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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.

Explore our research centres and research projects to find out more about our current research topics.

Visit our History staff profiles pages for details on individual staff research interests and publications.

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.

StudentResearch titleLead 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
Max Hodgson    
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
Ryan Kemp    
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
Jasmine Losasso    
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
Elizabeth Neale    
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
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
StudentResearch titleLead 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
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. 

Graduate destinations

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.

Job titlesOrganisations
Curriculum Area Manager
Senior consultant developer
Research and Development Officer
Historian writer

Boydell and Brewer
Bristol University
Duchy College
Fox Historical
Green Gaia Films
Spinger Nature
Thales e-Security
The History Press
University of Bristol
University of Exeter