Our research

Our academic staff

Professor Rainer Schulze

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 REF 2014.

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.

Research projects

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:

Research centres

Our Department contains three research centres:

Holocaust research

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 research repository. Our staff also regularly publish work as part of our ongoing research paper series.


A passion for football, combined with being told she couldn't play because she was a woman, was enough to ignite Professor Alison Rowlands' shining career as an authority on gender history.

Verses and Cudgels was written and directed, as a joint project, by Dr Matthias Assunção. The film documents stick playing and its insertion into the Afro-Brazilian culture in the Paraíba valley.

Research seminars

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.

Postgraduate research

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.

ECBH website

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Visit our Essex Centre for Bibliographical History website for more information about us and the latest news about our research, current projects and upcoming events.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate student from the Department of History

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.

AHRC funding

PhD student in library

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

Lost Manuscripts

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.