Professor Kevin Myers

Kevin Myers

School of Education
Professor in History and Education

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Kevin joined the University of Birmingham in 2000. He teaches social history and education on the BA (Hons) Education programme and he is a member of the editorial boards for the journals, Education Review, History of Education and Paedagogica Historica.

His latest book is entitled : Struggles for a Past: Irish and Afro-Caribbean histories in England 1951-2000


  • PhD
  • PGCertLTHE
  • BSc


Kevin co-ordinates two undergraduate modules and teaches on the MA in Social Research in the College of Social Sciences.

Postgraduate supervision

He supervises PhD students studying subjects such as the history of special education policy, historical perspectives on social mobility and education; comparative studies of education and identity formation in Germany and the United Kingdom; and historical analysis of curriculum development, pedagogy and innovation in relationship to race.

He currently supervises a number of students including the following:

  • Izzy Mohammed - Public archives, Representation and Integration in Post-War, Multicultural Urban Contexts: Birmingham and Manchester
  • Alison Laitner - Discovering Childrens’ Voices and Experiences; Changes from family to institutional care for children and young people with disabilities , Birmingham 1770 to 1870.
  • Kate Spencer-Bennett - Libraries in Women’s Lives


Research interests

  • History of education
  • History/sociology of childhood
  • History and heritage


Selected Publications

Myers, M. and Bhopal, K. (in press 2018) ‘Muslims, home education and risk in British Society’, in Special Issue Educating British Muslims: identity, religion and politics in a neo-liberal era. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39, 2, pp.212-216

Myers, K (2015) Struggles for a Past: Irish and Afro-Caribbean histories in England, 1951-2000. Manchester University Press. Book details

Myers, K (2012) Cultures of history: minority histories and the politics of the past in post-war England in I. Glynn and J. Olaf Kleist (eds) History, Memory and Migrant Incorporation (Palgrave Macmillan): 33-48.

van Drenth, A and Myers, K (2011) Normalising childhood: policies and interventions concerning children and disability in the United States and Europe 1900-1960, Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of History of Education, 47, 6: 719-727 DOI: 10.1080/00309230.2011.621197

Myers, K. (2011) Contesting certification: mental deficiency, families and the state, special issue Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of History of Education, 47, 6: 749-766. DOI: 10.1080/00309230.2011.621199

Myers, K (2011) Faith in History: memory, multiculturalism and the legacies of Empire in post war England, History of Education, 40 (6): 779-793. DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2011.620014

Myers, K and Grosvenor, I (2011) Birmingham Stories: local histories of migration and settlement and the practice of history, Midland History 36 (2): 140-162 (Special issue 'The History of Ethnic Minority Communities in the Midlands'). DOI: 10.1179/004772911X13074595848915

Myers, K and Grosvenor, I (2011) Exploring Supplementary Education: Margins, theories and methods, History of Education, 40 (4): 501-521. DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2010.529835

Grosvenor, I. and Myers, K. (2010). Visions of history, versions of education: assessing the state of the art in the history of education, Jahrbuch fur Historische Bildungsforschung Band 15, 15, 334-352.

Myers, K. (2009) Immigrants and ethnic minorities in the history of education’ in Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, 45, 6, 801-816. DOI: 10.1080/00309230903335710

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