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Current students' research projects

Fred Anscombe
  • Orchan Dede: From an Imperial Vision to A Nation Building Process: The Influence of Ottoman Thinking on Turkey’s Foreign Policy Making Process during the Balkan Conferences and the Balkan Pact of 1934.
  • Ghena El Hariri: Political Legitimacy through the Control of Mecca.
  • Elis Gjevori: Conversion to Islam in the Balkans: The Islamisation of Albania during the 15-18th century.
  • Sue Kentish: Turning points in Anglo-Ottoman Relations in an Age of Revolutions, 1789 to 1839
  • Zeljka Oparnica: Jews within and beyond the Jewish mahala in the post-Ottoman Balkans. Sarajevo, Belgrade and Sofia’s production of integration (1878-1918)
Jennifer Baird
  • Irene Liesk: A new perspective on preparing and cooking food in Greek houses: household management, foodways and cultural identity. Also supervised by 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).
Joanna Bourke
  • Steffan Blayney: Health & Efficiency: Fatigue, the Science of Work and the Working Body, c. 1870-1939.
  • 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.
  • Linda Maynard: Brotherly Love in the Great War
  • Neil Penlington: Men and Marriage in England, 1918-1960: Consent, celebration and consummation. Also supervised by Professor Matt Cook
  • Susanna Shapland: A Cultural History of Psychopathy, 1891-1959.
  • 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. Also supervised by 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. Also supervised by Dr Hilary Sapire
  • Marian Flint: Reverses of Fortune: masculinity, the middle classes and financial failure in England 1850-1890.
  • 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.
  • Stephen Hastings: The sharing, shaping and development of status and identity in the Megaran Sicilian colony of Selinous and its settlements in the ninth to fourth centuries BC. Also supervised by Dr Caspar Meyer
  • Agathi Karadima: Cave cult in West Greece: The case of Drakaina Cave on Kephallonia. Also supervised by 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.. Also supervised by 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. Also supervised by Dr Caspar Meyer
Matt Cook
  • Nicholas Basannavar: Representations of Child Sexual Abuse in Britain, 1945-1991.
  • Luca Lapolla: Anarchist heterotopias: Post-1968 libertarian communities in Britain and Italy. Also supervised by Dr Becky Taylor (UEA).
  • Mike Laycock: Gay men and Doctor Who: Fandom as transitional space. Co-supervised with Dr Amber Jacobs
  • Neil Penlington: Men and Marriage in England, 1918-1960: Consent, celebration and consummation. Also supervised by Professor Joanna Bourke
  • Victoria Powell: ‘The Knight from Nowhere’: a biographical case study of social mobility in Victorian Britain .
Serafina Cuomo
  • Rosalind Pulvermacher: How did Proclus, the late antique Platonic philosopher, influence the ideology of empire?
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
  • Anna Gialdini (co-supervised, University of the Arts): A historical, material and cultural analysis of Greek-style bookbindings in Renaissance Venice
  • 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
David Feldman
  • Sue Blunn: Why did the British admire sati in the mid-19th century, a practice they had banned as barbaric in British India in 1829? Widow-burning in the Indian princely states and the question of the limits of cultural toleration.
  • Helen Carr: How did the British state accommodate Muslims in the education system, c.1970-1997?
  • 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)
  • Peter Harrington: The Papacy and the cult of St Peter in sixth century Rome. Also supervised by Vanessa Harding.
  • Rasmus Olsen: Sultanic Rule as Symbolic Practice - Imposing, Opposing and Negotiating Rulership in 13th-14th Centurey Damascus
  • Jack Watkins: Constructing collective identity among mobile populations: the emergence of rural communes in the medieval Papal States
Vanessa Harding
  • Aaron Columbus: Plague and the poor in early modern London
  • Angela Cox: Children in English Portraits c1570 - c1630. Also supervised by Dr Kate Retford (History of Art)
  • Peter Harrington: The Papacy and the cult of St Peter in sixth century Rome. Also supervised by 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. Also supervised by 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. Also supervised by Dr Carmen Mangion.
  • Xu Yang: Early Modern London and the Rules of Business: London Merchants and Institutions. Also supervised by Professor Matthew Davies.
John Henderson
Michael Hunter (retired, not taking on new research students)
  • Clare Fitzpatrick: The collections of strange or "paranormal" experiences in the works of Henry More (1614-1687).
Matthew Innes
  • Caroline Clark: Late Antique and Early Medieval Burial Practice in Gaul: A Diverse Landscape.
  • 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
  • Stanley Hardie: Migration in the mid-Victorian Period: A study of migration from the parishes of Meare in Somerset and Sutton in Cambridgeshire.
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. Also supervised by 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. Also supervised by 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
Caspar Meyer
  • Stephen Hastings: The sharing, shaping and development of status and identity in the Megaran Sicilian colony of Selinous and its settlements in the ninth to fourth centuries BC. Also supervised by Dr Christy Constantakopoulou
  • Agathi Karadima: Cave cult in West Greece: The case of Drakaina Cave on Kephallonia. Also supervised by Dr Christy Constantakopoulou
  • Irene Liesk: A new perspective on preparing and cooking food in Greek houses: household management, foodways and cultural identity. Also supervised by Dr Jen Baird.
  • Owain Morris: ‘Ties that bind’: assessing ancient networks in Iron Age Campania.. Also supervised by Dr Christy Constantakopoulou
  • Nicholas Salmon: Between Asia and Europe: Mediterranean networks and island identity on Rhodes, 8th to 5th centuries BC. Also supervised by Dr Christy Constantakopoulou
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
  • Charles Williams: ‘Abnormal conditioning’: brainwashing, mind control and psychiatry
Jessica Reinisch
  • Jane Mumby
Tim Reynolds
  • Robert Cowie: A History of London's Archaeology: 1945-2010
  • Clare McKenna: Can a computer based operating system advance our understanding of the contextual relationship between cut marks and stone tools?
  • 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
  • Jack Watling: The Evolution of British Official Attitudes towards Political Violence and Civil War: sovereignty, intervention and international governance, 1900-1925.
Hilary Sapire
  • Amelia Clegg: Combat and the Constitution of 'middle' Command: Leadership, Masculinity and Identity 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. Also supervised by 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
Laura Stewart (no longer at Birkbeck)
  • Calum Wright: Anglo-Scottish interactions and the development of political culture, c. 1637-1649. Also supervised by Brodie Waddell.
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.
  • Antonio Weiss: Management consultancy and the UK state in the twentieth century and beyond (c. 1920-2010)
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. Also supervised by 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.
  • Michael Romyn: The Aylesbury: Life in an Inner-City Estate, 1967-2009.
  • 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
  • Beverley Brown: Uncovering the Social and Cultural World of Edmond Halley (1656-1742)
  • Anna Cusack: The Marginal Dead of Early Modern London
  • Charlie Taverner
  • Calum Wright: Anglo-Scottish interactions and the development of political culture, c. 1637-1649. Also supervised by Laura Stewart.