorism, a history of informants, and the world's most famous police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 

Professor Matt Houlbrook

Professor Matt Houlbrook

Professor of Cultural History

I work on the cultural history of modern Britain, with particular interests in histories of gender, sexuality and selfhood.

Dr Michala Hulme

Dr Michala Hulme

Lecturer in Public History

I am an award-winning historian of nineteenth-century British history, with a particular focus on the experience of living and dying in the urban environment. I am also a public historian who works with charities, community groups, the media, heritage organisations and museums, helping to engage the wider public in history. My last research project Finding the Peterloo Eleven, was shortlisted for

Dr Simon Jackson

Dr Simon Jackson

Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History
Director, Centre for Modern and Contemporary 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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Dr Helle Jørgensen

Dr Helle Jørgensen

Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Studies

An anthropologist by education, I enjoy doing interdisciplinary research. My main interest is the production of heritage in post/colonial contexts and the associated politics of history, social memory and development, including local as well as transnational relations and practices, from heritage management to tourism and the social lives of the people living near designated heritage sites.

Dr Ioanna Katapidi

Dr Ioanna Katapidi

Lecturer

I am a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Birmingham, interested in the interaction between people and place and the role of heritage in this interaction. I am particularly interested in the role of heritage in place making and place identity in urban and rural areas, exploring especially local communities’ perceptions and their dynamics and potential in ...

Dr Sarah Kenny

Dr Sarah Kenny

Lecturer in Modern History and Distance Learning

I am a social and cultural historian of modern Britain, with particular focus on histories of youth, gender, leisure, and urban redevelopment in post-war period.

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.

Dr Noah Millstone

Senior Lecturer

My primary research interests are in the history of politics, religion, and the book in early modern Britain and Europe, especially but not exclusively c1598-1660.

Dr Chris Moores

Dr Chris Moores

Senior Lecturer
Contemporary History

I am a historian of political and social activism with a particular focus on civil liberties and human rights and, increasingly, extra-Parliamentary conservative action in its many different forms which I examine across a range of different political spaces. I acted as Director of Modern British Studies at Birminghamfrom its formation in 2014 until 2018 and I am an Associate Editor of the ...

Dr Steve Morewood

Associate Professor in International History

I specialise in the impact of Great Power intervention in the Balkans and Middle East in terms of diplomacy and conflict, predominantly from a British perspective. My teaching reflects these interests and more broader interests such as the origins of the two world wars and the Cold War. Modules taught include ‘Conflict in the Modern Middle East’, ‘Facing the Fuhrer, the Duce and ...

Professor Mo Moulton

Professor Mo Moulton

Professor of Modern British and Irish History

I study the social and cultural history of Britain, Ireland, and the British Empire in the late 19th and 20th centuries. I'm interested in the origins of modern ideas about race, gender, family, and national identity. Those questions have led to me write about a range of topics, including the Irish in Britain, queer history, and the co-operative movement. I'm currently working on an intellectual ...

Dr John Munro

Dr John Munro

Lecturer in United States History
Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of North America

My research and teaching considers what the history of the United States might tell us about colonialism, racial capitalism, and social movements in a global context.

Dr James Norrie

Dr James Norrie

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

I am a historian of medieval Italy and the Mediterranean, with wider interests in the global history of the pre-modern past. I study urban change and radical social movements, and my first book examines the transformation of the city of Milan in the long eleventh century. As a Leverhulme Fellow, I am working on how the use of coinage in the same period altered experiences of religion and gender ...

Dr Imogen Peck

Dr Imogen Peck

Assistant Professor in British History
Director, Centre for Midlands History and Cultures

I am a historian of memory and communities, with research expertise in local and family history, the social history of archives, and the mental afterlife of conflict. I am especially interested in the ways memory and the representation of the past shapes individual and collective identities, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of non-elite men and women. My first book, Recollection ...

Dr James Pugh

Dr James Pugh

Lecturer in Modern History

Social, cultural and military history of the two World Wars, including a focus on drug culture, consumption and control.

Professor William Purkis

Professor William Purkis

Professor of Medieval History
Head of School of History and Cultures

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

Dr Lucie Ryzova

Dr Lucie Ryzova

Senior 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.

Dr Faye Sayer

Dr Faye Sayer

Assistant Professor in Heritage and History
Director, International Centre for Heritage

I am interested in the value cultural heritage has to communities, and how it can or has the potential to impact human and social capital; including wellbeing, mental health and human dignity. 

Dr Manu Sehgal

Lecturer in South Asian History

I am a historian of modern South Asia (present day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). My research interests range from the early colonial period with the coming of the East India Company’s rule to the late colonial period – the mobilization of Indian soldiers transforming the First World War into a global conflict. I am particularly interested in histories of gender based ...

Dr Kate Smith

Dr Kate Smith

Associate Professor in Eighteenth-Century History

I am an historian of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain and empire. I research how historical actors produced, consumed, and derived meaning from, the material world. I am currently working on a monograph provisionally entitled Losing Possession in the Long Eighteenth Century. My recent books include, Material Goods, Moving Hands: Perceiving Production in England, 1700-1830 (2014), N ...

Dr Katharine Sykes

Dr Katharine Sykes

Associate Professor in Early Medieval History

I work on the creation and regulation of communities in the early and central middle ages. I’m particularly interested in the ways in which institutions or groups of people – as well as individuals – were gendered. I’ve just finished writing a book on monasteries and families in the early middle ages (600CE-1100CE); previously, I’ve worked on the origins of ...

Dr Zoë Thomas

Dr Zoë Thomas

Associate Professor in Modern History

I am a social and cultural historian with particular specialisms in British history and the Anglophone world post 1850, histories of work, artistic culture, feminism, suffrage, and women’s and gender history. My first book Women Art Workers and the Arts and Crafts Movement (2020) won the Historians of British Art award for a single-author book with a subject between 1800-1960 and ...

Dr Daniel Whittingham

Dr Daniel Whittingham

Associate Professor in the History of Warfare and Conflict

I am interested in all aspects of the history of war, but with a particular focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  My research explores British military history, military thought and strategy in this period: in particular, it covers British colonial warfare, counterinsurgency, the First World War and the Second World War. My teaching includes these topics, as well as ...

Dr Jonathan Willis

Dr Jonathan Willis

Associate Professor in Early Modern History

I am a historian of the English reformation, with broad interests in the history and theology of late-medieval and early modern Europe. My research explores the religious and cultural history of England over the course of the long sixteenth century, with a particular focus on the impact of religious change on the lived experiences of ordinary people.

 

Dr Simon Yarrow

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. I am also the Director of Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures.

Dr Shirley Ye

Dr Shirley Ye

Lecturer in Asian History

I am a global historian. I primarily research and teach the history of China.

Honorary staff

Research Fellows and Visiting Scholars