The historians of the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London pursue their research independently and in collaboration within and between a series of well established and highly reputed research groups.
Historical research groups
Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern
The study of medieval, renaissance and early modern history at Queen Mary is world-renowned, with a range of prominent scholars working on topics encompassing emotions, gender, material culture, politics, race, religion and war.
Tom Asbridge – The Crusades: the War for the Holy Land.
Virginia Davis – William Wykeham: A Life.
Peter Denley – Later Medieval Europe, 1250-1520 (with Daniel Waley).
Susan Edgington – Albert of Aachen’s History of the Journey to Jerusalem.
Colin Jones CBE – Paris. The Biography of a City.
Kate Lowe – Black Africans in Renaissance Europe.
Andrew Mendelsohn – 'Case and Series: Medical Knowledge and Paper Technology, 1600-1900'.
Eyal Poleg – Approaching the Bible in Medieval England.
Yossef Rapoport – Marriage, Money and Divorce in Medieval Islamic Society.
Miri Rubin – Mother of God: a History of the Virgin Mary.
Barbara Taylor – Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination.
Amanda Vickery – Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England.
Modern and Contemporary
Modern and contemporary history at Queen Mary has a long and impressive pedigree. Currently our scholars (ten of whom are professors), research and write across four geographical areas (America, Britain, Europe and Imperial/World history), incorporating cultural, gender, film, international, military, political and social history, and the history of emotion, medicine and science.
Richard Bourke – Peace in Ireland: the War of Ideas.
Martyn Frampton – Legion of the Rearguard: Dissident Irish Republicanism.
Rhodri Hayward – The Transformation of the Psyche in British Primary Care, 1880-1970.
Peter Hennessy – Distilling the Frenzy.
Daniel Peart – ‘Looking Beyond Parties and Elections’.
Robert Saunders, Democracy and the Vote in British Politics, 1848-1867.
Quentin Skinner – Hobbes and Republican Liberty.
Jonathan Smele – The `Russian' Civil Wars, 1916-1926: Ten Years That Shook the World
Gareth Stedman Jones – The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Political Thought (edited with Gregory Claeys).
Tilli Tansey OBE – History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group.
Dan Todman – The Great War: Myth and Memory.
Georgios Varouxakis – Liberty Abroad: J.S. Mill on International Relations.
Kim Wagner – The Great Fear of 1857.
Mark White – Kennedy: A Cultural History of an Icon.
Thematic Research Groups
Society, Culture and Belief
We are home to one of the most dynamic groups of historians in Britain of Society, Culture and Belief. This work is mainly within two research sub-themes:
Identities in Religious Cultures includes research in the medieval and early modern eras, covering religious conflict and devotion through individual research projects and collaborations through funded projects such as Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Islam and the West. Staff working on this theme include Tom Asbridge, Federico Botana, Caroline Bowden, Virginia Davis, Peter Denley, Sue Edgington, Kate Lowe, Eyal Poleg, Michael Questier, Yossef Rapoport and Miri Rubin.
In the early modern era, Consumption, Material and Visual Culture sees the history of the book, of caricatures, and of consumption, objects and space, especially in the eighteenth century where the School has particular expertise through the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. Staff working on this theme include Joanna Cohen, Colin Jones CBE, Kate Lowe, Eyal Poleg and Amanda Vickery.
Emotions, Medicine and Science
We have developed notable expertise in the study of the history of Emotions, Medicine and Science. Thomas Dixon is the director of the interdisciplinary Centre for the History of the Emotions, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust. This means that our historians now play a leading national and international role in developing our understanding of emotions over time. This research overlaps with the history of medicine and science, where we specialise in two areas. We also support Papertechnology, the study of how physicians have learned their craft from 1500 to 1960.
Political Ideas and Practice
We have an internationally recognised reputation for the study of politics, both in history of ideas and political thought and the history of the practice and consequences of politics. Our expertise in political thought covers major thinkers such as Burke, Hobbes and Marx and also nineteenth-century liberalism, utopian socialsm and Victorian internationalism. We also lead the interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought.
We are particularly renowned for our strength in modern and contemporary political history. The history of Britain is one of our specialities where we study all eras from the Victorian to the present, from all historical approaches. We have a founding relationship with the Mile End Institute. Our European historians are international figures with particular expertise in the history of modern France, Germany and Russia. We have expertise in modern European Jewish history through our connection with the Leo Baeck Institute.
We also have historians of modern America who work on its politics and culture; and experts in global history, particularly the history of Africa and Asia.
Staff working in modern and contemporary British history include Thomas Dixon, James Ellison, Martyn Frampton, Rhodri Hayward, Peter Hennessy, Helen McCarthy, Robert Saunders, Dan Todman, Gareth Stedman Jones, Georgios Varouxakis and Kim Wagner.