School of History, Classics and Archaeology

History Research

History Research

Newcastle historians are committed to an international and interdisciplinary approach to research.


The History research department at Newcastle comprises more than 30 members of staff, a number of distinguished visiting fellows and a growing community of postgraduate researchers. Our researchers have a high profile with a reputation for producing dynamic and innovative work. The majority of research submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 was officially classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 

Research themes

For historians at Newcastle research is located within five overarching research themes:

Research expertise

Supervision is normally available in the following subject areas:

Conflict, War and Genocide

  • North America (Professor SM Grant, Dr B Baker)
  • Russia and Eastern Europe (Professor S Ghervas, Dr R Dale)
  • Central Europe (Professor T Kirk, Professor D Siemens)
  • Latin America (Dr K Brewster)
  • Spain and Portugal (Dr A Quiroga)
  • Ireland and Northern Ireland (Dr S Ashley, Dr F Campbell, Dr S Campbell)
  • twentieth and twenty-first century Britain (Dr M Farr)
  • modern China (Dr J Lawson)
  • English Civil War and French Revolutionary Wars (Dr R Hammersley)

Gender and Sexuality

  • genders, sexuality, family and marriage in eighteenth-century Britain (Professor H Berry)
  • fertility, birth control and contraception in Greece (Dr V Hionidou)
  • history of imperialism and gender in modern Asia (Dr S Sehrawat)
  • gender, especially masculinity, in the medieval Islamic world (Dr N Clarke)
  • masculinities in early modern Britain; gender in reformation Europe (Dr A Morton)
  • gender and sexuality in eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain (Dr J Andrews)

Global and Postcolonial history

  • history of modern China (Dr J Lawson)
  • history of medieval Japan (Dr P Garrett)
  • history of South Asia; history of colonial India (Dr S Sehrawat)
  • history of the twentieth-century Islamic world, especially Egypt and Sudan (Dr W Berridge)
  • history of the medieval Islamic world (Dr N Clarke)
  • world history, comparative perspectives across medieval Eurasia, Africa and the Americas (Dr S Ashley)
  • race relations in the United States (Professor SM Grant, Dr B Baker, Dr B Houston)
  • British imperial history, especially with regard to landed elites and technological transfer (Dr A Tindley)

Health and Medicine

  • classical, early modern and modern medicine, history of medical history as a discipline and medical humanities (Dr T Rütten)
  • history of death and sepulchral rites in Germany (Dr F Schulz)
  • early modern Britain (Professor J Boulton)
  • mental illness, psychiatry and asylums in early modern and Victorian Britain; social and cultural history of diseases and death; narrative, literature and medicine socio-cultural history of and death/mortality (Dr J Andrews)
  • health, welfare and poverty in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain (Professor J Boulton, Professor H Berry)
  • mental health, psychiatry, asylums and deinstitutionalisation in modern Britain (Dr V Long)
  • history of the body; colonial medicine, military medicine and hospitals in India (Dr S Sehrawat)
  • military medicine in Soviet Russia (Dr R Dale)
  • famines, historical demography, public health, abortion, hospitals, popular medicine, medicine in modern Greece (Dr V Hionidou)
  • healthcare and healthcare politics in modern Britain (Professor G Smith, Dr V Long)
  • history of bodies; history of sexualities and gender; history of venereal disease; public health in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; medical ethics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Dr L Sauerteig, based in the Institute of Health and Society)

Ideas, Religion and Historiography

  • early modern political thought and religious beliefs (Dr R Hammersley)
  • European historiography (Dr L Racaut)
  • Anti-Catholicism in England, 1500-1800 (Dr A Morton)
  • religion and identity, conversion to Christianity between 400-1100AD (Ms AE Redgate)
  • Islamist ideology (Dr W Berridge)
  • Buddhism in medieval Japan (Dr P Garrett)
  • medieval Islamic intellectuals and modern interpretations of the medieval Islamic past (Dr N Clarke)
  • fascist ideology (Dr A Quiroga)
  • religion and psychiatric/medical care (Dr J Andrews)
  • peace and peace-making in modern Europe (Professor S Ghervas)

Labour and Social Movements

  • twentieth-century French and British social and labour history; unemployment; social movements and protest (Dr M Perry)
  • labour and business history in the cotton industry (Dr B Baker)
  • work, health and disability in modern Britain (Dr V Long)
  • the civil rights movement in the United States (Dr B Houston)
  • civil protest and revolution in Egypt and Sudan (Dr W Berridge)
  • labour in modern China (Dr J Lawson)

Oral History, Memory and Place

  • oral history of health and primary care, family and community, ethnicity and migration, public history and memory in twentieth-century Britain (Professor G Smith)
  • social memory and oral history (Dr M Perry, Dr S Campbell)
  • oral history of famines, families, birth control, migration, ethnic Greeks from former Soviet Union, memory of famines (Dr V Hionidou)
  • oral history in twentieth century US history, public history (Dr B Houston)
  • Scottish environmental history and land management (Dr A Tindley)
  • history of the Vikings (Dr S Ashley)
  • Anglo-Saxon England (Ms AE Redgate, Dr S Ashley)

Politics and International Relations

  • modern British politics (Dr M Farr, Dr F Campbell)
  • Anglo-Irish relations (Dr S Campbell)
  • modern Central European politics (Professor D Siemens, Professor Tim Kirk)
  • twentieth century France (Dr M Perry)
  • history of the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth century (Professor SM Grant, Dr B Houston, Dr B. Baker)
  • the politics of culture and sport (Dr K Brewster, Dr C Brewster)
  • maritime history, Russia and East Europe (Professor S Ghervas)

Urban Culture and Mass Media

  • satire and laughter during the ‘long Reformation’ in Britain (Dr A Morton)
  • history of the press in early modern France (Dr L Racaut)
  • history of mass media and journalism (Professor D Siemens)
  • eighteenth century urban cultures in Britain (Professor H Berry)
  • seventeenth century London (Professor J Boulton)
  • urban culture in the Habsburg Empire (Professor T Kirk)
  • twentieth and twenty-first century Britain (Dr M Farr)
  • urban reconstruction in Soviet Russia (R Dale)
  • print and material culture in seventeenth and eighteenth century Britain and France, history of the urban commons (Dr R Hammersley)

Institutes, centres and groups

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a home to many research institutes, centres and groups, which work within diverse areas of humanities and social sciences.

Research in classics and archaeology 

Find out about the School's research in classics and ancient history and archaeology.

The Siege of Acre