Postgraduate research in History
History at the University of Exeter brings together a lively and dynamic group that boasts some of the leading academic historians in the country. Our staff provide postgraduates with a considerable breadth of experience and research expertise across the full range of the discipline, from post-Roman Europe to the contemporary world, covering both European and extra-European history.
We are among the upper ranks of History departments in the UK in terms of the quality and intensity of our research. Research is integral to all our activity. All members of staff are research active and research and publish at the highest level. Staff in the department research political, economic, social, cultural, religious, medical, environmental, maritime, naval, military and diplomatic history. We range in time from the early medieval period to the late 20th century. We have particular strengths in the history of Britain and continental Europe, but also focus on the history of the United States, Africa, and India. A number of research centres are linked with the work of the Department and organise seminar series with regular meetings through the academic year which are an important meeting place for postgraduate students to hear, discuss and present research.
Our current PGRs
In History at Exeter we're proud of the research carried out by our PhD students. There are currently around 80 PhD students in the Department, many of whom maintain an online personal profile detailing their research activities. Follow the links below to find out more about them and their research projects.
|Student||Research title||Lead supervisor|
|Asma Alshaiban||The depiction of women in the historical work of Ibn Wasil||Professor Simon Barton|
|Desmond Atkinson||Education, Public Service and Reform: John Morton and the Making of a New Monarchy in Fifteenth-Century England||Professor James Clark|
|Andrew Binding||Living at Home: People, Spaces, and the Changing Domestic Environment in the Early Modern South West England.||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Emily Bridger||South Africa's Female Comrades: Gender, Identity and Student Resistance to Apartheid in Soweto, 1984-1990||Dr Stacey Hynd|
|Anna Calori||The cancellation of the working class: an analysis of privatisation in the former Yugoslavia from a bottom-up perspective||Professor James Mark|
|Thomas Chadwick||Men of 'high emotion'? emotion in Anglo-Norman society of the Eleventh and Twelfth centuries||Professor Sarah Hamilton|
|Hannah Charnock||Adolescent sexuality in Britain, c. 1960-1980.||Professor Kate Fisher|
|Philip Child||The Heights of Modernity: Affluence, the Labour Party and the Modern Home 1945-1970.||Professor Andrew Thorpe|
|Rachel Chin||Anglo-French Relations and Mers El-Kebir: Rhetorical Justification and Imperial Associations.||Professor Martin Thomas|
|Hannah Clark||From Melton Mowbray to Middleburg: Trans-Atlantic Dialogues in Fashionable Foxhunting, 1870-1930||Professor Henry French|
|Rowena Cockett||The experience, value, and expression of emotions in thirteenth-century Iberia||Professor Simon Barton|
|Richard Cooke||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Frederick Cooper||A panacea for psychological ill-health? The identification and management of work-life conflict after World War Two||Professor Mark Jackson|
|Jessica Desmond||A Hidden World: The Presence of the Medieval Calendar in English Misericord Iconography.||Professor James Clark|
|Gijs Drejier||Maritime average and normative practice in the Southern Low Countries (Fifteenth-Sixteenth Centuries)||Professor Maria Fusaro|
|Imogene Dudley||Women's Work Early Modern England, 1500-1700||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Jake Dyble||Transferring Costs in the Maritime Economy: Maritime Averages in Livorno (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)||Professor Maria Fusaro|
|Andrew English||The Laird Rams: Warships in Transition||Professor Jeremy Black|
|Rhoda Evans||Professor Martin Thomas|
|Natasha Feiner||Lifestyle, health and disease: changing concepts of balance in modern medicine||Professor Mark Jackson|
|Thomas Fidler||Cornwall's Border – Celtic Frontier or Anglicised Territory?||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Lorena Fierro Diaz||A Comparative Study of Queenship and Aristocratic Women’s Networks of Power in Twelfth-Century Iberia||Professor Simon Barton|
|Tomas Foster||Generational Defiance to the Kemalist Establishment from the Left, Marxist Youths in Turkey between 1960 and 1980||Professor James Mark|
|Paul Freer||Assess the contribution made by the development of target marking techniques to the prosecution of the bomber offensive during WW2.||Professor Richard Overy|
|Helen Frost||The Representation of the Strategic Bombing Campaign against Germany in the Allied (both national and international) Media and the Interpretation and Reception of that Representation by the General Public, 1939-1945.||Professor Richard Overy|
|Tank Green||From British Subject to Colonial Immigrant: A Study of Transposed Identities, 1939 to 1981||Professor Andrew Thompson|
