People

The following members of King’s staff are part of KCBH. This is only a provisional list. By its completion it will feature more than 40 academics across the English, Geography, History, DPE, Defence Studies and War Studies departments:

Dr Simon Anglim organises the MA Contemporary War and Warfare module and the second year BA War and Society module. His research interests include insurgency and counterinsurgency, special forces and unconventional warfare, the British Army in the Middle East since the 1930. He is the author of Orde Wingate: Unconventional Warrior published by Pen&Sword in 2014. He has also published over thirty shorter papers and articles, and is now working on a new study of the Oman Djebel War of the 1950s.

Dr Stuart Aveyard‘s main research interests concern the Northern Ireland conflict, particularly the British context. His first book, No Solution: the Labour government and the Northern Ireland conflict 1974-79, analyses constitutional, security and economic policies and debates between civil servants, senior military officers, policemen and politicians in Great Britain and both parts of Ireland. It explains why acceptable political institutions could not be firmly established in the first decade of the conflict and why current political structures have endured.

Dr Tim Benbow is Reader in Strategic Studies in the Defence Studies Department, where he is Director of the Strategy and Defence Policy Research Centre. His research interests are in British naval power and strategy during and since the Second World War. He recently published edited volumes on Operation Dynamo (the evacuation from Dunkirk) and Operation Neptune (the D-Day landings), and is currently working on a book on the Royal Navy, the carrier question and British strategy, 1945-63.

Professor John Bew is Professor of History and Foreign Policy at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, where he leads a major new project called the Grand Strategy Programme. His most recent book Citizen Clem: A Life of Attlee was published with OUP in 2016. In 2015, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Politics and International Studies, which ‘recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising’.

Dr Andrew Blick works on British constitutional history. As Director of History & Policy, he has a wealth of experience and contacts with external partners, including think-tanks, reform groups, and
government departments.

 

Professor Arthur Burns is a historian of institutional religion in Modern Britain. He has a long-standing interest in the relations of Church and State, and has written widely on the modern history of the Anglican church, including the history of St Paul’s Cathedral from the early nineteenth century to the present in a prize-winning volume which he coedited. With Professor John Wolffe he led a pioneering knowledge transfer project on the contemporary relevance of Victorian church history to the contemporary diocese of London’s parishes and churches, and is president of the Church of England Record Society. He is currently working on a history of the Christian Socialist tradition at Thaxted, Essex in the 20th century.

Laura Carter works on twentieth-century Britain, she is interested in education, gender, popular culture, and heritage. Her latest project explores the social history of secondary education in Britain since 1944, with a particular focus on secondary modern schools.

 

Dr Ruth Craggs is a Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Geography. Her research focuses on the intersections of decolonisation with geopolitics, culture, and the built environment. Specifically, projects have focused on popular engagements with the ‘modern’ Commonwealth in post-war Britain, post-colonial Commonwealth geopolitics, cultures of decolonisation, and the impact of decolonisation on post-war British urban planning. She is also interested in the contemporary legacies of modernist architecture. Her work has been funded by the AHRC, British Academy and Association of South East Asian Studies. She published Modern Futures with Dr Hannah Neate and Cultures of decolonisation with Dr Claire Wintle.

Dr Santanu Das is a Reader in English Literature. His research focuses on early twentieth-century literature and culture, with a focus on the First World War. His first book Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature (Cambridge, 2006) recovered and analysed the sensuous world of the trenches and the war hospitals, and explored the relation between war experience, art and emotion. From 2013-16, he led a major collaborative research project on ‘Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents in the First World War’ (CEGC) funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), with partners from academic and cultural institutions from across Europe.

Dr Jon Davis works to enhance the visibility, impact and outreach of King’s College London with the policymaking and government community in the UK. He is Director of the Strand Group, which fuses government, business and academia together via the medium of teaching, research and events. His particular focus is on British central government past and present. Dr Davis runs ‘The Strand Group’ which delivers a high-profile event series to shed light on contemporary challenges and enhance institutional memory the Strand Group covers a range of topics including the economy, defence and intelligence, foreign affairs, the public sector and the machinery of government.

Dr Ralph Desmarais is a Visiting Research Fellow.

Professor David Edgerton works on modern Britain, ranging from military history to the history of science and technology. He is a Co-Director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War. He is currently completing a new history of twentieth-century Britain for Penguin.

