School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr John Burke

Teaching Fellow in Modern European Hist


I completed my PhD at Newcastle University in 2015 focussing on the remembrance and representation of Britain & the Cyprus conflict of 1974.  My research and teaching interests span a range of topics associated with modern British, European and Cypriot history.  In particular, I have a deep interest in the process of memory and the different means by which individuals and collectives attempt to make sense of the past.  I teach on a range of undergraduate modules at Newcastle.


Modern British, European and Cypriot history.  History and memory, conflict and colonialism, migration and displacement, End of Empire, Oral History.


I have taught on a range of different modules at Newcastle University since 2013. In 2015-2016, I also taught at the University of Sunderland.  The modules I am currently engaged in at Newcastle are:  

HIS1030: Evidence and Argument

HIS2240: Greece from Ancient Times to the Twenty-First Century

HIS2249: Conflict, Colonialism and Conspiracies

HIS3000: Reading History

HIS3020: Writing History

HIS3343: The 'Reluctant Republic': Understanding the Cyprus Problem

HIS8053: Conflict in European History: Case Studies

HIS8105: Reform and Resistance in British History