This History research group includes diverse scholars working on aspects of social and cultural history in America, Asia, Britain and Europe. 

Key areas addressed in strategic projects are the importance of ports as sites of unique socio-cultural exchange (Port Towns and Urban Cultures), the representation of the supernatural in urban environments (Supernatural Cities), and, in collaboration with the Centre for Studies in Literature, challenges to structures of authority in early modern society (Disrupted Authority). Another major research project evaluates railway worker accidents in Britain and Ireland (Railway Work, Life and Death). 

Other areas of focus in the research group include student activism and civil rights, gender history, and revolutionary political cultures. The group has strong links with external partners, including the D-Day Story, Mary Rose Museum, National Railway Museum, and Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust, and collaborates with them to exchange knowledge. We hold regular research seminars and events to showcase our research as well as the work of invited speakers.

Research supervision is available in all these fields. 

Visit the University of Portsmouth History blog: history.port.ac.uk

Research group leads

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Dr Maria Cannon

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History, and Senior Wellbeing Tutor
  • Email Address maria.cannon@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Robert James

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in History
  • Email Address Robert.James@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

Members

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Professor David Andress

  • Job Title Professor of Modern History
  • Email Address David.Andress@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Melanie Marie Bassett

  • Job Title Research Fellow
  • Email Address prm30563@myport.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Professor Brad Beaven

  • Job Title Professor in Social and Cultural History
  • Email Address Bradley.Beaven@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Karl Bell

  • Job Title Reader in Cultural and Social History, and Course Leader MA Naval History
  • Email Address Karl.Bell@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Jodi Burkett

  • Job Title Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader in History
  • Email Address Jodi.Burkett@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Professor Tony Chafer

  • Job Title Professor of French and African Studies
  • Email Address Tony.Chafer@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Mike Esbester

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in History
  • Email Address Mike.Esbester@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Paul Flenley

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Email Address Paul.Flenley@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Katy Gibbons

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in History
  • Email Address Katy.Gibbons@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Matthew Heaslip

  • Job Title Lecturer in Naval History
  • Email Address matthew.heaslip@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Marius Kwint

  • Job Title Reader in Visual Culture
  • Email Address Marius.Kwint@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Art Design and Performance
  • Faculty Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Fiona McCall

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History
  • Email Address fiona.mccall@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Mr Rudolph Ng

  • Job Title Lecturer in History
  • Email Address Rudolph.Ng@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Cathryn Pearce

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Naval and Maritime History
  • Email Address cathryn.pearce@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Thomas Rodgers

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in American Studies
  • Email Address thomas.rodgers@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Lee Sartain

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in American Studies
  • Email Address Lee.Sartain@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Mathias Seiter

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in History
  • Email Address Mathias.Seiter@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten

  • Job Title Reader in Childhood Studies and Director of Postgraduate
  • Email Address Wendy.Sims-Schouten@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Natalya Vince

  • Job Title Reader in North African and French Studies
  • Email Address Natalya.Vince@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

Visiting professor

  • Quintin Colville

PhD candidates

  • David Bangert
  • John Bolt
  • William Brooks
  • Fabienne Chamelot
  • Jaber Ferhat
  • Jayne Friend
  • Michael Hayes
  • Elina Hermane
  • Carlus Hudson
  • Jack Hunter
  • Megan Ison
  • Ida Jørgenson
  • Ivana Lam
  • Adrian Parry
  • Rhys Phillips
  • William Sutton
  • Behice Tezçakar
  • Daisy Turnbull
  • Jenna Twyford-Jones

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