School of History


We are home to a thriving research culture, which engages staff, postgraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, distinguished visiting researchers, and members of the general public.

Our undergraduate teaching is also research-led, meaning that students studying for their first degree will encounter the most up-to-date and exciting developments in the field. The richness and energy of the School as a centre for research excellence can be seen in the following areas:

Our research strategy describes our commitment to the study of History and our development as a group of researchers.

Our historians work within and across three major research groups: Society, Culture and Belief; Emotions, Medicine and Science; and Political Ideas and Practice.

We lead and co-organise several internationally-known research centres, which support interdisciplinary and collaborative research across the faculty of humanities and social sciences. These centres regularly host guest lectures, conferences, and other events led by some of the world’s most important critics and thinkers.

We are engaged in a number of exciting collaborative research projects, and many members of staff collaborate with museums, cultural organisations, universities, schools, and other institutions. We regard these partnerships as central to our efforts to sustain the vitality of History as a subject of research.

Our researchers convene a range of research seminars either in the School or at the Institute of Historical Research. Our students take an active part in choosing speakers and setting agendas for debate. Staff and students also organise seminars in London, and we have hosted many major conferences.

Every staff member is an active researcher, and their pages highlight their current research interests and recent publications. Several members of the school have won prestigious awards for their work. Many have international reputations that extend beyond the specialist scholarly world, and are sought-after experts who make frequent media appearances.

We have also supported more than 13 post-doctoral research fellowships in recent years.