Staff Profiles: History

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Dr. David Webster

Dr. David Webster

Acting Head of Humanities

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

English and Creative Writing

My role allows me to switch from collaborating with colleagues on enhancing learning and teaching in the university, to working with students on topics as diverse as Satanist activism, Buddhism, existentialism & also leading our Cordoba field trip.

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Academic Course Leader in History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am a Senior Lecturer in American history, teaching courses on democracy and slavery in the 19th century, reconstruction and the South after the Civil War, major themes in 20th century US history, and the long civil rights movement.

Dr. David Howell

Dr. David Howell

Lecturer in History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am a lecturer in early modern history, with wider interests in national and intangible forms of heritage and archaeology.

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Professor of Soviet History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I teach Russian and Soviet history and historical research methods.

Dr. Paul Innes

Dr. Paul Innes

Academic Subject Leader in Literary and Critical Studies

English and Creative Writing

I'm a specialist in Shakespeare studies and I'm particularly interested in what his plays meant at the time they were written and how they were performed on his own stage.

Dr. Adrian Long

Dr. Adrian Long

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Biblical and theological perspectives offer sometimes surprising, sometimes problematic insights on what it means to be human. I’m fascinated by the hard questions they provoke for understanding who we are and how we might live.

Dr. Vicky Morrisroe

Dr. Vicky Morrisroe

Senior Lecturer in History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I have a specialist interest in European Intellectual History, and am particularly interested in the relationship between race, religion and historiography in the nineteenth century.

Dr. Erin Peters

Dr. Erin Peters

Lecturer in Early Modern History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am a lecturer in early modern history with research interests in seventeenth-century Britain and interdisciplinary expertise in memory, commemoration and post-conflict studies in early modern Europe.

Dr. Arran Stibbe

Dr. Arran Stibbe

Reader in Ecological Linguistics

English and Creative Writing

In my teaching and research I focus on how language makes us who we are as people, and the role of language in building the kind of society we live in, using discourse analysis and ecolinguistics.