Our research

Historian in focus

Matthias Rohrig Assuncao

Over the next few months we'll be focusing on a different member of our Department. This month we take a look at Professor Matthias Röhrig Assunção and his work on the history of Capoeira.

We are internationally recognised for the quality of our 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 research interest include gender, health and medicine, political cultures and the quest for citizenship, new perspectives on the early modern world, popular culture, and memory and life stories.

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:

More about our research

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.

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.

Our academic staff

Dr Nadine Rossol

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.

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).

Watch our videos

Screenshot from student interview video

Watch a taster lecture, hear our students’ opinions of their study experience and see our staff talking about their latest research. Our videos will show you the passion and enthusiasm that we offer.