Department of History

Our academic staff

Academic members of staff

Justin Colson
Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: Trade, merchants and occupational identity in medieval and early modern Europe; Diet, health, and the role of professional medicine in early modern communities; History of cartography, historical mapping, transport and travel; Digital Humanities; Historical Geographical Information Systems (H-GIS);
Joseph Cozens
Lecturer, Department of History
Catherine Crawford
Senior Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: social and cultural history of medicine; criminal justice history; illness and culture; theories of evidence in law and medicine 17th-19th centuries;
Amanda Flather
Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: the organisation of social space; material culture; gender and sexuality; any aspect of the social and cultural history of early modern England;
Thomas Freeman
Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: Medieval and Early Modern Martyrdom; Perceptions of the Middle Ages in the Early Modern Period; Early Modern Historical Writing; Demonic Possession and Exorcism; Early Modern Colchester; Film and History; English Reformation;
Mark Frost
Head of Department - Senior Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: The British Empire in Asia; Print, politics and religion in the Indian Ocean world; War and memory in Asia; Public history;
Matthew Grant
Deputy Dean (Postgraduate Research and Education) (Humanities) and Reader, Department of History
Research interests: British history since 1939; impact of war and conflict on the home front; The cold war and nuclear conflict; Citizenship in Britain;
Alix Green
Lecturer, Department of History
Peter Gurney
Professor, Department of History
Research interests: Consumerism and consumer movements; Popular politics and popular protest; Working-class culture and autobiography;
Laila Haidarali
Lecturer, Department of History
Edward Higgs
Professor, Department of History
Research interests: mainly British history but with international comparisons; quantitative aspects of medical and demographic history; the history of information/communications; the history of surveillance and identification; the development of the modern British state;
Sean Kelley
Senior Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: New World slavery; The transatlantic slave trade; Africans in the Americas; Transnational mercantile networks and connections; Maritime history; Testimony, autobiography, and narrative in African and Atlantic history; Global and transnational approaches to history;
Jeremy Krikler
Reader, Department of History
Research interests: the history of race and class; peasant/agrarian history labour history; comparative history; history of Southern Africa; history of imperialism; the slave trade;
Tracey Loughran
Deputy Dean (Research) (Humanities) and Reader, Department of History
Research interests: Gender, health and medicine; Psychology and psychoanalysis; Mass culture; War and trauma;
Lucy Noakes
Professor, Department of History
Andrew Priest
Senior Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: US foreign policy since c1860; Public opinion and foreign policy; Anglo-American relations;
James Raven
Professor, Department of History
Research interests: Historical, Communications and Cultural Studies after 1500; he is particularly interested in supervising those interested in the history of representations, emotion, humour and cross-cultural relations; hospitality and immigrant and foreign language communities; translation and language learning; the cultural history of loss and the relationship between any of the following material culture, spatial aspects of memory, communications networks, the past in relation to social media and the language of space;
Matthias Rohrig Assuncao
Professor, Department of History
Research interests: History of slavery and post-emancipation societies; Agrarian and peasant history; Political history of Nineteenth and twentieth century Brazil; Latin American popular culture; Capoeira - combat games and martial arts in the Black Atlantic;
Nadine Rossol
Senior Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: German history, especially social and cultural history of Weimar and Nazi Germany; European cultural and urban history; police history;
Alison Rowlands
Professor, Department of History
Research interests: The history of the German, former imperial city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and its rural hinterland, with particular focus on witchcraft, magic, gender, crime, midwifery, religion and the Reformation, prostitution, and the Thirty Years War; The history of gender, with particular focus on masculinity in early modern Germany; The history of witchcraft, magic and witch-persecution in early modern Germany, England, and Europe I am especially interested in these histories in the local contexts of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Franconia in Germany, and Essex and East Anglia in England; The ways in which early modern witch trials are remembered and commemorated in modern culture;
Felix Schnell
Senior Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: Russian and Soviet History in the late 19th and 20th Century; History of Ukraine; War, Violence, and Revolution in 19th and 20th Century Europe;
Lisa Smith
Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: Britain and France, ca 1600-1800; Digital History; Medicine and Science; Supernatural; Body; Gender History;
Xun Zhou
Reader, Department of History
Research interests: History of Chinese Perceptions of Jews,; Social History of Opiates in China,; Material Culture and Everyday life in Modern China (1870-1950),; Social History of Photography in Modern China,; Health and Modernity in 20th Century China a visual history, and; Food and Foodways in China;

Emeritus Professors

Hugh Brogan
Emeritus Professor, Department of History
Research interests: History of the United States, with an emphasis on politics; French history; British history; The life of Arthur Ransome, the children’s writer and liberal journalist;
Brian Hamnett
Emeritus Professor, Department of History
Research interests: Political and cultural history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Mexico and Spain;
Rainer Schulze
Emeritus Professor, Department of History
Research interests: the history of Bergen-Belsen; questions of German collective memory and identity in the twentieth century; the Second World War and forced migration in Europe; continuity and discontinuity in twentieth-century German history; questions of regionalism, regional development and the construction of regional and national identities (esp. in rural regions); the history of the Roma and Sinti in twentieth-century Europe; the history of antiziganism in the post-Second World War period; Holocaust; Genocides; Forced Migrations in the twentieth century; Roma in twentieth-century Europe; Individual Memories, Group Memories, and Collective Memory in post-Second World War Germany; Continuity and change in twentieth-century German history; Germany and her neighbours in the twentieth century;
John Walter
Emeritus Professor, Department of History
Research interests: Early modern British history (political, social, religious, cultural, economic); Early modern political culture that seek to integrate social or cultural history with political history;