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History Postgraduate Research Students

History Postgraduate Research Students

Learn about some of the research undertaken by our current postgraduate history students and recent graduates.

Current students

John Bagnall

John’s subject area is history. His PhD project title is 'Britain and the Falklands Crisis: International Perspectives, 1982-1990'. Read more about John’s research.

Jordan Bayley

Jordan Bayley's PhD project title is 'British Histories: The reception of Herodotus’ Histories into British domestic life throughout the long nineteenth century'. Read more about it.

Iain Flood

Iain's subject area is history. His PhD project title is 'Violence and Victimhood: The Effects of Irregular Violence in Civil War Era Missouri'. Read more about Iain's research.

David Johnson

David Johnson's subject area is history. His PhD project title is 'The Feel of Home: Emotions History in the Nineteenth Century British Middle-Class Home'. Read more about David's research.

Alberto Murru

Alberto's subject area is history. His PhD project title is 'The Collaboration between the Political Police of Fascist Italy and the Third Reich'. Read more about Alberto’s research. 

Hannah Reeve

Hannah Reeve's subject area is history. Her PhD project title is 'Maintaining the Parish c.1650-c.1750'. Read more about Hannah's research.

Joseph Ross

Joseph Ross's project is 'The American Civil War in the Age of the Taiping Rebellion: How did the Taiping Rebellion Shape American Ideas About Unification, Reconstruction and Migration?' Read more.

Violeta Tsenova

Violeta's subject area is interdisciplinary spanning history, archaeology, IT, heritage and Digital Cultures. Her project title is 'Critical Making and Innovation Heritage'. Read more.

Timea Solyomvari

Timea's project explores the interaction between professional opinions with popular attitudes towards death and afterlife in the span from the late seventeenth until the nineteenth century.

Hannah James Louwerse

Hannah's project explores Oral History’s Design. Her PhD title is: A creative collaboration. Sustaining visitor (re)use of oral histories on heritage sites: The National Trust’s Seaton Delaval Hall case study.

Harriet Anne Palin

Harriet's project explores the religious education throughout the sixteenth and seventieth centuries. Her PhD title is 'Educating England - The Network of Religious Education: Catechism, Prayer, Preaching & Hymn'.

Yier Xu

Yier Xu is a History research student. Yier's PhD is Medical Pluralism at the Periphery: Health, Modernity and Identity in Guangxi, China, 1920s-1940s.

Joe Redmayne

Joe Redmayne is a History research student. Joe's PhD is Militancy and Whiteness amongst the Working People of County Durham, 1919: A Multi-Occupational Approach.

Craig Thomas

Craig Thomas is a History research student. Craig's PhD is Peer Power: Scotland and northern England under the 5th and 6th dukes of Buccleuch, c.1820-c.1914.

Leanne Smith

Leanne Smith is a History research student. Leanne's PhD is 'No King but Jesus’: The Fifth Monarchist’s idea of a Christian Commonwealth.

Rob Granger

Rob Granger is a History research student. Rob's PhD is 'Manufacturing Consent: Life Under the Later Franco Regime, c.1964 – 1975'.

Katherine Waugh

Katherine Waugh is a History research student. Katherine's PhD is The Industrial Past in the Deindustrialised Present: A Cross-Generational Oral History of County Durham Mining Towns. Read more about Katherine's research here.

Yichi Chen

Yichi Chen is a History research student. Yichi's PhD is The History of Changsha During the Sino-Japanese War, 1938-1945. Read more about Yichi's research here.

Eleanor Gilchrist

Eleanor Gilchrist is a History MPhil research student. Eleanor's project explores the history of the craft of crochet.

Alexandra Plane

Alexandra Plane is a History PhD student. Alexandra's project title is ‘Reconstructing the Library of King James VI and I’.

Recent graduates

Dr Dulma Niroshini Karunarathna

Dulma was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her subject area was social archaeology of gender. Her PhD looked at female representations in late medieval and colonial Sri Lankan visual arts. Read more.

Dr Amy Outterside

Amy was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her subject area was history. Her PhD project title was 'Occupying Puglia: The Italians and the Allies, 1943-1946'. Read more about Amy's research.

Dr Caroline Nielsen

Caroline was awarded her PhD in 2014. Her subject was history and history of medicine. Her PhD was 'The Chelsea Out-Pensioners: Image and reality in 18th century and early 19th century social care.'

Dr Helen McKee

Helen was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her subject area was history. Her PhD project title was 'Negotiating Freedom in the Circum-Caribbean: The Jamaican Maroons and Creek Nation compared'. Read more.

Dr David Lowther

David’s subject area is history. His PhD project title is 'The Reverent Eye: Scientific Visual Culture and The Origins of Modern British Zoology, 1815-1840. Read more about David's research.

Dr Sonja Lapraik

Sonja was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her subject area was history of medicine. Her PhD project title was 'The Hippocrates Portrait in Federico da Montefeltro's Studiolo at Urbino'. Read more.

Dr Mike Langthorne

Mike was awarded his PhD in 2018. Mike's subject area is history. His PhD title is 'Health and Austerity in Depression-era Stockton-on-Tees, 1929-1939'. Read more about Mike's research.

Dr Fiona Jade Howarth

Fiona was awarded her PhD in 2015. Her subject area was history of medicine. Her PhD project title was 'Ludwig Edelstein: Towards an Intellectual Biography'. Read more about Fiona's research.

Dr John Burke

John was awarded his PhD in 2015. His subject area was history. His PhD project title was 'Britain and the Cyprus Crisis of 1974: Conflict, Colonialism and the Politics of Remembrance'. Read more.