School of History

PAST AND CURRENT THESES

This page lists Queen Mary students’ PhD research theses, past and present.

We are proud of the significance of our doctoral students’ excellent research.

The historical diversity and richness of our students’ topics show how dynamic the School of History is for graduate researchers.

Current theses

Below is a selection of our current PhD theses, listed alphabetically by author:

  • Adam Broadbent, The Politics of Monetarism 1978-1987, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Adrian Garvey, Performance, Stardom and Agency in the Transatlantic Career of James Mason British and American Film History of the 1940/1950s, supervised by Dr Mark Glancy and Dr Charles Drazin
  • Adrian Ridler, The British Campaign in Palestine, 1916-18, supervised by Dr Dan Todman
  • Alexandra Chadwick, Mind, action and politics: Thinking through Hobbes, supervised by Professor Quentin Skinner
  • Alun Evans, Private Office since 1945, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Alycen Mitchell, Sotheby’s and Christie’s rise to international pre-eminence 1956-2006, supervised by Professor Donald Sassoon
  • Amelia Jackson, André-Charles Boulle as a Collector of Prints and Drawings, supervised by Professor Colin Jones and Professor Evelyn Welch
  • Anais Pedron, Public women in last 18th century Paris: actresses, courtesans, feminists, supervised by Professor Colin Jones
  • Andrew Arends, An economic history of association football 1960-2010, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Andrew Buck, The crusader principality of Antioch as a frontier society, 1130-1193, supervised by Dr Thomas Asbridge
  • Anna Motyczka, Jews and Catholics in Communist Poland, 1944-1968, supervised by Professor Christina von Hodenberg
  • Antonia Brodie, Noblemen and furnishing the home 1650-1730, supervised by Professor Amanda Vickery
  • Belinda Guthrie, There's no room for the perfect knight in Jerusalem': The Portrayal of Knights during the Era of the Crusades, supervised by Dr Tom Asbridge
  • Bob Green, Challenge and Crisis: The Carter Administration and Domestic Policy, 1977-81, supervised by Professor Mark White
  • Callum Barrell, Democratic citizenship and the philosophy of history in classical utilitarianism, supervised by Professor Richard Bourke and Professor Gareth Stedman Jones
  • Catherine Rose, The Experience of Childhood in Mamluk Society (Egypt & Syria, 1250-1517), supervised by Dr Yossi Rapoport
  • Cecil  Reid, A Society in Transition: Jews in the Kingdom of Castile from Settlement to Expulsion (1248-1492), supervised by Professor Miri Rubin
  • Charlotte Faucher, The history of the Institut Français in London (1910-), supervised by Professor Julian Jackson and Lane (French Embassy)
  • Craig Griffiths , Competing Emancipations: The West German Gay & Lesbian Movement in the 1970s German History - 1970s, supervised by Professor Christina von Hodenberg
  • Dana Smith, The Jüdischer Kulturbund in Deutschland: Jewish Cultural Life and the Creation of ‘Jewish’ Identity Under Nazism, 1933-1938, supervised by Dr Daniel Wildmann
  • Daniel Callwood, Trois milliards de pervers: transnational exchanges in France's 'gayliberation moment' 1968-82, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson 
  • David Harrap, The Place of Eden and the Wilderness in the Early Modern Mind, supervised by Professor Miri Rubin and Dr Alfred Hiatt 
  • Dionysus Georgiou, Carnivals in Greater London, 1890-1914: Locality, Leisure and Voluntary Action on the Metropolitan Periphery, supervised by Professor Gareth Stedman Jones
  • Eleanor Betts, Children Who Kill: A Study of Responses towards Children who were Charged with Killing Offences, 1816-1908, supervised by Dr Rhodri Hayward and Dr Thomas Dixon
  • Eleanor O'Keeffe, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mobilisation: British Militarised Communities and the Great War, c.1919-1939, supervised by Dr Dan Todman
