School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Sarah Campbell

Lecturer in British/Irish History



I am a historian of modern Ireland and Britain, focusing on the conflict in Northern Ireland. My research interests include social movements, oral history, protest, memory, and political violence. I joined the School of History, Archaeology and Classics in 2012. I previously lectured in the School of History and Archives in University College Dublin. 


PhD in History, University College Dublin (2010)

MA in Modern Irish history, University College Dublin (2006)

BA (Hons) in History and Philosophy, University College Dublin (2003)

Roles and Responsibilities

Jan 2019-present: Impact coordinator for History

2016-2018: Marketing coordinator for HCA

2015: Peer mentoring

2012-2013: History Research Seminar coordinator


Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), Government of Ireland scholarship 2007-2010 (€48,000)

Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) bursary, 2012 (€2,000)

Faculty Research Fund, Early career, 2014 (£2,520)

Newcastle Institute of Social Renewal, 2016 (£1,250)

Faculty Impact Fund (ESRC and Faculty), 2019 (£12, 610.60) 


My research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth century Irish history, Anglo-Irish relations, political violence, oral history, social movements and protest, memory, and social and cultural history. My monograph, Gerry Fitt and the SDLP: 'In a minority of one', was published in 2015 and examines the heterogeneity and evolution of nationalism in Northern Ireland during the 1970s. Using a wide range of archival sources, including government papers, party papers, newspapers, material in the Northern Ireland Political Collection, and oral history, the research examined the constitutional and non-constitutional tactics of the minority community in Northern Ireland, as well as British government responses, to investigate the changing dynamics of conflict in this formative decade of the ‘Troubles’, and outlined how the minority community attempted to articulate an alternative political vision for themselves.

I have also written on different aspects of the history of Northern Ireland including Protestant identities and collective action in the 1970s and 1980s, which takes a social movement approach to explore how the contingent and ever-evolving political contexts, opportunities and threats shaped the trajectory of the Troubles. I have published in Irish Historical StudiesIrish Political Studies and have contributed to several edited collections on the ideology and social dynamics of the SDLP, Anglo-Irish relations, the ethnic-religious character of the state, and the nature of Irish nationalism, which is also the focus of my undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. 

My current research focuses on the civil rights movement and the 1968 generation in Northern Ireland and will utilise oral history to examine how the movement is remembered. In late 2019, I will be starting an impact project in partnership with Linking Generations Northern Ireland to explore an intergenerational approach to remembering the civil rights movement. 

The North-East is a growing hub for Irish history, and at Newcastle University we have a cross-disciplinary and dynamic Irish Studies community with strong links to the Tyneside Irish Centre. I would welcome postgraduate research students in any area of twentieth century Irish history, particularly the conflict in Northern Ireland. I would also welcome students interested in social movements, protest, memory, and/or oral history. 

Current PhD Students:

Jack Hepworth (REA funded), 'The Heterogeneity and Evolution of Irish Republicanism, c.1969-c.1994'

John Bagnall, 'Britain and the Falklands Crisis: International Perspectives, 1982-1990'


Module leader:

HIS2219 Oral History and Memory

HIS2002 Fatal Allies: Anglo-Irish Relations 1798-1998

HIS3232 Northern Ireland since 1969


HIS1044 Aspects of British History

HIS3020 Dissertations

HIS8150 Reform and Resistance in British History

HIS8025 Pathways in British History

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