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History Research

History research at Northumbria spans more than 700 years, and six continents. Our expertise ranges from the study of medieval France and Spain to contemporary US history and politics. We are a team of 26 historians, including two early career fellows funded by the Leverhulme Trust. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, History at Northumbria ranked 18th amongst History departments nationally for the quality of our publications.

Our research is organised around five research groups: American Studies; British and Irish Worlds; Histories of Activism; Environmental Humanities; and the Medieval and Early Modern Research Group. Through our research groups we share work in progress, build links with our national and international networks, and engage with external partners and public audiences.


Some of our current collaborative projects include:

‘Past Flooding Matters’, an AHRC-funded project led by Leona Skelton with colleagues at the Universities of Manchester and Hull, in collaboration with the Environment Agency and the Association of Drainage Authorities

‘British Ex-Service Students and the Rethinking of Europe, 1919–1926’, an AHRC-funded project led by Daniel Laqua in partnership with the Institute of Education, the National Union of Students, and the Workers Educational Association

‘Trading Places: Exploring Scotland’s Commercial Diaspora Past and Present’, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and led by Tanja Bueltmann with the National Museum of Scotland


Among our recent publications are the following monographs:

Connal Parr, Inventing the Myth: Political Passions and the Ulster Protestant Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Julian Wright, Socialism and the Experience of Time (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Brian Ward, Martin Luther King in Newcastle: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England (Tyne Bridge Publishing, 2017).

Randall Stephens, The Devil’s Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock and Roll (Harvard University Press, 2018).


We have a thriving postgraduate community, whose members take the lead in a range of North East PGR networks and initiatives, including HistoryLab North East, CNCS (the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies), and the annual Summer Speaker Series at Newcastle’ Mining Institute. We offer a dynamic postgraduate training programme, which includes teaching shadowing, workshops on publishing, course design and careers both inside and academia.

You can read more about our research groups and their activities by following the links on the right hand side of this page, or by downloading the latest edition of our research newsletter.


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