Council members

Professor Helen Nicholson

Helen Nicholson is Professor of Medieval History at Cardiff University/Prifysgol Caerdydd. A former Head of the History Department, her research focuses on the military religious orders and the Crusades, including a wide range of publications on the history of the Templars.

Professor Chris Marsh

Chris Marsh is Professor of Early Modern History at Queen’s University, Belfast. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, from popular religion to popular music. He is currently preparing a website that will feature digital images and new recordings by The Carnival Band (and invited guests) of a ‘top 100’ broadside ballads from seventeenth-century England. In 2017 he delivered an RHS lecture on gender in best-selling early modern ballads, which you can view in our video archive.

Dr Adam Budd

Adam Budd is Lecturer in Cultural History at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on authorship and literary culture during eighteenth century, and on the development of history as an academic discipline. Dr Budd sits on our Race, Ethnicity and Equality working group, and is active with the Higher Education Academy and Edinburgh’s Widening Participation initiatives.

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 at the University of York, specializing in the transnational history of early modern and modern Japan and China. His recent publications include the monographs Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushido in Modern Japan (Oxford, 2014) and, together with Ran Zwigenberg, Japan’s Castles: Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace (Cambridge, 2019). For more information on Oleg’s research, please see

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 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.