Dr Rachel Pistol


I completed my BA (2006), MA (2009) and studied part-time for my doctorate (2009-2016) at Royal Holloway, University of London, under the supervision of Professor David Cesarani OBE. I was the recipient of two grants from the Friendly Hand Charitable Trust in 2010 and 2011, which enabled me to visit archives and sites of former internment camps in the United States of America and on the Isle of Man.

From 2014 to 2016 I taught Modern British, Modern American, and British Economic history to undergraduates at Royal Holloway. I was also a Lecturer in Informatics at Kingston University from 2011 to 2016.


Internment during the Second World War: A Comparative Study of Great Britain and the USA (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

'Heavy Is the Responsibility for All the Lives That Might Have Been Saved in the Pre-war Years': British Perceptions of Refugees 1933-1940, European Judaism, 50, 2 (2017), pp. 42-49.

“Enemy alien and refugee: Conflicting identities in Great Britain during the Second World War”, University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, 16 (2015), pp. 37-52

Review of Inside America’s Concentration Camps: Two Centuries of Internment and Torture, (review no. 1078), Reviews in History (Apr., 2011)

‘History and the Environment’ in Bringing the Outside In: Enriching Student Learning in the Humanities through Environmental Engagement, (The Higher Education Academy, 2010), pp. 31-2.

Review of A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America, (review no. 983), Reviews in History (Oct., 2010)