Council members

Professor Clare Griffiths

Clare Griffiths is Chair of Modern History at Cardiff University. and director of Postgraduate Research in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.   Her research interests include twentieth-century British political and cultural history, and main areas of expertise: history of the British Left; the Labour party, organisation and policy; political culture c.1918-1950; rural and agricultural history; land use and land policy; cultural history of the home front during the Second World War; inter-war literature and publishing; commemoration and politicised histories; Englishness and depictions of place; landscape and visual art. She is a member of AHRC Peer Review College, and EC member of the Agricultural History Society and the British Agricultural History Society.

Professor Paul Readman

Paul Readman is a Lecturer in Modern British History at King’s College London.  His research interests include modern British political and cultural history. His publications include Land and Nation in England: Patriotism, National Identity and the Politics of Land, 1880-1914 (2008), and The Land Question in Britain, 1750-1950 (2009).  His current book project concerns the history of the English landscape between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries. He co-convenes the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) seminar ‘Britain, 1815-1945’.

Dr Oleg Benesch

Oleg Benesch is Senior Lecturer in East Asian History, specializing in the history of early modern and modern Japan and China. His teaching interests include Japanese intellectual, religious, and social history, Chinese intellectual history, and the transnational history of modern East Asia.  His recent publications include his recent monograph, Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushido in Modern Japan (2014), and a co-authored volume, Civilizing Emotions: Concepts in Nineteenth-Century Asia and Europe (2015). He is currently working on a long-term research project examining the influence perceptions of militarism and martial identity have had on China-Japan relations, and is also engaged in an ongoing research project with Prof Ran Zwigenberg of Pennsylvania State University, focusing on the modern history of Japanese castles.

Professor Julia Barrow

Julia Barrow is Professor of Medieval Studies in the School of History at the University of Leeds. She was educated at St Andrews (MA) and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (DPhil). Her research interests focus on bishops, clergy and charters of the earlier and central middle ages and her publications include editions of episcopal acta for Hereford and St Davids, and a monograph on the career-patterns of clergy 800-1200 (The Clergy in the Medieval World, CUP, 2015). Her current research concentrates on the concept of reform in the middle ages.

Professor Elaine Chalus

Elaine Chalus  is the author of Elite Women in English Political Life c.1754-1790 (OUP, 2005), and two collections of essays, co-edited with Hannah Barker, on women’s and gender history: Women’s History, Britain, 1700-1850: An Introduction (Routledge, 2005), and Gender in Eighteenth-Century England: Roles, Representations & Responsibilities (Pearson, 1997), as well as numerous book chapters and essays. Her overwhelming interest is in the operation of social and political culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly through women’s lived experience. She is currently researching the life and times of the diarist Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle (1778–1857).

Dr Marcus Collins

Marcus Collins is Senior Lecturer in Cultural History at the University of Loughborough. He researches permissiveness, popular culture, national identity, gender, sexuality, historiography and the experience of modernity in twentieth-century Britain. He is the author of Modern Love: An Intimate History of Men and Women in Twentieth-Century Britain (Atlantic, 2003) and the editor of The Permissive Society and its Enemies: Sixties British Culture (Rivers Oram, 2007). He is currently working on two book-length projects: ‘The Beatles and the Permissive Society’ and ‘Experiencing Modernity in Late Twentieth-Century Britain’.

Professor Karin Friedrich

Karin Friedrich is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Aberdeen. After a PhD from Georgetown University she held a post at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL. Her research focuses on the German-Polish borderlands in the context of early modern Europe, citizenship, religious and political identities, and the constitution of early modern commonwealths. Her books include, among others, the prize-winning The Other Prussia. Poland, Prussia and Liberty, 1569-1772 with Cambridge University Press (2000/2006, translated into Polish), and Brandenburg- Prussia, 1466-1806. The Rise of a Composite State (Palgrave, 2011). She is currently working on the transnational religious and political networks of the Lithuanian aristocracy.

Professor Huw Pryce

Huw Pryce is Professor of Welsh History at Bangor University. He studied at Jesus College, Oxford (MA, DPhil). A medievalist whose research also focuses on modern interpretations and uses of the past, his publications include Native Law and the Church in Medieval Wales (Clarendon Press, 1993), The Acts of Welsh Rulers, 1120–1283 (University of Wales Press, 2005) and J. E. Lloyd and the Creation of Welsh History (UWP, 2011). He is currently working on a book for OUP on the historiography of Wales from the middle ages to the present and is co-editor of The Welsh History Review.


Dr Andrew Roach

Andrew Roach is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of The Devil’s World: Heresy and Society, 1100-1300 (Longman, 2005). His research interests lie in medieval religion, both of western and south-eastern Europe. He is currently working on a long-term project, Lights: a study of illumination in the middle ages, along with a history of the Balkans in the later middle ages.

Dr Sujit Sivasundaram

Sujit Sivasundaram is Reader in World History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow in History at Gonville and Caius College.  His two monographs are: Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850 (Cambridge UP: 2005) and Islanded: Britain, Sri Lanka and the Bounds of an Indian Ocean Colony (Chicago UP: 2013). He is currently working on a book on the rise of the British Empire and the age of revolutions in the Indian and Pacific oceans. His published work has informed a debate about how to globalise the history of science. He is co-editor of The Historical Journal.

Professor Patricia Skinner

Patricia Skinner holds a Personal Chair in History at Swansea University. Her research interests include the history of southern Italy in the early middle ages, gender relations in medieval Europe, Jewish history and the history of health and medicine. She is currently completing a project sponsored by the Wellcome Trust on medical and social responses to disfigurement in medieval Europe. Her most recent book was on Medieval Amalfi and its Diaspora, 800-1250 (Oxford, 2013).

Professor Jane Winters

Jane is Professor of Digital History at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has led or co-directed a range of digital projects, including most recently Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities; Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata; Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data; the Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS; and Born Digital Big Data and Approaches for History and the Humanities.