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Current students' research projects

Fred Anscombe
  • Ghena El Hariri: Political Legitimacy through the Control of Mecca.
  • Sue Kentish: Turning points in Anglo-Ottoman Relations in an Age of Revolutions, 1789 to 1839.
  • Zeljka Oparnica: The In-Between Diaspora. The crisis and renaissance of the Balkan Sephardim (1890-1940)
Jennifer Baird
  • Ilaria Bucci: Scratching the surface: a comparative analysis of the graffiti from Hatra, North Iraq
  • Irene Liesk: A new perspective on preparing and cooking food in Greek houses: household management, foodways and cultural identity. Co-supervision: Dr Caspar Meyer.
  • Rebekka Valke: Looking through the cooking pot: identity expression via the study of ceramics. A consumption approach towards a local Vesuvian identity in Roman Pompeii (89 BC - AD 79).
  • Beth Hodgett: AHRC student - OGS Crawford's Photographic Archive. Co-supervision: Lesley McFadyen.
Joanna Bourke
  • Caitlin Cunningham: Gender, Race and Sexual Violence in the Nineteenth-Century North American West, 1849-1910.
  • Rebecka Klette: Nordic Decay: The reception and application of degeneration theory and the concept of atavism in Scandinavian cultural debate, criminal anthropology, medicine, and eugenics, 1880-1922.
  • Adeline Moussion: A Sexual violence, subjective violation, incorporated domination. An ethnograpy of medico-social care provided by feminist organisations supporting victims of sexual violence in France.
  • Cora Šalkovskis: Telephones, electricity, a mouse and a weasel’: the meaning and lived experience of embodied delusions and hallucinations in British Asylums, c. 1870-1930
  • John Siblon: War Memory and the construction of hierarchy: representations of black colonial servicemen in the aftermath of the Great War.
Sean Brady
  • Ben Bethell: The “Star Class”: “Contamination” and classification in English convict prisons before 1930. Co-supervision: Prof Jerry White.
  • Ann Cotterrell: Mixed Messages: British Perceptions of Race and Gender through the Lens of Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Activities in Ghana c.1880–1914. Co-supervision: Dr Hilary Sapire.
  • Sean Newman: For God, Ulster and the ‘B’ Men: A History of the Ulster Special Constabulary, 1920 - 1970.
  • Victoria Russell: Romanticism and the Androgynous Zone: The Platonic Androgyne as a symbol of psycho-sexual equality amongst radical rational dissenters in England between the 1790s and the 1840s.
  • Daniel Rossall Valentine: English sabbatarianism in the early 19th century.
Christy Constantakopoulou
  • Simon Cearns: The Role of the Thetes in Classical Athens.
  • Agathi Karadima: Cave cult in West Greece: The case of Drakaina Cave on Kephallonia. Co-supervision: Dr Caspar Meyer.
  • John Marley: Control, exchange and communication between Rhodes and the Rhodian Peraia, in 3rd- 2nd century BC.
  • Owain Morris: ‘Ties that bind’: assessing ancient networks in Iron Age Campania. Co-supervision: Dr Caspar Meyer.
  • Isabel Paintin: Ways of seeing: Opsis in Herodotus.
  • Richard Phillips: The Nature, Derivation and Use of Soft Power in the Ancient Cyclades.
  • Nicholas Salmon: Between Asia and Europe: Mediterranean networks and island identity on Rhodes, 8th to 5th centuries BC. Co-supervision: Dr Caspar Meyer.
Matt Cook
  • Lee Arnott: Confronting the masculine military ideal: experiences of gay working-class soldiers in the Army since 1960. How did gay soldiers navigate the punitive environment of the Army, an institution at odds with wider societal changes.
  • Nicholas Basannavar: Representations of Child Sexual Abuse in Britain, 1945-1991.
  • Yvette Williams Elliott: Working Class Women and Networks of Public Life in London, 1900-1940. Co-supervision: Dr Alana Harris.
  • Mike Laycock: Gay men and Doctor Who: Fandom as transitional space. Co-supervision: Dr Amber Jacobs.
Rebecca Darley
  • Christopher Budleigh: Quantifying the influence of economics in the relationship between Byzantium and Venice from 1081-1204.
  • Sidin Sunny: Medieval Obligations: Modelling the role of Charity in Abbasid economy.
Filippo de Vivo
  • Daisy Livingston (Bloomsbury studentship with SOAS): Archival Practices in The Medieval Arabic Lands (c.1250-1500). Documents and archives at the center and periphery of Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt and Syria: Communal and private practices in a diversified literature society.
Catharine Edwards
  • Rosalind Pulvermacher: How did Proclus, the late antique Platonic philosopher, influence the ideology of empire? Co-supervision: Prof Serafina Cuomo and Dr Peter Singer.
  • Alexanda Rutterford: Greek And Roman Portrait Sculpture In The English Country House (Working Title).
  • Stephanie Ulrich
David Feldman
  • Sue Blunn The presence, nature and function of discourses on sati in British socio-political culture, c. 1833 - 1899
  • Robin Sisson: The relationship between British Trade Unions and black and Asian workers 1968-80.
Orlando Figes
  • Robert Collins: The Ethnic Question in the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh (UK).
Caroline Goodson (no longer at Birkbeck)
Vanessa Harding
  • Aaron Columbus: Plague and the poor in the suburban environs of early modern London, c. 1600-1650
  • Angela Cox: Children in English Portraits c1570 - c1630. Co-supervision: Dr Kate Retford (History of Art).
  • Peter Harrington: The Roman Church and Papal Authority 476-604. Co-supervision: Dr Caroline Goodson.
  • Gary Jenkins: Christ's Hospital: charity and poor relief in the City of London c. 1552-1670.
