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Prof Tom Lawson

Professor in History

Department: Humanities

Tom was appointed Professor of Holocaust Studies at Winchester in 2012. He joined Northumbria as Professor of History in 2013.

Tom studied at the Universities of York, Durham and Southampton. After completing a PhD he was appointed as Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Winchester in 2002. At Winchester he served as Head of Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2009-2013) and was a Mid-Career Fellow of the British Academy 2011-12. He was appointed Professor of Holocaust Studies at Winchester in 2012. He joined Northumbria as Professor of History in 2013.

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PhD, University of Southampton, 2001 MA, University of Durham, 1998 BA, University of York, 1996

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Tom’s research interests are in the broad areas of Holocaust and genocide studies, and particularly the way in which those events have been understood both by historians and in wider society. He is increasingly interested in the role of genocide in the British world, and has recently finished a study of the history and memory of genocide in Tasmania which will be published as The Last Man: a British Genocide in Tasmania in 2014. He is now working on a more general study of Britain and genocide.

Tom has published two books concerned with the history of the Holocaust, The Church of England and the Holocaust and then his history of Holocaust historiography which was published as Debates on the Holocaust in 2010. He is also joint editor of the interdisciplinary journal Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History and has published 3 edited collections including The Memory of the Holocaust in Australia and God and War.

Tom teaches in the broad areas of Holocaust and genocide studies. He also has an interest in historical controversies and the relationship between history and memory.  Tom is currently supervising students working on a range of topics concerning the Holocaust and its representation. These include English Catholic responses to the Holocaust, a history of Holocaust denial and a study of Holocaust education. He is happy to supervise projects relating to any aspect of his research from Holocaust and genocide studies to modern religious history.

  • Convenor of Northumbria University British and Irish Worlds Research Group
  • Member of Northumbria University Histories of Activism Research Group
  • Tom is Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish / non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Current/Recent Projects

2011: British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for ‘The Last Man: Britain and Genocide in Tasmania, a study in history and memory’

2010: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards Scheme, ‘Holocaust Education in British Society and Culture’, in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Trust

2005: AHRC Matched leave grant for ‘The Church of England and the Holocaust’

Key Publications

The Last Man: a British Genocide in Tasmania (IB Tauris, 2014)

(ed with Stephen Parker), God and War: The Church of England and Armed Conflict in the Twentieth Century (Ashgate, 2012)

(ed with Thomas Kühne), The Holocaust and Local History (Vallentine Mitchell, 2011)

Debates on the Holocaust (Manchester University Press, 2010)

(ed with James Jordan) The Memory of the Holocaust in Australia (Vallentine Mitchell, 2008)

The Church of England and the Holocaust: Christianity, Memory and Nazism (Boydell and Brewer, 2006)

‘The Holocaust and Colonial Genocide at the Imperial War Museum’, Caroline Sharples and Olaf Jensen (ed), Britain and the Holocaust (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

‘We Remember? The Catholic Church and the Holocaust in the Twenty-First Century’,Religion Compass (Vol. 5, No. 11, 2011).

‘Christianity, the Churches and Anti-Fascism’ in Andrez Olechnowicz (ed.), Varieties of Anti-Fascism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

‘Bishop Bell and the Trial of German War Criminals: a Moral History’, Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte ( Vol. 21, No. 2, 2008).

‘The Free-Masonry of Sorrow? English National Identities and the Memorialisation of the Great War in Britain, 1919-31’, History and Memory (Vol. 20, No. 1, 2008).

‘Reconstructing Christendom: Survivors of the Shoah and Religious Rhetoric in Post-War Britain’, Johannes Dieter-Steinert, Beyond the Camps and Forced Labour (Vecolo Serlag, 2008)

‘The Church of England and the German Past, Present and Future’, Gavin Schaffer & Monica Riera (ed.) Europe Re-Written (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)

‘Shaping the Holocaust: Understanding the European Jewish Tragedy in Christian Discourse, 1945-2005’, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Vol. 21, No. 3, 2007).

‘The Myth of the European Civil War’, in Richard Littlejohns (ed), The Myth of Europe(Rodopi, 2007).

‘New (and Old) Perspectives on the Catholic Church and the Holocaust’, Holocaust Studies: a Journal of Culture and History (Vol. 11, No. 3, 2005)

‘Constructing a Christian History of Nazism 1945-49: Anglicanism and the Memory of the Holocaust’, History and Memory ( Vol. 16, No. 1, 2004)

‘Ideology in a Museum of Memory’, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions (Vol. 4, No. 2, 2003)

‘The Anglican Understanding of Nazism: Placing the Church of England’s Response to the Holocaust in Context’, Twentieth Century British History,  Vol. 14, No. 2, 2003.

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