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Editorial Board

Editorial Board

As part of our editorial process, every new collection is subjected to review by leading academics and experts. We would like to thank the following people for their advice and support:

Professor Simon Ball

Chair of International History & Politics University of Leeds
Professor Simon Ball is the Chair of International History and Politics at the University of Leeds. Professor Ball's research is concentrated on five interrelated themes: the Cold War; the Second World War; the legacy of the First World War; assassination in international politics; and security & intelligence in the twentieth century. He is also the editor of 'War in History' and sits on the editorial boards of 'Intelligence & National Security' and 'Diplomacy & Statecraft'.

Dr. David Kaufman

Lecturer in History & Programme Director, MSc in History University of Edinburgh
Dr David Kaufman has been a Lecturer in History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology the University of Edinburgh since 2012. His main area of research is British foreign policy towards Eastern Europe in the era of the Great War. He has written on the Paris Peace Conference and is presently researching the link between revisionism and reparations in the 1920s.

Professor Gaynor Johnson

Professor of International History University of Kent
Professor Gaynor Johnson studied History at the University College of North Wales, now Bangor University, where she received her BA and PhD. There, she developed an interest in international history, in particular the role of ambassadors in the conduct of British foreign policy in the first half of the 20th century.

Dr. Stefan Hördler

Research Assistant Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Dr Stefan Hördler graduated with a Ph.D. phil. from the Department of History at Humboldt University, Berlin, in 2012. He is currently a research assistant at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, as well as the Director of the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial. In addition, Dr Hördler serves on the Advisory Board of the Holocaust Exhibition & Learning Center at the University of Huddersfield.

Emma King

Director Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre
Emma King is a museum professional with 17 years of practitioner and consultancy experience across national, independent, and local authority organisations. Ms King currently serves as the Director of the Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre at University of Huddersfield.

Dr. Stephen Twigge

Head of Modern Collections The National Archives (UK)
Dr Stephen Twigge is the Head of Modern Collections at The National Archives (UK). Dr Twigge is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College, and sits on the Editorial Board of Archives, the journal of the British Records Association. He has published a number of books and articles on the Cold War and has made regular media appearances to discuss record releases at The National Archives.

Benjamin Holt

PhD candidate University of Leeds
Benjamin Holt is a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds. His thesis concerns the impact of small arms proliferation in the North East region of India during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Professor Kevin Morgan

Professor of Politics and Contemporary History University of Manchester
Kevin Morgan is the Professor of Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Manchester and recipient of an AHRC Fellowship for the project ‘Communism and the cult of the leader’. Professor Morgan is also the editor of the journal 'Twentieth Century Communism' and a trustee of the Communist Party of Great Britain Archives Trust and the Working Class Movement Library.

Dr. Bleddyn Bowen

Lecturer in International Relations University of Leicester
Bleddyn Bowen is a lecturer in International Relations at the School of History, Politics, and International Relations at the University of Leicester, where he convenes the International Relations and World Order Masters course. His first book, ‘War in Space’, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020. Dr. Bowen also provided evidence to the UK Parliament on the impact of Brexit on UK-EU space policy and the Galileo satellite navigation system.

Dr. Kristopher Lovell

Lecturer in History Coventry University
Dr. Kristopher Lovell is a lecturer in History at Coventry University. Dr. Lovell's main research interests include quantitative and qualitative analyses of political reportage in the wartime press and the relationship between war and the media in Britain throughout the twentieth century. He teaches the political and social history of twentieth century Britain, war and the media in Britain, and media theory.

Dr. Danielle Young

Assistant Professor of Political Science University of the Ozarks
Dr. Danielle Young is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of the Ozarks in the United States. She earned her PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University in Wales. She has an Mlitt in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in International Relations from Aberystwyth University. Her research interests include International Relations theory, global security challenges, historical sociology and the history of the modern international system.