 

Dr Jonathan Fennell is a Co-Director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War and Co-Director of the Second World War Research Group. His next book, which will be published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press, bridges the gap between traditional military histories of the British, Australian, Canadian, Indian, New Zealand and South African armies in the Second World War and the mainstream political, social and economic histories of those countries. The research for this project has been funded by grants from the British Academy and the Australian Army History Unit.

Dr Alana Harris joined the department in 2015, having spent six years in Oxford as the Darby Fellow in History at Lincoln College and before that as a British Academy Research Development Award post-doctoral researcher. She published Faith in the Family: A Lived Religious History of English Catholicism, 1945-82 with Manchester University Press in 2013.

 

Dr Michael Humphries is a Visiting Research Fellow.

Dr Alex Hutton is Research Associate on The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016 project.

Dr Colin Jennings is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy. Colin’s research area is Political Economics. Within this broad area his work splits into two branches. The first looks at conflict and the second at political competition and voting behaviour in stable constitutional democracies. Themes in his work are a) the sources of individual motivation (for example instrumental or expressive) in collective action, b) the heterogeneity of preferences (for example moderate or extreme) that are typically available when determining the political position taken by groups c) how motivation and heterogeneity of political preferences interact under different institutional arrangements and the implications of this for social welfare.

Dr Clara Jones’ research on Virginia Woolf centres on the relationship between her political and literary practice. An article about Jones’ discovery of an unpublished sketch by Woolf in the New York Morgan Library appears in the 2014 edition of Woolf Studies Annual. This article focuses on Woolf’s (often vexed) attitudes towards class and her treatment of working-class voices. Woolf’s class and gender politics are also concerns of Jones’ first monograph, Virginia Woolf: Ambivalent Activist. This book rescues the details of Woolf’s political activism and social participation with organisations including the People’s Suffrage Federation, the Women’s Co-operative Guild and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Professor Richard Kirkland is a Professor of Literature and Head of the English Department. His research focuses on the literature, culture and politics of Ireland both in the modern period of
contemporary Northern Ireland and during the Irish Literary Revival of the early 20th century. His recent work includes an essay on Northern Irish Post-conflict Cinema and the Politics of Reconciliation, a piece on Gilles Deleuze and narratives of self-formation in the poetry of Medbh McGuckian, and a reconsideration of the disciplinary history of Irish Studies. His current major project is in investigation of Irish cultural performance in London 1880-1920.

Dr Nick Lloyd is a Reader in the Defence Studies Department. He specialises in British military and imperial history in the era of the Great War. In May 2017 he will publish a new account of the Third Battle of Ypres entitled Passchendaele: A New History to be published by Viking in 2017 for the 100th anniversary of the battle.

 

Dr Kevin Lougheed joined the Department of Geography as a teaching fellow in 2016. Kevin’s research interests focus on the emergence of state institutions as technologies of government throughout the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century.  His research to date focuses on the emergence of national education in the British Empire, using traditional historical methodologies, along with modern quantitative methods such as GIS, to provide a unique perspective on the role of space and social relations in the emergence of state institutions.

Dr Anna Maguire is a Teaching Fellow in Twentieth Century British History at King’s College London. Her work explores colonial and post-colonial encounters in Britain and the British Empire. Her doctoral research explored the encounters of colonial troops from New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies during the First World War. She is interested, too, in the memory and commemoration of colonial participation. Her new research examines mixed-race relationships in Britain in the post-war period.

Dr Tom Maguire is a Research Associate in intelligence and international security working in the Intelligence and International Security Research Group. He is coordinating research examining the extent to which and in what ways evidence from secret intelligence sources have informed or provided the basis for investigations and court trials under terrorism and related national security legislation in the UK.

Professor Joe Maiolo works on the military history of modern Britain, particularly strategy, naval warfare, and intelligence. He is Deputy Head of the Department of War Studies (Research), a Co-Director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War, and Professor of International History.

 

Professor Malcolm Murfett is a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies at KCL, where he teaches a history of the European Cold War and a course on war and revolution in the 1960s. Malcolm is an international historian who has written extensively both on British foreign and defence policy east of Suez and naval warfare in the twentieth century. He has taught British and European History of the Late Modern period for the past forty years in a number of leading universities in Australia, Canada, Singapore, and the UK.

