Professor Mary Vincent

Vice President and Chair of Research Policy Committee

Mary Vincent teaches at the University of Sheffield where she is Professor of Modern European History. She is on the editorial boards of Contemporary European History and Gender and History. Her main research interests lie in the history of modern Spain, particularly in the period of the Civil War and the Franco dictatorship (1931-75). An interest in the social basis of Franco’s support, particularly that provided by the Catholic Church, has informed much of her work and had led to research interests in both the radical right and the history of gender.  Recently, her work has focused on violence and legitimacy, both in a comparative European context and in Spain itself. These themes are explored in her Modern Spain 1833-2002: People and State (2007) and have also led to her current project on iconoclasm, religious violence and the nature of Franco’s ‘crusade’.