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World-leading academics

Research at the School of History feeds into our teaching, so you’ll be learning from leaders in the field.

Not only are our academics leaders in their field, but their enthusiasm and knowledge directly translate into the modules you study and materials you read. Research undertaken at the School of History directly informs our teaching, so you’ll be learning from experts on topics encompassing the history of Islam, the Black Death, gender in politics and history, and the war on terror.

To give you an idea of the people behind the research, here are two academics whose work has had a huge impact – and who you could be taught by.

Professor Amanda Vickery

Professor Amanda Vickery is a renowned cultural historian who you may recognise from the two popular and acclaimed BBC television series she wrote and presented: The Story of Women and Art and Suffragettes Forever: The Story of Women and Power. Based on Amanda’s research, both programs put a spotlight on women in art and politics and attracted a global audience.

Amanda will teach the following modules next year1:

- Angels, Spinsters and Whores: British Women and Gender from Victoria to the Vote (HST5389)

- Nice Girls, Bad Girls and Bitches: British Women and Gender from the Vote to Thatcher (HST5390)

Dr Tom Asbridge 

Dr Tom Asbridge is the author of a bestselling book, The Greatest Knight, which documents the life of celebrated medieval knight, William Marshall. Tom subsequently wrote and presented a BBC Two documentary based on his work, which not only attracted an audience of millions, but also drew critical acclaim in publications including The Guardian and The Times. In 2017, Tom also served as the historical consultant for a major exhibition commemorating Marshal’s victory in the 1217 Battle of Lincoln.

Tom will teach the following modules next year 2:

- The Black Death: A Global History of Catastrophe and Transformation (HST5123)

- Islam and the West in the Middle Ages (HST6106)

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