  • Sarah Lennard-Brown: An investigation into the development of the Almshouses of London and their role in lay piety and the relief of poverty 1350-1550. Co-supervision: Professor John Henderson.
  • Janet Tyson: ‘A Curious Herbal’: Elizabeth Blackwell’s historic book as an outgrowth of Scottish immigrant networking and enterprise in eighteenth-century London. Co-supervision: Dr Carmen Mangion.
  • Xu Yang: Early Modern London and the Rules of Business: London Merchants and Institutions. Co-supervision: Professor Matthew Davies.
John Henderson
Michael Hunter (retired, not taking on new research students)
  • Clare Fitzpatrick: Exploring the paranormal in early modern England: ‘Miraculous and supernatural effects’ in the works of Henry More (1614-1687).
Matthew Innes
  • Robert Warnes: The free peasantry of the estates and liberty of the abbey of Bury St Edmunds in the tenth, eleventh and twelfth centuries.
Julia Laite
  • Annalisa Martin: Prostitution in West Germany, 1945 – 1979: Experiences of control from the garrison towns to the “Eros-Centres”.
Julia Lovell
  • Tim Chamberlain: Empirical Adventurers: Science & Imperial Exploration in East Tibet, 1900-1949
Carmen Mangion
  • Nicholas Evans: Stagnation or innovation? The work of the Local Government Board and its Medical Department between 1871 and 1919 and its impact on public health in England. Co-supervision: Dr Dora Vargha.
  • Janet Tyson: ‘A Curious Herbal’: Elizabeth Blackwell’s historic book as an outgrowth of Scottish immigrant networking and enterprise in eighteenth-century London. Co-supervision: Professor Vanessa Harding.
Lesley McFadyen
  • Samantha Brummage: Shifting the scales of analysis and bridging chronological boundaries in Mesolithic-Neolithic landscapes: spectrums of practice and occupation in the Colne and Nene Valleys.
  • Beth Hodgett: AHRC student - OGS Crawford's Photographic Archive. Co-supervision: Dr Jennifer Baird.
Daniel Pick
  • Katie Joice: Childhood in the Field of Vision: child socialisation, visual technologies and the 'psy' professions in Britain and America 1945-1965.
  • Ian Magor: How psychiatry and cinema helped create the notion of a 'brainwashed subject' between 1942 and 1960.
Jessica Reinisch
  • Jane Mumby
Tim Reynolds
  • Robert Cowie: A History of London's Archaeology: its organisation and achievement, 1945-2010
  • Andreas Jensen: Resilient and resourceful: A transect of Middle Palaeolithic Hominin adaptational strategies in Southwest Asia across bio-geographical zones.
Jan Rueger
  • Alina Khatib: The Kaiser-Panorama in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
Hilary Sapire
  • Amelia E. Clegg: Combat and the Constitution of ‘middle’ Command: Cultures of Leadership of Coldstream Guards Regimental Officers in the South African War (1899-1902).
  • Ann Cotterrell: Mixed Messages: British Perceptions of Race and Gender through the Lens of Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Activities in Ghana c.1880–1914. Co-supervision: Dr Sean Brady.
  • Richard Poteat: Mission Impossible: Confederate State Governors and the American Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Catherine Stenzl: Protestant Congregations in South West India: the road to autonomy, 1914 – 1961.
Chandak Sengoopta
  • Sugra Bibi: South Asia - Gulf labour histories. Subaltern cultures and technologies of financial flows, late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Naoko Shimazu
  • Timothy Chamberlain: Empirical Adventurers: Science and Imperial Exploration in East Tibet, 1900-1949
  • Ken Daimaru: Caring for the Diseased and the Wounded: Japanese Military Medicine and International Observers during and after the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1914.
Julian Swann
  • Elisabeth Salje: The Early Modern French State And Its Forests: the battle for wood resources in the provinces, with reference to the region of Guyenne-Languedoc (1661 to 1715).
  • Lynette White: Rules Of Informal Spaces At The Court Of Louis XV 1726-1764: The Rules Of Etiquette And Social Interaction Observed In Non-Public Spaces At The Court Of Louis XV.
Frank Trentmann
  • Guy Becket: Accounting for sati: Innovative statistics and the making of a social problem 1802-1832.
Nikolaus Wachsmann
  • Morwenna Blewett: The use and expulsion of conservation professionals by the Nazi kleptocracy.
  • Charles Dick: Hitler's Slave Drivers: the role of the Organisation Todt as overseers of forced labour under Nazism.
Jerry White
  • Michael Barram: Why were labour relations in the Port of London so troubled in the period 1940-1981, and to what extent did the problems in industrial relations contribute to the closing of the upper port?
  • Ben Bethell: The “Star Class”: “Contamination” and classification in English convict prisons before 1930. Co-supervision: Sean Brady.
  • Darren Bryant: The London Blitz 1940 – 1945: An examination into the diversity of experiences in the communities of London.
  • Guy Collender: Managing the world's greatest port: the origins and early years of the Port of London Authority, 1899-1939.
  • Colin Del Strother: War for the Souls of London: Evangelicals, Secularists and the Metropolitan Poor 1830-1900.
  • Laurence Eyton: Freeing London’s Streets: Space and Change in London 1840-1895.
  • Matthew Hirst: Profit and Politics or Monitor and Control: The role of munitions committees during the First World War.
  • Caroline Swan: The evolution of local identities and civic pride in London's boroughs, 1889-1939.
Brodie Waddell
  • Sarah Birt: A Fashionable Business: Mantuamakers, Milliners and Seamstresses in London c. 1670 – 1770.
  • Anna Cusack: The Marginal Dead of Early Modern London.
  • Charlie Taverner: Selling food in the street in London, c.1600-1750.