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Research

History staff members' research is national, international, and transnational in nature. It spans a thousand years and several continents, utilising a range of methods, from historical biography to large-scale quantitative analyses of migrant populations. Historians at Northumbria have associations with interdisciplinary research, working in particular with specialists in literature, politics, sociology and anthropology. For details on current research, please visit the pages of our History research groups, as well as those of our collaborative research projects.

A number of major book projects are currently underway, including: Tom Lawson, The Last Man: A British Genocide in Tasmania (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014); Joe Hardwick, An Anglican British World: The Church of England and the Expansion of the Settle Empire (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014); Neil Murphy, Negotiating Power: Royal Entries, Municipal Liberties and the Character of the French Monarchy, 1350–1580; Joe Street, Dirty Harry’s America: Harry Callahan, Clint Eastwood and the Conservative Backlash (University Press of Florida); Randall J. Stephens, The Devil’s Music: Christianity and Rock Music since the 1950s; Colin Reid, Irish Protestants in Britain; Gaby Mahlberg, English Republican Exiles in Europe post-1660; Daniel Laqua, Campaigns Beyond Borders: Transnational Activism in Europe, 1870–2001. Please visit the publications page for details on works already in print.  Further to these writing projects, two international journals are edited by Northumbria historians. Randall Stephens is editor of Historically Speaking and Tom Lawson is co-editor of Holocaust Studies.

Members of the History group engage with academic audiences through high-quality publications and presentations at major conferences. Regularly invited to present seminars and keynotes at other universities, the historians at Northumbria also maintain strong network associations with specialists in other countries, from the United States and Canada, to Ireland, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. Details on these research projects and publications are included on staff pages.

Current projects have yielded research and consultancy funding from a wide variety of sources, including the AHRC, ESRC, the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, the Marc Fitch Fund, the Canadian government, the Royal Irish Academy, the Roosevelt Study Center, and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Many of the projects we are involved in attract the interest of future generations of researchers. The historians thus have a growing number of postgraduate students who contribute enormously to the work we do. To explore what our PGR students are working on, please visit the postgraduate research pages. Moreover, fresh, new research training programmes, particularly the recently launched MRes, are designed to strengthen our provision and expand an already lively, engaged postgraduate community.