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Staff in the School of Historical Studies


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Head of School



  • Dr David Bannister, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Dr Ruth Beecher, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Allison Deutsch, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Nineteenth-Century European Art
  • Dr Eliana Hadjisavvas, Alfred Landecker Lecturer Fellow
  • Dr Sasha Hepburn – on leave 2023-4
  • Dr Lenny Hodges, Early Career Fellow
  • Dr Sarah Howard, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Dr Becka Hudson
  • Dr Simon Huxtable, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Dr Rhian Keyse, Postdoctoral Researcher, Modern African History
  • Dr Matthew Leonard, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Dr William Pimlott


  • Dr Charlotte Ashby
  • Dr Clare Vernon
  • Dr Tom Wilkinson
  • Dr Stuart Brookes
  • Dr Steph Bowry
  • Michael Berlin

Visiting and affiliated academics

  • Dr Hugh Lawson-Tancred
  • Dr Simon May: Simon May's interests lie in ethics, philosophy of the emotions, questions of identity and belonging, and German nineteenth- and twentieth-century thought, especially the work of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. He is also a devotee of the aphoristic form. He is editor of Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morality: A Critical Guide and co-editor of Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy. Outside academic philosophy, he has written op-ed articles for newspapers such as The Washington Post and the Financial Times. 
  • Dr Christian Onof: Christian Onof’s first degree and PhD are in Mathematics and Engineering; he has an MA and a PhD in Philosophy from Birkbeck College and University College London respectively. His main research interests are in the Philosophy of Kant, the Hard Problem of Consciousness, Free Will and Existentialism. He has published in the Philosophical Review, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Kant Studien, Kantian Review, Kant Yearbook. He is co-founder of the journal Episteme and Area Editor for 18th and 19th Century German Philosophy at the Internet Encyclopedia of PhilosophyVisit Christian Onof's website
  • Anthony Savile
  • Professor John Skorupski: John Skorupski is Professor Emeritus of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. His current interests are in moral and political philosophy, meta-ethics and epistemology, and the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy. He is working on a book with the provisional title Late Modern Ethics 1800–1975.
  • Dr Gudrun Von Tevenar
  • Dr Steph Marston
  • Professor Barry C. Smith: Professor Barry C. Smith is Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, before which he was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Birkbeck. He is a philosopher of language and mind, and his current research is on the multisensory nature of perceptual experience, focusing on taste, smell and flavour. His latest collaborative research has been focused on Covid-19 and smell loss. Barry has written theoretical and experimental papers, publishing in Nature, Food Quality and Preference, Chemical Senses and Flavour. In 2007, he edited Questions of Taste: the philosophy of wine (OUP). Barry is a frequent broadcaster, whose contributions have frequently appeared on BBC, in The World of Fine Wine, and in Prospect Magazine. He regularly collaborates with chefs and artists and consults widely for the food and drinks industry in the UK and internationally. As recently noted in the Springer Handbook of Eating and Drinking, Barry Smith's 'interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial research collaborations address factors that impact the experience of eating, our health, and wellbeing. Eating, including the provision of food and the consumption of food, is the biggest industry in the world, and a major contributor to our health, and to our enjoyment. .
  • Dr Raamy Majeed: Raamy Majeed is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. Prior to this, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (as a member of Tim Crane's Templeton Foundation project, 'New Directions in the Study of Mind'). He has also worked as a lecturer at the University of Otago, Lehigh University and the Open University. His primary research interests are in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. He is also interested in aesthetics, metaphysics and philosophy of race.