Dr. Peter Forsaith

Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History Oxford Brookes University
Dr. Peter Forsaith is Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, which holds a series of Methodist-related collections. He is a historian of society, religion, and culture in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain and has lectured in Britain and the U.S.A.. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Professor David Welch

Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda and War at the University of Kent University of Kent
David Welch is Emeritus Professor of Modern History and Honorary Director of the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society, at the University of Kent. His research interest is in modern and contemporary political propaganda. In 2013, he co-curated the exhibition on propaganda and persuasion at the British Library and authored the book that accompanied the exhibition, Propaganda. Power and Persuasion (British Library/Chicago University Press, 2013).

Paul Slack

Emeritus Professor of Early Modern Social History Oxford University
Paul Slack is Emeritus Professor of Early Modern Social History at Oxford University. Much of his work has been on plague in England. His books include The Impact of Plague in Tudor and Stuart England (1985), and Plague: A Very Short Introduction (2012, new edn. 2021), and he edited (with Terence Ranger) Epidemics and Ideas: Essays on the historical perception of pestilence (1992). His most recent book is The Invention of Improvement (2015), about material progress and the uses of information in the seventeenth century. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and was Principal of Linacre College Oxford until 2010.

Professor Susan Petrilli

Professor of Philosophy and Theory of Languages University of Bari Aldo Moro
Susan A. Petrilli is Full Professor of Philosophy and Theory of Languages at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro,” Italy; 7th Sebeok Fellow of the Semiotic Society of America; Fellow of the International Communicology Institute (ICI); vice-President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. She has been acting as Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at The University of Adelaide, South Australia, since February 2016. Her principal research interests relate to such areas as Philosophy of Language, Semiotics, Ethics, General Linguistics, Translation Studies, Cultural Studies, Communication Studies.

Professor Hilary Marland

Professor of History University of Warwick
Hilary Marland is Professor of History at the University of Warwick and Founder Director of Warwick’s Centre for the History of Medicine. Her research focuses on the history of psychiatry in modern Britain, prison medicine, migration and mental illness, and the history of childbirth and midwifery. She is lead on a new Wellcome Trust funded project, ‘The Last Taboo of Motherhood: Postnatal Mental Illness in Twentieth-Century Britain’. Hilary is author of Dangerous Motherhood: Insanity and Childbirth in Victorian Britain and Health and Girlhood in Britain, 1874-1920, and her new book, Disorder Contained: Mental Breakdown and the Modern Prison in England and Ireland, 1840-1900, co-written with Catherine Cox, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2022.

Professor Jonathan Andrews

Reader in the History of Psychiatry University of Newcastle
Jonathan Andrews is a Reader in the History of Psychiatry, specialising in the History of Medicine and Psychiatry, in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, at Newcastle University. His research interests reside primarily in the history of mental illness, learning disabilities and the history of psychiatry, in Britain, from roughly 1600-1914. He has published 3 monographs in the field, most recently (with Andy Scull) Undertaker of the Mind (University of California Press, 2001) and Customers and Patrons of the Mad Trade (University of California Press, 2003), and previous to this (with Roy Porter et al.) The History of Bethlem (Routledge, 1997). He has published a wide range of articles and chapters on the history of Bethlem and (British) psychiatry/insanity more broadly. More recently, he has been working on aspects of death and dying in the asylum context, and on a research project on 'Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832', with various articles published and in preparation, as well as a planned monograph.

Jennie Grimshaw

Curator, Official Publications and Social Policy The British Library
Jennie Grimshaw has worked with the official publications collections at the British Library since 1996, when she was asked to take over as manager of the Official Publications and Social Sciences Reading Room. This was a dramatic change of career direction as she had previously been a cataloguer at the British National Bibliography and subsequently at the Science Reference and Information Service. She has a particular interest in web archiving and has curated themed collections of archived websites on Brexit and all the general elections since 2005.

Adrian Bingham

Professor of Modern British History University of Sheffield
Adrian's main research interests are in the political, social and cultural history of twentieth-century Britain. He has worked extensively on the national popular press in the decades after 1918, examining the ways in which newspapers both reflected and shaped British society and culture.

