Peter D’Sena is a Learning and Teaching Specialist at the University of Hertfordshire and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. His key contributions to history education are borne from his enduring commitment, over four decades, to equality and inclusion. As a writer of the revised National Curriculum in the late 1990s he championed the introduction of black history; now he continues to lecture and write on decolonising the curriculum. As the HEA’s National Lead for History he organised the revision of the QAA Benchmark Statement and created innovative resources for those ‘New to Teaching’. He is a fellow of the Historical Association, a principal fellow of the HEA and last year he was elected to be the first President of SoTL’s European branch for History.
Thomas Otte is Professor of Diplomatic History in the School of History, University of East Anglia. He is the author or editor of some eighteen books, among them July Crisis: How the World Descended into War, Summer 1914 (CUP, 2014), and Statesman of Europe: A Life of Sir Edward Grey (Allen Lane, 2020).
Barbara Bombi is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Kent. Her research interests cover ecclesiastical and religious history in the High Middle Ages (1200-1450). She specialises in the medieval papacy and canon law, the Crusades of the early 13th century, and the history of the Military Orders. Her most recent monograph is Anglo-Papal Relations in the Early Fourteenth Century: A Study in Medieval Diplomacy (2019).
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Oleg Benesch is a Reader 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 www.olegbenesch.com.
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’.