|Austen Hamilton||Speculative House Builders as Entrepreneurs in Georgian London||Professor Henry French|
|Frankie Harding||The British Black Power Movement 1967-1974, an Oral and Documented History.||Professor Andrew Thorpe|
|Marion Hardy||People on the move in Devon, c.1572/1598 to c.1800||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Richard Harris||Civil Society in Cornwall.||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Matthew Heaslip||The impact of financial cutbacks and restrictions upon the ability of the Royal Navy to realign itself, during the 1920's, to meet the challenges of the early Interwar period.||Dr Tehyun Ma|
|Richard Hill||The development and use of aircraft and armoured vehicles during the First World War||Professor Richard Toye|
|Benjamin Holmes||The efforts of British charities to relieve German civilians, from the start of the war in 1914, to post-war releif work carried on into the mid-1920s.||Dr Catriona Pennell|
|Derek Janes||The business of smuggling in SE Scotland c.1740-1796.||Professor Henry French|
|Reiko Kanazawa||Professor Mark Jackson|
|Nicos Kefalas||Superfoods, supplements and masculinity 1950s-present||Professor Mark Jackson|
|Rhian Keyse||Forced and Early Marriage in British Colonial Africa, 1925-62.||Dr Stacey Hynd|
|Betsy Lewisholmes||Health, Fitness and Exercise for Girls in late Victorian England||Dr Sarah Toulalan|
|Dianne Elizabeth Long||Designed Landscapes of Industrialists 1700 – c.1820||Professor Henry French|
|Stephen Lynam||Centre-Right Politics in the Spanish Province of Valencia 1931-1936.||Dr Tim Rees|
|Simon Magus||Esoteric Thought in the Life and Work of H. Rider Haggard.||Dr Paul Young|
|Henry Marsh||The examination of the representation and narration of ritual and ceremony within several chronicles of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century||Professor James Clark|
|Clare Maudling||Utopian Dreams or Peacetime Pragmatism? The successes and constraints of post-war reconstruction in the South West||Professor Richard Overy|
|Lilian McNaught||The 1816 Barbados Slave Revolt||Dr Kristofer Allerfeldt|
|Stuart Mole||The Commonwealth & Apartheid||Professor Andrew Thompson|
|Angela Muir||Unwanted pregnancies in Early Modern England and Wales: Illegitimacy, courtship, infanticide and contraception.||Dr Sarah Toulalan|
|Robert Nantes||Bankruptcy in eighteenth century England: A social account.||Professor Henry French|
|Amanda Phipps||The use of Theatre in Teaching the First World War||Dr Catriona Pennell|
|Lyndy (Carolyn) Pooley||The role of youth voluntary action in 1960s Britain: assumptions of community in a restless decade||Professor Mark Jackson|
|Elizabeth Raikes||Battleground to Playground: The British in Corsica 1794-1939.||Professor Andrew Thompson|
|Joshua Rhodes||Subtenancy in early modern England||Professor Henry French|
|Amy Ridgway||Wage labour and poverty on a Dorset estate, c.1680-1834||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Geoffrey Skinner||The Relationship Divided. Identity, Personality and Realism in the development of Anglo-American Nuclear Strategy, 1947 to 1958||Professor Richard Toye|
|Guy Solomon||The Living Standards of Tyneside Miners during the British Industrial Revolution||Professor Mark Overton|
|Catherine Talbot||Trans-Atlantic Consumerism in the 18th Century: A comparative Study of the Material Culture of Ordinary People in Britain and her American Colonies.||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Michael Tedstone||P.& A.CAMPBELL LTD - PASSENGER STEAMSHIP OWNERS RAPID GROWTH IN THE 1890s||Professor Alan Booth|
|Joanna Thomas||Britain’s seafaring men and women: an analysis of the maritime labour force 1850 – 1911||Professor Maria Fusaro|
|Teresa Tinsley||Hernando de Baeza.||Professor Simon Barton|
|Balint Tolmar||The “Adria”-Project: East-South Relations and the European Socialist Countries' Quest for Energy Security in the Post-Oil Shock Era||Professor James Mark|
|James Villalard||Dgieu Sauve Le Roé, Nouot' Duc!”: A Re-assessment of the strategic position and tactical role of the Channel Islands during the Great French War (1792-1815).||Professor Jeremy Black|
|Michelle Webb||'As fowle a ladie as the smale pox could make her': facial disfigurement in sixteenth and seventeenth century England||Dr Sarah Toulalan|
|Paul Williams||The Trading Community of Exeter 1470-1570||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Teresa Witcombe||The intellectual life of Mauricius Hispanus (1209-1238)||Professor Simon Barton|
|Lewis Wade||Maritime Trade and State Regulation: Maritime Averages in France during the Seventeenth Century||Professor Maria Fusaro|
|Fahriye Yildizeli||'W.E.Gladstone and British Policy towards the Ottoman Empire'||Professor Richard Toye|
|Tomasz Zawadzki||Interdisciplinary history of sexual science in Poland.||Professor Kate Fisher and Dr Jana Funke|
|Student||Research title||Lead supervisor|
