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Postgraduate student from the Department of History

We are a leading centre for history postgraduate study at both Masters and PhD level. Become part of our active research community and benefit from the expert teaching and supervision of our academic staff.

Here is a list of current PhD, MPhil and MA by dissertation students undertaking research in our Department.

A list of completed history PhD theses can be found on our Albert Sloman Library catalogue, and are available for consultation upon request.

  • Georgina Bailey - An examination of the words and influence of the Rev. Isaac Taylor (1759-1829) and his immediate family.
  • Elijah Bell - Leisure, society and marginal communities - fairground folk and outdoor pleasure-seeking in Britain 1890-1950.
  • Robert Carberry - The land between two rivers - an exploration of the decision to make Niederschlesien a part of Poland.
  • Frances Casey - Gender Identities and the Role of Needlework in Britain on the Home Front during the First World War, 1914-1918.
  • Fangfei Chen - The structure and use of photography by photojournalists during China's Cultural Revolution.
  • Ryan Clarke - Strategic resettlement during the Zimbabwean Liberation War (1972-1980).
  • Joanna Crosby - An investigation of the social and cultural history of the apple during the Victorian era (1837-1901), with consideration of how its status influenced, and was affected by, its commercial value.
  • Stephen Dickens - Was the eighteenth century a "golden age for the aged". Provision of welfare support to the elderly within the wider national context and a comparison to the elderly not living in poverty.
  • Scott Fenn - Characterising the relationship between Nazi Germany and her South Eastern allies 1939-45.
  • Robert Foulkes - A manly and pious man? Representations and traits of manliness and Quaker notions of masculinity in Essex and East Anglia, c. 1650-1740.
  • Hannah Froom - Body, Self and Family: Women's Psychological, Emotional and Bodily Health in Britain, c. 1960-1990.
  • Ben Fuggle - Disputed frontiers. Entangled territories between Spanish and British rule in colonial Central America.
  • Jessica Fure - John of Gaunt and his position in public memory.
  • Michael Garland - The English Morris traditions.
  • Peter Good - Factories of empire: the British in Baghdad and the Persian Gulf c.1620-1822.
  • Catherine Hickman - How successful were the procedures instituted by the Army during the First World War, to improve the health of the troops, implemented by the soldiers and the medical officers?
  • Helen Kemp - The intellectual circle of Thomas Plume (1630-1704).
  • Percy Lomax - Why did the Co-operative movement go into decline after the Second World War with reference to London and Eastern England?
  • Jiarong Lu - Recreation from British style to Shanghai style
  • Sarah Marshall - The Cultural memory and legacy of Britain's Cold War.
  • Andrew McIntosh - Reactions to the Russian Revolution in British Culture, 1916-1926.
  • Angela Miller - The workhouse system in Suffolk, from the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, to its takeover by the Local Government Board in 1871.
  • Philip Newby - The investigation of the activities of Presbyterian Clergy, Congregations and lay Patrons who remained within the established Church between 1660 and 1689 in the Diocese of Norwich.
  • Randa Sellali - Slavery in Hollywood films: Representation and Perception.
  • Michael Sewell - The meanings of modern commemoration of the British civil wars in the 1640s.
  • Simon Sherratt - Re-evaluation, and re-contextualisation, of the radical voices that spoke out against the expansion of the National Debt between 1792 and 1815.
  • Claire Sims - Rising above social and racial barriers; the central role of women in the Environmental Justice Movement in America.
  • Lewis Smith - Ahead in the skies: British State-Owned Airlines and the Perceptions of British Power in the Post-war Jet Age.
  • Chris Timms - The culture of international development in the United Kingdom, 1945-2000.
  • Alice Violett - The British only child between 1850 and 1950.
  • Nicolle Watkins - Women under the jackboot: representations of women in the public history of the Channel Islands occupation.
  • Julie Wing - Colchester Botanic Gardens 1823-1851: The history of the gardens; the people who created the gardens and the growth of horticulture within Colchester.
  • Yang Yang - The struggles of Chinese Trotskyism in the 1970-1980s, a historical and discourse analysis.