  • Elizabeth Gray, Emotions and Insanity in man and animals - a nineteenth-century Comparative Psychology, supervised by Dr Rhodri Hayward
  • Ella Kilgallon, Emotional Expression and Communication in Medieval Mysticism:Angela of Foligno, supervised by Professor Miri Rubin
  • Eoghan Moran, An Entangled History of the French and Spanish Popular Fronts, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson
  • Evangelos Sakkas, Classical Republicanism and the British Debate on the American Revolution, 1763-1783, supervised by Professor Richard Bourke
  • Francesco Renzetti, The Risorgimento in Transnational Context. Italian Political Exiles in Paris from 1831 to 1848, supervised by Dr Maurizio Isabella
  • Gabriel Wick, Landscapes of Conscience: reform, liberalism and the transformation of the aristocratic landscape in France, 1770-1792, supervised by Professor Colin Jones
  • George Giannakopoulos, AJ Toynbee's theory of history and the Greco-Turkish imbroglio, supervised by Dr Georgios Varouxakis
  • Ghada Rifai, British Economic Policy in Palestine, supervised by Dr James Ellison
  • Gregory Roberts, Wicked William - The very public life of a Regency Rake, supervised by Professor Amanda Vickery
  • Iain Wilton, The 1951 Festival of Britain, supervised by Dr Helen McCarthy
  • Ian Kikuchi, British film propaganda and the war against Japan 1941-1946, supervised by Dr Dan Todman
  • Itay Lotem, Colonialism and Memory in Britain and France, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson
  •  Jacob Smith, Victoria's War on Terror: The British Empire's hunt for Nana Sahib and utilisation of covert intelligence operations, supervised by Dr Kim Wagner
  • James Southern, Diversity, Difference and Generational Change in the British Diplomatic Service, supervised by Dr Helen McCarthy
  • James Wilson, Did the arrival of the crusaders in the Levant signal the beginning of a new type of conflict: northern Syria 1055-1154, supervised by Dr Tom Asbridge
  • Jane Mackelworth, Meanings of home, love, belonging and selfhood for women in relationships together, 1900-1960, with a key focus on Vera 'Jack' Holme and friends, supervised by Dr Rhodri Hayward
  • Jennifer Adlem, The anxious animal: The development and re-purposing of separation anxiety in the twentieth-century, supervised by Dr Rhodri Hayward
  • John Edward Blockley, A Storm before the Calm? French Anglophobia before the 1904 Entente Cordiale, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson
  • Joseph Cronin, After the Schonzeit: Jewish life in Germany since 1979, supervised by Dr Daniel Wildmann
  • Julia Bourke, Caritas: Emotion and Religious Experience in Twelfth-Century Cistercian Communities, supervised by Professor Miri Rubin
  • Julia Nicholls, The Paris Commune and French Revolutionary Thought, c.1871-1889, supervised by Professor Gareth Stedman Jones
  • Kate Connelly, Marx, Engels and the urban poor, supervised by Professor Gareth Stedman Jones
  • Katherine Rossy,Solving the Postwar Puzzle: Perspectives on the Evolution of Occupation Culture and Policy in the French Zone of Occupation in Post-Nazi Germany, 1945- c. 1955, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson
  • Kerrie Holloway, British Volunteers in Refugee Camps at the End of the Spanish Civil War, supervised by Dr Helen McCarthy and Dr Dan Todman
  • Lauren Mulholland, Jerusalem in the Medieval Imagination, 1100 – 1300, supervised by Professor Miri Rubin
  • Lindsay Aqui, Britain and Europe: Membership, Renegotiation and Referendum in the 1970s, supervised by Dr James Ellison
  • Lisa Renken, Leitsungsgesellschaft (meritocracy) in the Third Reich and the Federal Republic of Germany, supervised by Professor Christina von Hodenberg
  • Marialana Wittman, La maladie honteuse: Venereal Disease in France, 1736-1789, supervised by Professor Colin Jones
  • Mark Sampson, The Soccer Industry since 1970, supervised by Dr Martyn Frampton
