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School of Area Studies, History, Politics & Literature (SASHPL)

Explore the research and teaching activities taking place with our School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


In the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature (SASHPL), we provide a supportive and personal environment that promotes the potential of every student. We're a welcoming, collaborative academic community, with teaching delivered by inspiring, expert staff.

Our courses reflect our expertise in research, teaching and learning, and ensure all of our students realise their potential and are set for success. Our culture is built on accountability, fairness, integrity and transparency, and we value equality, inclusion and authentic professional and personal development.

Teaching

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses, both on campus and via distance learning. Our programmes focus on making sense of the world in which we live and developing new approaches to better understand and respond constructively to major global, national, and local issues in politics, culture, history, identity, sustainability, and gender.

Our academic and professional staff have close ties with our local community — including employers — so we can offer our students opportunities for work placements, internships, and work-based learning.

Our teaching areas

Explore the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer within the following areas.

Or read about postgraduate research opportunities on our Area Studies and International DevelopmentHistoryLiterary Studies and Politics and International Relations postgraduate research degrees pages.

Research

Our research covers multiple disciplines and aligns with the University’s strategic research themes of democratic citizenship, health and wellbeing, sustainability and the environment, security and risk, and future and emerging technologies.

We're proud of our research culture, with a strong commitment to scholarship and publication in both the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) and the Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL), which inform all our teaching and business services. We're also home to the Citizenship, Race and Belonging Research Group, which explores who is considered to belong within the nation-state, and how ‘outsiders’ are perceived and treated.

Our research areas

Explore the work we're doing across the 4 research areas that sit within the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature (SASHPL).

Our research centres

Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below.

Research project highlights

Our staff

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Dr Stephen Corbett

  • Job Title Interim Head of School
  • Email Address stephen.corbett@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Miss Janet Bryant

  • Job Title Associate Head (Academic)
  • Email Address Janet.Bryant@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Dr Paraic Finnerty

  • Job Title Associate Head (Research and Innovation) - SASHPL, Reader in English and American Literature
  • Email Address Paraic.Finnerty@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Robert Frith

  • Job Title Associate Head (Quality and Curriculum) - SASHPL, Principal Lecturer in Politics
  • Email Address Robert.Frith@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Explore the other Schools and Departments that make up our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 2992

Email: hss-enquiries@port.ac.uk

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With effect from Monday 23 March and until further notice, we're operating a very limited opening arrangement due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

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