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Dr Clare Makepeace

BA Hons (Oxon), MA (London), PhD (London)

Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
26 Russell Square



  • Clare Makepeace is a cultural historian of warfare. She completed her PhD at Birkbeck in 2013 and then worked as a Teaching Fellow at University College London (2013-2016).  As well as being an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, she is a guest lecturer at the Institute for Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge.

Research and teaching

  • Research interests
  • Clare’s research focuses upon the emotional cost of war on the individual and their loved ones, both during conflict and afterwards. She has published extensively on British soldiers in the First World War and on British prisoners of war held in Europe and the Far East in the Second World War. In exploring experiences in warfare, Clare pays particular attention to gender, emotions and memory. She is also interested in how letters, diaries and other personal narratives written by servicemen convey, and interact with, the experiences they record.
  • Teaching
  • Clare has previously taught modern British history and core courses to BA and MA students at Birkbeck (2010-2013) and taught and examined gender history to BA and MA students at University College London (2013-2016).



Honours and awards

  • Doctoral studentship, Arts and Humanities Research Council (2009 to 2012).

Current activities

  • Clare is currently teaching online and short courses on prisoners of war in the Second World War at the Institute for Continuing Education, University of Cambridge. She also works with various media professionals in a consultancy and on-air capacity.