  • Matthew Champion, The Fullness of Time: Temporalities of the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries, supervised by Professor Miri Rubin
  • Michail Sotiropoulos, The Faculty of Law of the University of Athens in the 19th century (1837-1910): European intellectual networks and the formation of a national intellectual elite, supervised by Dr Georgios Varouxakis and Dr Maurizio Isabella
  • Milan Zonca , Authority and Deviance in Medieval Western Jewry, supervised by Professor Miri Rubin
  • Nicolas Stevenson, France and el Primer Franquismo (1942-45): Conflict and Continuity, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson 
  • Nigel Ritchie, The origins of Marat's revolutionary persona and the creation of a new form of political journalism, supervised by Professor Colin Jones
  • Omar Anchassi, The Modern Crisis of Islamic Religious Epistemology: An Examination of the Reform Methodologies of Three Contemporary Scholar-Activists, supervised by Dr Yossi Rapoport
  • Paul Davidson, Capturing the Whirlwind: Paris Depicted through the Medium of Revolutionary Prints, supervised by Professor Colin Jones
  • Paul Harper, Théodore Géricault and the Space of Paris, supervised by Professor Colin Jones
  • Paul Sims, Disaster, memory, and the emergence of environmentalism in Britain, 1967-88, supervised by Dr Helen McCarthy
  • Phil Aylett, Shaping the constitution: the role of select committees, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Rafaelle Nicholson, Women's Cricket in Britain, 1945-2000, supervised by Dr Helen McCarthy
  • Rebecca O'Neal, Memory, Passions and the Cognitive Physiology of Thomas Willis, supervised by Dr Thomas Dixon and Dr Elena Carrera 
  • Richard Firth-Godbehere, European Philosophical and Medical Understandings of Aversion, Abomination and Disgust, 1517- 1764, supervised by Dr Thomas Dixon
  • Richard Smittenaar, The International Sphere in Victorian Conservative Political Thought, supervised by Dr Georgios Varouxakis
  • Robin Carlile, The ‘journées’ of Germinal and Prairial in the Year 3: origins, participation and repression, supervised by Professor Colin Jones
  • Ruth Mather, Political Radicalism, Domesticity and Material Culture in Britain, 1789-1832, supervised by Professor Amanda Vickery
  • Ryan Ross, Gender, Health and Home in Postwar Britain: A Study of the Role of the Home in the Emotional Health of Men, c.1945-1970, supervised by Dr Rhodri Hayward
  • Samantha Shammai, Sedition and Treason in the Press, late 17th - early 18th century English, supervised by Professor Michael Questier and Professor John Miller
  • Sara Hiorns, Representing and Belonging: Social and Cultural Change in the British Diplomatic Service since 1945, supervised by Dr Helen McCarthy
  • Sarah Crook, Women and depression in post-war Britain, supervised by Dr Rhodri Hayward
  • Sarah Drew, Varium et Mutabile Semper Femina: Therapies for the treatment of menstrual mood disorders in the 1930's, supervised by Dr Rhodri Hayward
  • Seamus Flaherty, From the Democratic Federation to the Socialist League: the political thought of some late-Victorian socialists, supervised by Professor Gareth Stedman Jones
  • Signy Gutnick Allen, Crime and Punishment in the Work of Thomas Hobbes, supervised by Professor Quentin Skinner
  • Stephen Bennett, Elite participation in the Crusades, supervised by Dr Thomas Asbridge
  • Stephen Fein, Anti-Communism of the French state in the interwar years: the Police des étrangers, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson
  • Stephen Spencer, Creating the Crusader and vilifying the enemy: The representation and function of emotion in the sources for the Crusades, 1095-1291, supervised by Dr Thomas Asbridge
  • Susan Haines, Gender and religious Dissent 1660-1720, supervised by Professor John Miller
  • Tessa Chynoweth, Domestic Servants and Domestic Space in Early Modern England, supervised by Professor Amanda Vickery