Mark Donnelly

Course Lead BA History and MA Public History St Mary's University
Mark Donnelly is Associate Professor and Course Lead for History at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. His books include Sixties Britain: Culture, Politics and Society, Liberating Histories, which he co-wrote with Claire Norton, and the edited volume Mad Dogs and Englishness: Popular Music and English Identities. He has published numerous articles and essays in the fields of history theory, public history, memory and contemporary cultural politics.

Ruth Larsen

Senior Lecturer in History University of Derby
Ruth is a Senior Lecturer in History, with a particular interest in British History in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is also the programme leader for undergraduate History provision.

Luke Harris

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History University of Birmingham
Luke J Harris is a British historian with an interest in the history of sport, particularly the Olympic Games. His primary publication is a monograph titled 'Britain and the Olympic Games, 1908-1920: Perspectives on Participation and Identity'. He has also written about athletics, darts, snooker and golf.

Esme Cleall

Senior Lecturer University of Sheffield
Esme Cleall is a Senior Lecturer in the history of the British Empire at the University of Sheffield. She is author of Missionary Discourses: Negotiating Otherness in the British empire, c. 1840-1900 (Palgrave, 2012) and of Colonising Disability: Impairment and Otherness across Britain and its Empire, c. 1800-1914 (Cambridge, 2022). She works on the history of race, gender, and disability in British and imperial contexts, particularly in the nineteenth century.

Chandrika Kaul

Professor of Modern History University of St Andrews
Chandrika Kaul, D. Phil (Oxon), is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews. Her research is focused on the British media and popular culture, especially the British press and the BBC; the British empire and decolonisation; and the British monarchy. Amongst her books include Reporting the Raj, the British Press and India; Communications, Media and the Imperial Experience; Media and the British Empire; International Communications and Global News Networks; News of the World and the British Press; Media and the Portuguese Empire. She is Founding Co-Editor of the book series: “Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media” (Palgrave Macmillan). She sits on the Advisory and Editorial Boards of Media History (Routledge), Twentieth Century British History (OUP), and Studies in Imperialism (MUP).

Ilya Parkins

Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Ilya Parkins is Associate Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research expertise lies in fashion, feminist theory, early twentieth century cultural formations, popular culture, and periodical studies. She is the author of Poiret, Schiaparelli and Dior: Fashion, Femininity and Modernity and the co-editor of several essay collections and special issues on fashion, which draw heavily from periodical archives.

Dr Liam J. Liburd

Assistant Professor of Black British History Durham University
Dr Liam J. Liburd is Assistant Professor of Black British History at the Durham University. His research focuses broadly on the ongoing impact of the legacies of empire and decolonisation in modern Britain. His current research focuses on Black radical analyses of fascism and on the question of how historians might use these to transform our understanding of the relationship between British fascism and the British Empire, as well as, more broadly, of the politics of race in modern Britain. He is currently in the process of trying to turn his thesis 'The Eternal Imperialists: Empire, Race and Gender on the British Radical Right' (University of Sheffield, 2019) into a book.

Jeremy Black

Emeritus Professor of History University of Exeter
Jeremy Black is a prolific lecturer and writer, the author of over 100 books. Many concern aspects of eighteenth century British, European and American political, diplomatic and military history but he has also published on the history of the press, cartography, warfare, culture and on the nature and uses of history itself.

Catriona Pennell

Professor of Modern History and Memory Studies University of Exeter
Catriona is Professor of Modern History and Memory Studies at the University of Exeter. She specialises in the history of nineteenth and twentieth century Britain and Ireland with a particular focus on the relationship between war, empire, experience, and memory. She has published on various aspects of the experience of war and empire and on understandings of cultural historical approaches to the study of modern conflict more generally. Her first book, A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. She has acted as the Middle East consultant for two editions of The Times Complete History of the World (2010 and 2015). She has led or co-led a number of externally funded interdisciplinary research projects with particular emphasis across the intersections of history, politics, education, and memory studies. She is now working on a volume on the British Empire and the First World War as part of OUP’s "Greater War" series.

