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 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 is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History and Director of the Centre for British Politics and Government. Dr Blick specializes in  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. His most recent book Stretching the Constitution: the Brexit shock in historic perspective was published by Hurst in 2019.


Professor Arthur Burns is a historian of institutional religion in Modern Britain and academic director of the Georgian Papers Programme. 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. 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.


Dr Ruth Craggs is Senior Lecturer in Human 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 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. He has recently published (with John Rentoul) Heroes or Villains?: The Blair Government Reconsidered.


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 has recently completed a new Penguin History of Britain ‘The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth Century History’. He is currently working on a global history of production.


Dr Jonathan Fennell is Reader in Modern History based in the Defense Studies Department. He is Co-Director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War and Co-Director of the Second World War Research Group. His most recent book Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War was published Cambridge University Press in 2019. It 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.

Dr Alana Harris is a senior lecturer in the History Department. Prior to coming to Kings she 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 and has recently edited a collection entitled The Schism of ’68: Catholicism, Contraception and Humanae Vitae in Europe, 1945-1975. Dr. Harris is the editorial chair for the new Oxford History of British and Irish Catholicism, 1914-2000.


Dr Michael Humphries is a Visiting Research Fellow.


Dr Alex Hutton joined KCL in 2014 working on the AHRC project, The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016. He is now a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, working on a project on Regional and Provincial Identities in England from 1918. He is currently completing a manuscript, History for the People: Politics, Education and the Uses of the Industrial Past in Britain, 1884-1984. Alex is interested in a wide range of topics relating to identity, culture, and history.


Dr Colin Jennings is Reader 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 Irish 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 the Delorean car, 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 Kit Kowol is Early Career Development Fellow in Modern British History. Dr Kowol’s work examines British political culture in the twentieth century, with a particular attention on the Right. He has published articles in Journal of British Studies, Historical Journal, and Twentieth Century British History . His book Blue Jerusalem: British Conservatism and the Second World War will be published by OUP in 2021. Dr. Kowol is the lead organizer for KCBH in 2020/21.


Dr Liam Liburd is a Lecturer in Colonial/Postcolonial British History.

His research examines the history and legacy of empire, decolonisation and colonial racism in British politics, society, and culture. His thesis, completed in March 2020, interrogated the imperial obsessions of the British Radical Right. Dr Liburd has also published articles in Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies and in Twentieth Century British History.



Dr Nick Lloyd is a Reader in Military and Imperial History and is based in the the Defence Studies Department. He specialises in British military and imperial history in the era of the Great War. In 2017 he  published a new account of the Third Battle of Ypres entitled Passchendaele: A New History to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle. He is currently writing a major new history of the Western Front for Penguin.


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 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. His first monograph, The Intelligence-Propaganda Nexus: British and American covert action in Cold War Southeast Asia will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.


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. He has published widely on international history and security and is one of the editors of the new Cambridge History of the Second World War.


Dr Gabriel Geisler Mesevage is Lecturer in British Economic History post-1750. His work focuses on British 19th century financial history and political economy, including company promotion, parliamentary regulation, the financial press, fraud, and speculative manias. Previous work includes the comparative history of credit rating in Britain and the US, and his current research focuses on the British railway mania of the 1840s. He has also written on the use of social network methods in economic history. His work has appeared in journals such as Enterprise & Society and Explorations in Economic History.

Dr Conor Morrisey is Lecture in British / Irish history. He joined the department of History at KCL in 2018 after having spent two years as a Departmental Lecturer in Irish History at Hertford College, University of Oxford. His work focuses on Irish nationalism and Irish Protestantism with a particular interest in Protestant nationalists: that minority of individuals who rejected the unionist politics typical of their co-religionists, and joined separatist organisations. His work has been published in, among others, Historical Journal and Irish Studies Review.


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. His most recent book is Storied Ground: Landscape and the Shaping of English National Identity which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. He is a co-organiser of the project The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016.

Dr Simon Sleight is Reader 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. 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.


Prof Andrew Stewart is Professor or Modern Conflict History. 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. Her most recent book is The British End of the British Empire which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.


Professor Richard Vinen is a historian of modern Europe with
particular expertise on Britain and France, having published books on Margaret Thatcher and the history of National Service. His most recent work is 1968: Radical Protest and its Enemies.  Prior to joining the King’s history department in 1991, he was a Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and lecturer at Queen Mary College. Prof. Vinen is currently working on a new history of Birmingham.


Professor Jon Wilson  joined the department in 1999 as Lecturer in British Imperial and South Asian History. Prof. 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 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