 

Past theses

Listed below is a selection of our past PhD history theses, listed alphabetically by author:

  • Tul Israngura Na Ayudhya, Performing masculinities: meanings and cultural practices of manhood in Eighteenth-Century England, with special reference to domesticity and familial relationships, supervised by Professor Amanda Vickery
  • Patrick Baker, A comparative history of the Spanish and Portuguese communist parties, 1974-85, supervised by Professor Donald Sassoon
  • Philip Baldwin, Pope Gregory X and the Crusades, supervised by Dr Thomas Asbridge
  • Chiara Beccalossi, The construction of scientific knowledge regarding female ‘sexual inversion’: Italian, English and American psychiatry compared, supervised by Professor Daniel Pick
  • Ian Blake Beesley, Governing the Ungovernable - Sir John Hunt as Cabinet Secretary, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Lorraine Blakemore, A public showcase for the British Film Institute: analysis of the origins, development and cultural impact of the Museum of the Moving Image (1988 - 1999), supervised by Professor Geoffrey S Nowell-Smith
  • Charlotte Bolland, The Italianisation of the English Court, supervised by Professor Kate Lowe
  • Heather Campbell, Bolshevism, Islamism, Nationalism: Britain's Problems in South Asia, 1918-1923, supervised by Dr Jon Smele
  • Simon Case, British Foreign and Defence policy towards Germany, 1947-64, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Dionysios Chourchoulis, The Southern flank of NATO, 1952-58, supervised by Dr James Ellison
  • Martin Cohen, The eclipse of ‘Elegant Economy’: Post-war changes in attitudes to personal expenditure, supervised by Dr Peter Catterall
  • Matthew Cooper, The Labour party and the quest for a 'civilised society' in the 1960s, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Rob Dale, Life After War: The Demobilisation And Postwar Adjustment Of Red Army Veterans In Leningrad And The Leningrad Region 1944-1950, supervised by Professor Catherine Merridale
  • Morgan Daniels, Political Humour 1945-1997, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Eleanor Davey, Tiers-mondisme & sans-frontierisme in twentieth century France, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson
  • Jon Davis, The reform of British central government 1962-74, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Peter Davies, Detecting strategic decline: British intelligence assessment of the Soviet Union, 1964-91, supervised by Dr James Ellison and Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Sarah Duncan, The stables of the Italian Renaissance Courts and Theories of Stable Management, supervised by Professor Kate Lowe
  • Alex Fairfax-Cholmeley, Justice, the State and the individual during the terror, France 1793-5, supervised by Professor Colin Jones
  • Stefanie Freyberg, The International Dimension of the SPD and the PCI: Europe, the Cold War and Détente, supervised by Professor Donald Sassoon
  • Daniel Furby, Britain's Entry to the European Community, 1967-73, supervised by Dr James Ellison
  • Matthew Grant, Civil defence in Cold War Britain, 1945-68, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Catherine Haddon, British intelligence assessments of Soviet nuclear intentions and capabilities, 1945-75, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Robert Henderson, Vladimir Burtsev and the Russian revolutionary emigration: Surveillance of foreign political refugees in London, 1891-1905, supervised by Dr Jonathan Smele
  • Mark Honigsbaum, The Great Dread: the ‘Russian’ influenza in the United Kingdom, 1889-1901, supervised by Dr Rhodri Hayward
  • Rosaleen Hughes Governing in hard times: Governments and crisis management in the 1970s, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Kati Ihnat, Jewish Stereotypes in 12th Century North-Western Europe, supervised by Professor Miri Rubin
  • Asa Jansson, The Creation of 'Disordered Emotion': Melancholia as Biomedical Disease, c. 1840-1900, supervised by Dr Thomas Dixon
  • Elliott Karstadt, The power of interests in early-modern English political thought, supervised by Professor Quentin Skinner
  • Suzy Knight, Objects of piety: Private devotion in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Florence, supervised by Professor Kate Lowe
  • Matthew Laban, The speaker of the House of Commons: The office and its holders since 1945, supervised by Peter Hennessy
  • Tracey Loughran, Shell shock and the persistence of tradition, supervised by Professor Daniel Pick and Professor Michèlle Barrett
