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Noted for depth, breadth and innovation, the research output of our historians covers a vast range of topics

Our research expertise extends from ancient to contemporary times; Britain to America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia; and from political history to economic, medical and environmental history. The History Department has particular strengths in researching culture and politics; identities; gender and power; and ideas, belief and societies.

History researchers

In the most recent evaluation exercise, we were ranked joint first among UK History departments for research with impact of the highest 4* and 3* quality, with 72% of our research judged as ‘world leading’ and 'internationally excellent'. (REF, 2014)

We have more than 30 research-active staff and over 100 PhD students, making us one of the largest History departments in the UK. 

Our academics publish scholarly books and edit and contribute to learned journals and historical broadcasts on tv and radio worldwide.

research centres

We are engaged in ground breaking research through our research centres:

  • Bedford Centre for the History of Women
  • Centre for Minority Studies
  • Centre for South Asian Studies 
  • Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture
  • Hellenic Institute
  • Holocaust Research Institute
  • Postcolonial Research Group
  • London Centre for Public History
History research projects

Our projects receive funding from sources such as the AHRC, British Academy and Leverhulme Foundation. These include:

  • At Home in the Institution? Asylum, School and Lodging House Interiors
  • Healthy Homes, Healthy Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy
  • Studies in Theophanes Chrysobalantes de curation
  • An Encomium on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I by George Etheridge

  • Rivers divided: the Partition of South Asia and water politics in India and Pakistan
research lectures

We run a programme of open seminars throughout the year where we discuss and share our research more widely.

We also host public lectures such as:

  • Our annual Hayes-Robinson public lecture celebrating History here. In March 2016, Professor William C Jordan (Princeton) spoke on'The Jews and the First Crusade: Conversion and Martyrdom'
  • Our annual David Cesarani Holocaust Memorial Lecture. In 2017 Professor Michael Rothberg (UCLA) spoke on 'Inheritance Trouble: Migration and Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Germany''


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