Dr Ruvani Ranasinha is a Reader in Postcolonial Literature. She specialises in postcolonial literature and theory, especially relating to South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Her research interests are in post-1945 and contemporary fiction and film, particularly as they relate to gender, immigration, globalisation and the cultural representation of Muslim identity in the West. She is interested in the intersection between postcolonial literature and book history, explored in her second monograph South Asian Writers in Twentieth Century Britain: Culture in Translation, a historical account of the publication, editing and critical reception of twentieth-century South Asian diasporic writing based on original archival research, from a range of publishing houses.

Professor Paul Readman joined the department in 2002 as Lecturer in Modern British History and was Head of Department from 2008 to 2012. Professor Readman’s research interests lie in modern British political and cultural history. He has also published, as co-editor, The Land Question in Britain, 1750-1950 (2009). He is a co-organiser of The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016.

Dr Simon Sleight is Senior Lecturer in Australian History, Co-founding Director of the UK’s Children’s History Society and Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s. Simon’s work explores the history of urban place-making in global settings, the evolution of international youth cultures and the Australian presence in Britain. His latest books are Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World (co-edited with Shirleene Robinson) and Young People and the Shaping of Public Space in Melbourne, 1870-1914. He has also published on urban memory, the morphology of cities, street gangs, processions, the representation of working childhoods, expatriate experience, and the use of historical cartoons. Dr Sleight’s current research project explores the concept and experience of ‘geographies of belonging’ in relation to ‘British world’ migrant groups in Britain, 1793 to present. A co-edited project – A Cultural History of Youth in the Modern Age – is also in progress.

Dr Jean Smith works on the history of race and migration in twentieth-century Britain and the British Empire. She currently holds a Leverhulme Trust early career research fellowship for Empire in Motion: Conflict and Co-operation in the Second World War, a social and cultural history of the unprecedented mobility of troops and civilians throughout the British Empire during the Second World War. Her previous work concerns the politics of race and immigration in South Africa, Rhodesia and the United Kingdom in the second half of the twentieth century.

Professor Anna Snaith teaches and researches in the modernist period, with particular expertise on Virginia Woolf, modernism and colonialism, modernist women writers, and sound studies. Her recent publications include a scholarly edition of Woolf’s The Years for the Cambridge University Press Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf (general editors: Jane Goldman and Susan Sellers). Her edition of A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas for Oxford World’s Classics was published in 2015. Snaith’s monograph, Modernist Voyages: Colonial Women Writers in London 1890-1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2014), looks at the intersection of anticolonialism and feminism in writing by women who traveled to London from India, the Caribbean, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa during the modernist period. She is currently working on a project on interwar literary modernism and noise, and is editing a book on Literature and Sound for Cambridge University Press.

Dr Andrew Stewart is a Reader in Conflict and Diplomacy. Having spent the previous three years as the Land Historian supporting the Higher Command and Staff Course, in 2014 he was seconded to the Royal College of Defence Studies and appointed to the new role of Director of Academic Studies (KCL) and is based in central London. In addition to this role he is a director of the King’s Centre for Military Education Outreach and the Second World War Research Group.

Professor Sarah Stockwell is Professor of British Imperial History. Her research interests lie in the field of twentieth-century British colonial and African history, in particular the end of empire. She is especially interested in how different groups and institutions within Britain engaged with the process of British decolonisation.

 

Professor Richard Vinen is a historian of modern Europe with
particular expertise on Britain and France, having recently published books on Margaret Thatcher and National Service.  Prior to joining the King’s history department in 1991, he was a Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and lecturer at Queen Mary College.

 

Dr Jon Wilson  joined the department in 1999 as Lecturer in British Imperial and South Asian History. Dr Wilson’s work focuses on the everyday life of the state in South Asia and Britain.  He is currently working on a multi-national history of everyday concepts of government from the 1970s to the present, tracing the genealogy of words people take for granted in ordinary political and governmental speech.

Professor Abigail Woods is a historian of science, technology and medicine. Reflecting her earlier career as a veterinary surgeon, her research focuses on the history of animal health and agriculture in modern Britain, the evolution of veterinary medicine, and its interconnections with human medicine. She is head of the History Department and is she is currently leading a 5-year Wellcome Trust-funded programme of research on ‘One medicine? Investigating human and animal disease, c1850-2014’.

Professor Patrick Wright FBA has with a breadth of interests ranging across politics, heritage, national cultures, and the physical and material environment. He also has expertise on London’s East End and has worked in collaboration with filmmakers in his research. Most recently he has recorded a BBC Radio 4 series ‘The English Fix’.

The Study of Contemporary British History at King's College London