Photo of Dr Alex Fairfax-Cholmeley

Dr Alex Fairfax-Cholmeley

Lecturer in European History


Extension: 4632

Telephone: 01392 724632

Office: Laver 301 (up main stairs in Laver to first floor, turn right and through double doors into Archaeology, my office is the first on the right)

Office hours 2017/18 Term 1 (Sep-Dec): Monday 17.30-18.30; Thursday 9.30-10.30; and by appointment (please email)

YEAR TUTOR office hours 2017/18 Term 1 (Sep-Dec): Monday 15.30-17.30; and by appointment (please email)

I joined the University of Exeter as Lecturer in European History at the start of September 2014. Before arriving here I had been researching and teaching at Queen Mary, University of London for seven years (including studying for my PhD from 2007-2011, under the supervision of Professor Colin Jones, FBA). I received my BA in History (2004) and MA in Early Modern History (2006) from King’s College London.

My research and teaching interests centre on the French Revolution (1789-1799), the concept of ‘revolutionary justice’, and the mechanics and impact of the Terror of 1793-4. I am also interested in eighteenth-century French and European legal history more generally, and in integrating colonial angles of study into European history (in particular, the Haitian Revolution of the 1790s). My most recent publication is ‘Mapping the Terror: the Paris Revolutionary Tribunal and the Development of a National System of Revolutionary Justice’, European History Quarterly, Vol.44, No.1 (January, 2014), 5-32.

In addition to my position as Lecturer in History, I have also been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (September 2014-September 2017). For the duration of this award I will be undertaking research in the UK, France and the USA on the topic of ‘Victims and the French Revolutionary Terror, c.1793-1799’.