Staff in History

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 Jonathan Boff

Dr Jonathan Boff

Reader in Modern 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

Lecturer 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

Lecturer in Latin American History

I am an historian of Latin America. My research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian cultural and social history. My current research interests are 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

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

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

Dr Michell Chresfield

Dr Michell Chresfield

Lecturer in United States History

My research interests include cultural and intellectual history, the history of science and medicine, and the history of racial formation and identity making in twentieth century America.

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 ...

Professor Richard Cust

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 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 Malcolm Dick

Dr Malcolm Dick

Senior 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

Senior Lecturer

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

Senior 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

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.

 

Dr Tara Hamling

Dr Tara Hamling

Reader in Early Modern Studies

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 ...

Professor Karen Harvey

Professor Karen Harvey

Professorial Fellow and Professor of Cultural History

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
Head of Department of History

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

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 Sarah Kenny

Dr Sarah Kenny

Teaching Fellow in Modern British History

My research and teaching interests lie primarily in the history of modern Britain, with particular focus on youth culture. My work explores the intersection between the lifestyles and consumption choices of young people and the built environment, considering places such as pubs, nightclubs, and shopping centres. I am currently working on a book about youth culture and leisure in Britain between ...

Dr Simone Laqua-O'Donnell

Dr Simone Laqua-O'Donnell

Senior Lecturer in European History
Deputy Head, Department of History
Co-Director, Children and Childhood Network

I am interested in social, cultural and religious history from the early modern to the modern period (16th - 20th century). I am currently working on two research projects: the first is on global Protestantism and the networks of radical religious communities (a collaboration with Dr. Kat Hill, Birkbeck); the second project is a study of the role of children in Protestant missions in ...

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 Anca Mandru

Dr Anca Mandru

Visiting scholar

My geographical areas of expertise include Eastern Europe, modern Europe and Russia/Soviet Union. I am interested in comparative socialisms and nationalisms, cultural history and the history of science. 

Dr Christopher Markiewicz

Dr Christopher Markiewicz

Lecturer in Ottoman and Islamic History

I am the lecturer in Ottoman and Islamic History  in the Department of History and a member of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies. My research focuses on the intellectual and political history of the Ottoman Empire between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. I am particularly interested in how ideas about history and the nature of kingship in the Ottoman ...

Dr Noah Millstone

Birmingham Fellow

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

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 Mo Moulton

Dr Mo Moulton

Senior Lecturer in the History of Race and Empire

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

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 Jasmin Nithammer

Dr Jasmin Nithammer

Gerda Henkel Research Fellow

I am a historian of modern East Central Europe. My main research interest lies in the international, social and economic history of interwar and postwar Poland.

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 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.

Dr William Purkis

Dr William Purkis

Reader 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

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.

Professor Corey Ross

Professor Corey Ross

Professor of Modern History

I am Professor of Modern History. My primary research interests are in global environmental history and modern European social and cultural history.

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.

Professor Gavin Schaffer

Professor Gavin Schaffer

Professor of British History
Head of School of History and Cultures

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.

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 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

Dr Kate Smith

Senior 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 Katharine Sykes

Dr Katharine Sykes

Lecturer in Anglo-Saxon 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

Lecturer in the History of 19th Century Britain and the Wider World

I am a historian of the 19th and 20th centuries with particular specialisms in the history of work, artistic culture, and women’s lives. My first book Women Art Workers and the Arts and Crafts Movementwas published by Manchester University Press in 2020. My other publications span the history of the suffrage campaigns, the Arts and Crafts movement, historical pageantry, global feminisms, ...

Dr Frank Uekotter

Dr Frank Uekotter

Reader in Environmental Humanities

I am a Reader in Environmental Humanities working on environmental issues, both past and present, in a global context.

Dr Emily Vine

Dr Emily Vine

Research Fellow

I work on the social and religious history of Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a particular interest in the intersection between religion and the body, medicine, and the life course.

Dr Daniel Whittingham

Lecturer 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 ...

Professor Chris Wickham

Professor of Medieval History

I study Medieval history, 400-1250, especially Italy and comparative history

Dr Jonathan Willis

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History

I am a historian of the English reformation, with interests 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

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

Dr John Hunt

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. My current research is focussed particularly on parish churches.

Professor Peter Jones

Emeritus 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).

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.

 

Professor Adrian Randall

Emeritus Professor of English Social HIstory

I studied Medieval and Modern History for a BA in the School of History at Birmingham, inspired by Dorothy Thompson; Economic and Social History for a MA at Sheffield at the feet of Sidney Pollard; and undertook my PhD in Social History in the Department of Economic and Social History back in Birmingham under the supervision of John Harris.

Professor Robert Swanson

Emeritus Professor of Medieval History

I studied for a degree in History at Cambridge University, graduating in 1972. I then stayed at Cambridge for doctoral research, on the activities of European universities in the crisis caused by the division in the papacy between 1378 and 1417. I joined the History Department at Birmingham in October 1979. I retired at the end of December 2016.