Our academic staff
Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across a range of areas in history. Find out more about their research
interests by reading their staff profiles.
Our Department is internationally recognised for the quality of its research
across a broad range of areas from 1450 to the present. More than two-thirds of
our research was rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the
Members of our Department have a huge variety of research interests, ranging
from social and cultural history to politics and international relations. Themes
of particular interest in research include violence and protest, race, class
formation, nationalism, cultural history, gender, and wars and revolutions.
We have an excellent record of winning research grants from major funding
bodies including the Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Recent projects include:
Our Department contains three research centres:
Our department has a long-standing commitment to Holocaust research and education. Related activities include organising our University's annual
Holocaust Memorial Week, which includes the presentation of the
Dora Love Prize to local schools, as well as
the journal The Holocaust in History and Memory.
See our individual academic staff profiles for full lists of publications by our staff or search our
Our staff also regularly publish work as part of our ongoing research paper series.
In this video, Dr Andrew Priest talks about his research on the rise and fall or the United States of America as a global power and why you
should study history at Essex.
More history research videos
Find out more about our staff research on our Vimeo channel:
We run a regular programme of seminars and conferences
that provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest historical research. You can listen to podcasts of recent seminars on our
history playlist on Soundcloud.
Our postgraduates actively contribute to our research profile. Our list of current PhD theses shows the broad range of
historical research currently being carried out in our Department. You can view
completed history PhD theses in our Albert Sloman Library.
We are a leading centre for history postgraduate study at both Masters and PhD level. Become part of our active research
community and benefit from the expert teaching and supervision of our academic staff.
Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the
Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Lost Manuscripts and Books Reborn is an innovative research project based in the Centre for Bibliographical
History that aims to create a digital catalogue of rare manuscript fragments from book collections across the UK.