Dr. Marisa Linton is Associate Professor in history, and she teaches courses on early modern European history, the eighteenth century, the French Revolution and the Enlightenment. She has written extensively on the French Revolution, especially its Jacobin leaders, Robespierre and Saint-Just. Her most recent book is a study of the Jacobins, Choosing Terror: Virtue, French and Authenticity in the French Revolution. She has written for popular history magazines, including History Today, and BBC History. She has appeared on several TV programmes, including ‘Versailles, Palace of Pleasure’, and ‘The Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution’. She is on the editorial board of French Historical Studies and a member of the Sociéte des études robespierristes.
Dr. John Stuart is Associate Professor and also head of the Department of History at Kingston University. He teaches British, British imperial, world and public history. His recent research has focused on the historical interaction of empire and religion. The focus has mainly been on humanitarianism and human rights in the mid-twentieth century. Lately he has also become interested in individual, personal histories in an imperial context. This has led to a journal article about an Englishman in Egypt. He is currently writing the story of another Englishman, in Mozambique. A book chapter on a Scotsman in nineteenth century Zambia will appear in 2015.
Dr. Mark Williams was inspired to study history by an A-Level teacher who brought the British Civil Wars to life. On graduation from Leeds University, and concerned that he should get a ‘proper’ job, he went into primary school teaching. After 15 years working with 5-11 year olds and a stint as a teacher trainer in History at Greenwich University, he realised just how much that first love meant to him. He embarked on a PhD, looking at Anglo-French encounters in the eighteenth-century and their impact on identities. This focus, along with his current teaching on early modern criminality, deviance and punishment, provide the bases for his research. He can frequently be found at the archives up to his elbows in late eighteenth century courts martial cases of sedition, treason and ‘desertion to the enemy’ whilst reflecting on national identifications.
Dr. Jeremy Nuttall is a Senior Lecturer in Modern British History. He enjoys looking at how different features of a historical era, like television, music, politics and values often link together to give that period its character. His teaching, such as on Beatles To Blair, also reflects his interest in connecting the past and the present. At the moment, he is researching people’s opportunities and talents from the 1920s to the contemporary ‘X Factor’ generation. He has written a book on the Labour Party, Psychological Socialism, and a recent article in The Historical Journal about politics and time. He is an enthusiastic follower of the latest debates about British party politics, both historical and current.
Dr. Sue Hawkins is a Senior Lecturer in history. She works on a wide variety of subjects but with interconnecting themes including healthcare, women’s studies and social history; most of which feature in her book, Nursing and Women’s Labour in the Nineteenth Century. Sue is excited about making history accessible to wide audiences using digital technologies, and is associated with a number of web-based projects which do just that. She is also fascinated by connections between the past and the present. A highly successful networking project on women’s historical participation in science (WISRNet; @WomenScienceNet) has been asking how better knowledge of this (hidden) involvement can help us understand problems of female participation and persistence in science today. This subject is particularly dear to Sue’s heart, as she is a member of the so called ‘leaky pipeline’ of women scientists, having originally trained as a scientist herself.
Dr. Craig Phelan is Professor of Modern History. His area of expertise is trade unionism around the world. He is editor of the academic journal Labor History, and he also edits the book series “Trade Unions Past, Present and Future”. He is currently preoccupied with two questions: what is the future of trade unionism? And what has been the role of trade unionism in Africa, specifically French-speaking Africa, since independence? So far in 2014 he has published a co-edited book on radical unions in contemporary Europe and an article on unions in Benin. He is now working on two articles: one on unionism in Burkina Faso, and the other on income equality in Denmark. Craig has appeared on BBC radio and television.
Dr. Steven Woodbridge is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History. His areas of expertise include British and European fascism, the contemporary far right, and the general nature of extremism. He is also interested in political ideas and modern British politics. In addition, he has research interests in local history, together with the history of film in the 20th century. His publications have included articles and chapters on the culture of fascism, the far right and religion, and the response of rightwing extremist parties to the rise of the BNP. More recently, he has contributed a chapter on far right conceptions of history to an edited collection. He is a regular blogger on a variety of historical topics, and oversees the History at Kingston blogsite.
Dr. Rachael Johnson is a historian of the long Eighteenth Century, who focuses on social, leisure, gender and medical history. Her research centres on the history of England’s spas and seaside resorts, and she is currently preparing a monograph on the same topic. As well as being the author of a number of research articles on the historical aspects of leisure in England, she has specialist expertise in the more general history of England. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Professor John R. Davis teaches, supervises and conducts research in the areas of modern British and German history and, in particular, Anglo-German relations. His first monograph, Britain and the Zollverein, 1848-1866 (1997), studied the attitude taken by Free Trade Britain towards the German States in the Nineteenth Century. He has published extensively in academic journals on various aspects of British and German history, and his other monographs have included The Great Exhibition (1999) and The Victorians and Germany (2007). He has also regularly published a guide on obtaining grants for history.