Dr Chris Jeppesen

Teaching Fellow

Chris Jeppesen's main area of interest is the late British empire and, in particular, the shifting place of imperialism within domestic culture. After completing his undergraduate degree and MPhil, he became a secondary school History teacher for three years before returning to undertake a PhD. Chris' doctoral research explored the process of making a career in the British imperial civil services during the period 1900-60, focussing on recruits’ motivations as the empire moved from its ‘high-noon to sunset’ and the implications this had upon their career expectations. It considered how careers in empire have been recalled and narrated in retrospect, which, in turn, has engendered a broader interest in the enduring legacies of the imperial encounter in British culture after the formal end of empire. After completing his PhD Chris was an AHRC cultural engagement fellow at UCL, working on a project entitled ‘East meets West: Caribbean and Asian colonial cultures in British domestic contexts’, with The East India Company at Home team, the Legacies of British Slavery team and the British Library. His research suggested that the late-18th/early-19th century empire was far more interconnected than is often acknowledged, with certain families constructing intricate networks of opportunity that spanned Britain, the Caribbean and India.

In his current position as Teaching Fellow, Chris is responsible for the historical survey course, Britain and the Wider World, and a tutor on the first year skills module ‘Writing History’. He is also the department’s current Writing and Learning Mentor.

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

2013 PhD  Cambridge 
2005 MPhil  Cambridge 
2004 MA (Hons)  St Andrews 

Courses taught

HIST6406 Britain and the Wider World, 1878-1982
HIST1006 Writing History

IRIS Researcher Profile 

Mr Chris Jeppesen