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School of History

Dr Martyn Frampton


Reader in Modern History

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8371
Room Number: ArtsTwo 2.29


I joined Queen Mary in 2009. I have worked primarily in the spheres of modern British and Irish history until now. I also have a burgeoning interest in Anglo-US foreign policy and its role in the development of the modern Middle East and the politics of Islamism.


Research Interests:

The main focus of my previous research has been the strategy, ideology and culture of Irish republican groups. I have also considered the response of the British State to such groups, with specific reference to the conflict in Northern Ireland. And more recently, I have expanded my focus to consider other analogous movements, particularly in the Middle East. My research interests include:

  • Irish Republicanism
  • The use of political violence and its use by non-State actors
  • State responses to anti-State challenges
  • The emergence of Islamism in the twentieth century
  • The functioning of the late British Empire, particularly with reference to Egypt



Articles in Peer-Reviewed Books:

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:



I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • The History of the Muslim Brotherhood
  • Political Islam Anglo-American Foreign Policy in the Middle East
  • The conflict in Northern Ireland
  • The use of political violence
  • The culture of terrorist/insurgent/subversive groups
  • State responses to subversive/violent challenges

Former PhD Students

  • Timothy Riding - Building, Territory and Space in the East India Company’s Western Presidency, c. 1620-1780
  • Eoghan Morgan
  • Ghada Rifai – British Economic Policy in Palestine 1919-1935: Haifa harbour construction, a case study
  • Mark Sampson – The Soccer Industry since 1970

Current PHD Students

  • Claire Green – The Role of Political Music in Northern Ireland's Prisons during the Troubles