  • Antis Loizides, Plato’s Influence on British Utilitarians: The Case of John Stuart Mill, supervised by Dr Georgios Varouxakis and Dr Richard Bourke
  • David Magliocco, Sam Pepys, Public Discourse and Discursive Practices, supervised by Professor John Miller
  • Jack McGowan, Harmony and discord within the English 'Counter-Culture', 1965-1975, with particular reference to the 'Rock Operas' Hair, Tommy, Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar, supervised by Dr Dan Todman and Professor Donald Sassoon
  • Henry Miller, Images of politics: Cartoons, caricatures and popular political images in Britain, c.1830-1880, supervised by Dr Peter Catterall
  • Andrew Moore, Margaret and the Machine, Thatcher and the Civil Service, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy
  • Joel Morley, Examining the Influence of the First World War on Attitudes to Service in the Second World War, supervised by Dr Dan Todman
  • Ed Naylor, The Politics of a Presence: Algerians in Marseille 1962-74, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson
  • Pat Naylor, Artists, Scribes and Patrons: The Enlargement and Embellishment of Two Percy Family Manuscripts in the Early Sixteenth Century, supervised by Professor Virginia Davis
  • Yoshitaka Okamoto, British Foreign Policy towards Europe in the 1970s: Transatlantic Relations and Britain’s New World Role, supervised by Dr James Ellison
  • Joanne Paul, Counselling the Commonwealth: Counsel, Governance and the State in England's Long Sixteenth Century, supervised by Professor Quentin Skinner
  • Eyal Poleg, Mediations of the Bible in Late Medieval England, supervised by Professor Miri Rubin
  • James Rafferty, Politicising Stardom: Jane Fonda, IPC Films and Hollywood, 1977-1982, supervised by Dr Mark Glancy
  • Amanda Raphael, Natural Childbirth in Twentieth Century Britain: The Impact of Alternative Approaches to Birth on Maternity Care from the 1940s to the 1990s, supervised by Dr Peter Catterall
  • Elsa Richardson, Female Madness 1880-1910, supervised by Dr Rhodri Hayward
  • Tsela Rubel, British policies compared: Ireland 1919-22 and Palestine 1939-48, supervised by Professor Richard Bourke and Dr Ian R. McBride
  • Lorenzo Sabbadini, Property and freedom in English political thought, 1640-90, supervised by Professor Quentin Skinner
  • Rosa Salzberg, From printshop to piazza: the dissemination of cheap print in sixteenth-century Venice, supervised by Professor Kate Lowe
  • Antoinette Saxer, The Foe of Freedom - Despoteia in Early Modern Political Thought, supervised by Professor Quentin Skinner
  • Pamela Schievenin, Women politicians and the reform of Italian welfare state, 1948-1975, supervised by Professor Donald Sassoon
  • Tom Sebrell II, Union and Confederate propaganda: How it affected parliamentary and public opinion of the American civil war, supervised by Dr Peter Catterall
  • Jade Shepherd, Victorian Madmen: Broadmoor, Masculinity and the Experiences of the Criminally Insane, 1863-1900, supervised by Dr Thomas Dixon
  • Carol Ann Sibson, Pys tale rymeth hou men in senne bep: a study of vernacular verse pastoralia for the English laity c. 1240-c.1350, supervised by Professor Miri Rubin
  • Gustavs Strenga, Remembrance of the Dead in Late Medieval Livonia, supervised by Professor Miri Rubin
  • Lee Tattershall, British Labour Camps of the Inter War Years, supervised by Dr Peter Catterall
  • Alex Tompkins, Allegiance, resistance and compromise. Catholic participation in, and reactions to, the English Civil War, supervised by Professor Michael Questier
  • David Torrance, United Kingdom-wide constitutional thought since Kilbrandon, supervised by Dr Peter Catterall
  • William Seay, The Huguenots of Colonial Virginia, 1690-1783, supervised by Professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
  • Andrew Smith, Blood and Wine: The Comité Régional d'Action Viticole and the ill-health of M. Occitania, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson
  • Reto Speck, Eastern Europe in Enlightenment Historiography, supervised by Professor Richard Bourke
  • Natalya Vince, To be a moudjahida in independent Algeria: Itineraries and memories of women veterans of the War of Independence 1954-1962, supervised by Professor Julian Jackson
  • Alexandra Wachter, Remembering the siege of Leningrad, supervised by Professor Catherine Merridale
  • Jen Wallis, Unable to give any account of himself': Male experiences of West Riding Asylum, c.1880-1900, supervised by Dr Rhodri Hayward
  • Alban Webb, The BBC's external services and the Cold War, supervised by Professor Peter Hennessy