Contemporary History and Politics Research Group
This research group is led by Dr James Cooper and Dr Christopher Kirkland.
We are interested in the intersection between politics and history.
A majority of current members have research interests in Europe and/or North America.
We host a minimum of 3 events per year, comprising of 1 external practitioner, 1 academic speaker and 1 internal presentation. We offer opportunities for staff and postgraduate researchers to showcase their latest research and receive feedback on this.
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We would welcome PhDs that explore the intersection of history and politics particularly with a geographical focus on Europe and/or North America, including, but not limited to:
- British political history since 1945
- International Organisations, such as the UN
- The Northern Ireland peace process
- The legacy of the Vietnam War
- The US presidency
Barnes, R. (2022) "In the Mutual Interest": The Making and Breaking of the United Kingdom-Ceylon Defence Agreement, 1947-1957. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 50 (6) 1093-1122
Cooper, J. (2022) A Diplomatic Meeting: Regan, Thatcher, and the Art of Summitry Lexington: University Press of Kentucky
Kirkland, C. (2022) Labours Economic Ideology: Developed Through Crises Bristol: Bristol University Press
Jarvis, S. (2022) 'The R2P and Atrocity Prevention: Contesting Human Rights as a Threat to International Peace and Security.' European Journal of International Security
A Conversation with Lord Kinnock
April 2023. A Conversation with Lord Kinnock, Leader of the Labour Party 1983-92.
Dr James Cooper
Group leader, Associate Professor (History and American Studies)
Dr Christopher Kirkland
Group leader, Lecturer in Politics
Dr Robert Barnes
Dr Alexander Beaumont
Dr Samuel Jarvis
Dr James Lorenz
Professor Esther McIntosh
Professor of Feminist Theology and Ethics