Andrea Korda

Associate Professor of Art History University of Alberta
Andrea Korda is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Faculty. She is the author of Printing and Painting the News in Victorian London: The Graphic and Social Realism, 1869–1891 (Ashgate, 2015), and a co-organizer of the Crafting Communities project ( Her articles on nineteenth-century British visual and material culture have appeared in The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, Victorian Network, the Journal of Victorian Culture, Paedagogica Historica, Word & Image, and Nineteenth-Century Art Online.

Martin Conboy

Emeritus Professor of Journalism History University of Sheffield
Martin Conboy FRHistS is Emeritus Professor of Journalism History and co-director (with Professor Adrian Bingham) of the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History based in Sheffield. He has produced fifteen books on the language and history of journalism and is widely published in scholarly journals. With Professor David Finkelstein, he is the series editor for the three-volume Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press: 1640-2017. His most recent publications are Global Tabloid: Culture and Technology (2021) co-edited with Dr Scott A. Eldridge II (Groningen), Cato Street Conspiracy: Plotting, counter-intelligence and the revolutionary tradition in Britain and Ireland (2019) co-edited with Dr Jason McElligott, with Professor Bingham volume three of the Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press:1900-2017 (2022) and the monograph Journalism, Technology and Cultural Practice: A History (2023) He is active on the editorial boards of twelve journals including Journalism Studies: Media History, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism and Memory Studies. His research has been funded by the AHRC, Marsh’s Library in Dublin and the Dutch NWO.

Howard Markel

George E. Wantz Professor of the History of Medicine University of Michigan
Howard Markel is a physician, medical educator, and historian of medicine. He is the George E. Wantz Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. He is the author of several books. His most recent is “The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA's Double Helix” (2021).

Paul Slack

Emeritus Professor of Early Modern Social History University of Oxford, Linacre College
Paul Slack is Emeritus Professor of Early Modern Social History at Linacre College, the University of Oxford. He has researched the history of disease, especially plague, extensively. He is the author of “The Invention of Improvement: Information and Material Progress in Seventeenth-Century England” (2014).

Robert Hicks

Director of the F.C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Robert D. Hicks directs the F.C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, where he also holds the William Maul Measey Chair. Prior to this role, he was the director of the College’s Historical Medical Library and Mütter Museum.

Romola Davenport

Senior Research Associate Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge
Romola Davenport is Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, the University of Cambridge.

Mark Honigsbaum

Senior Lecturer in Journalism City, University of London
Mark Honigsbaum is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at City, University of London. He is a medical historian and journalist with wide-ranging interests, encompassing health, science, the media, and contemporary culture. He is the author of “The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris” (2019).

Alexander Medcalf

Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine University of York
Alexander Medcalf is Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine at the University of York. He is a historian of visual culture, specialising in public health and medicine, marketing, and transport in the twentieth century. He is the author of “Railway Photographic Advertising in Britain, 1900–1939” (2018).

Sandra Hempel

Freelance writer, editor, and publisher
Sandra Hempel is a freelance writer, editor, and publisher, specialising in health and social issues. She covers health policy and services as well as clinical subjects. She is a member of the Medical Journalists Association and the Guild of Health Writers. She is the author of several books. Her most recent is “The Atlas of Disease: Mapping Deadly Epidemics and Contagion from the Plague to the Zika Virus” (2018).

Jonathan Kennedy

Reader in Politics and Global Health Centre for Public Health and Policy at Queen Mary University of London
Jonathan Kennedy is Reader in Politics and Global Health at the Centre for Public Health and Policy at Queen Mary University of London. His research uses insights from sociology, political economy, anthropology, and international relations to analyse important public health problems. He is the author of “Pathogenesis: How Germs Made History” (2023).

Mark Bailey

Professor of Late Medieval History University of East Anglia
Mark Bailey is Professor of Late Medieval History at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of several books, such as “After the Black Death: Economy, Society, and the Law in Fourteenth-Century England” (2021). Currently, he is interested in reassessing the socio-economic impact of the plague and the decline of serfdom.