Joseph Cozens

Department of History
 Joseph Cozens
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    +44 (0) 1206 873946

  • Location

    5NW.7.12, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Thursdays, 11-12 or by appointment.



I have a longstanding interest in social history, labour history, and popular politics in Britain from the mid-eighteenth century onwards. I studied history at the University of the West of England and took my PhD at the University of Essex (2012-6) under the supervision of Professor Peter Gurney. After teaching at Royal Holloway and the University of Hertfordshire, I have recently rejoined the History Department at the University of Essex as a Lecturer in Modern British History . My PhD research focuses on the social tensions generated by the wars between Britain and France, 1793-1815. My interest in civil-military relations and popular protest has led me to study the socio-political context of the Peterloo Massacre (1819) and the popular memory of the massacre up to the present day.


  • PhD

Teaching and supervision

  • Multicultural Britain: A History (HR102)

  • Hidden Histories: class, gender and the rise of British democracy (HR103)

  • History Works: Beyond Your BA (HR200)

  • Votes for Women! Life and Work for Women in Twentieth Century Britain (public history module) (HR213)

  • Consensus Britain? The State and the People, 1945-79 (HR255)

  • Human Rights in Historical Perspective (HR291)

  • The Common People: British Social History 1830-1950 (HR352)

  • Research Project (HR831)


Journal articles (1)

Cozens, J., (2014). ‘The Blackest Perjury’: Desertion, Military Justice, and Popular Politics in England, 1803-1805. Labour History Review. 79 (3), 255-280

Book chapters (1)

Cozens, JT., (2018). The Making of the Peterloo Martyrs, 1819 to the Present. In: Secular Martyrdom in Britain and Ireland From Peterloo to the Present. Editors: Outram, Q. and Laybourn, K., . Palgrave. 31- 31. 3319629050. 9783319629056

+44 (0) 1206 873946


5NW.7.12, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Thursdays, 11-12 or by appointment.