|Kensa Broadhurst||The status of the Cornish language in the years between the death of Dolly Pentreath in 1777 and Henry Jenner's publication of A Handbook of the Cornish Language in 1904.||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Michael Bunney||The impact of World War 1 and 2 on coastal communities in South Cornwall.||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Kenneth Clayton||What can the Wase papers held at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, add to the knowledge of education in seventeenth century England?||Professor Henry French|
|Andrew Climo||Onomastics (naming) in the Brittonic language of Early Cornwall (the period spanning pre-history to 1100CE).||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Freya-Louise Evans||Postmodern Fairy Tales: A Study of the Influences of Welsh and Cornish Celtic folk tales on Contemporary Storytelling||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Thomas Fidler||Cornwall's border: Celtic frontier or Anglicised territory?||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Christopher Freeman||Beaming the British empire: the Imperial Wireless Chain, circa 1900-1940||Professor Richard Noakes|
|Megan Furr||Telegraphic Work and Spaces in Britain, 1850-1950||Professor Richard Noakes|
|Lucy Hilliar||A Rising in the West: The Development of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Western Esoteric Tradition||Professor Richard Noakes|
|Donald Luxston||Forward Movement - Thomas Hooper and the Architecture of British Columbia Methodist Missions||Professor Bryony Onciul|
|Jason Mead||The Training of a Human Plant: Luther Burbank and American Society in the early 20th Century||Professor Kristofer Allerfeldt|
|Phillipa Mills||The last Cornish speakiers: their demographic identities, connestions, families, socio, economic and religious identities and connections.||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Emelye Parker||OH BONDAGE UP YOURS: Punk, Women and Feminism in the UK 1976-1984||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Christopher Parsons||The Nassomonian and the Cornish Revival: what did James Dryden Hosken contribute to The Cornish School of Writing?||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Jennifer Pina-Trengrove||Revival and relevance: The walled kitchen garden in 21st century public history||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|William Rees||"I Will Not Be Conquered": Popular Music and Indigenous Identities in North America||Professor Bryony Onciul|
|Amy Shakespeare||The Legacy of Material Culture Repatriation on Museum Practic||Professor Bryony Onciul|
|Paul Simmons||The role of footpaths in the 21stC within both a climate and ecological crisis and an emerging low carbon economy||Dr Joanie Willett|
|Rebecca J Stewart||Rioting in the Age of Emancipation: An Exploration into the Instigation and Outcomes of the 1866 Memphis Race Riots in Reconstruction Tennessee||Professor Kristofer Allerfeldt|
|Robert Milan Maxwell Grant Voykovic||BRITISH ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY MAGAZINES AND CONTEMPORARY HISTORIES OF THE GREAT WAR||Professor Catriona Pennell|
|Onomastics (naming) in the Brittonic language of Early Cornwall (the period spanning pre-history to 1100CE).|
Ex Historia is an online journal published by postgraduate history students at the University of Exeter.
Supervisors - all students have a primary and a secondary supervisor who provide regular, high quality advice, support and direction in their academic endeavours. You will work closely with your supervisors over three to four years (full time PhD) or six to seven (part-time PhD) to develop, investigate and write-up a project at the cutting edge of theological research.
Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests or use the search box on the right of this page to find a supervisor.
Mentor - each student will also be assigned a mentor who will take on a pastoral role and mediate on any problems that arise during the period of study. Your mentor will keep in regular contact and will provide background stability and support.
Graduate School Office - the College of Humanities has a dedicated Graduate School Office that supports our postgraduate research students during their study with us. The Office promotes intellectual and social contact between research students in all our disciplines to foster a vibrant research community within the College.
View list of funding opportunities available to students on our research degree programmes in History.
The College of Humanities works closely with the University’s Career Zone to help you gain the skills, experience and expertise employers are looking for. There are a wide range of opportunities to enhance your employability, along with the support you need to make important career decisions.
We have our own Employability Officer who works to develop close links with employers and arranges careers events.
Below are some examples of initial jobs undertaken by History postgraduates who studied with us in recent years.
Please note that due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Curriculum Area Manager
Senior consultant developer
Research and Development Officer
Boydell and Brewer