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Dr Michael Collins


Michael Collins joined UCL in 2007 as Lecturer in Modern British, Imperial and World History after studying at Oxford, Cambridge and the LSE. His research is on decolonisation: the end of the European empires in the twentieth century, especially the British one. 

His first book was on Rabindranath Tagore in the context of imperialism, anti-colonial nationalism and the British-Indian relationship. His second book (under contract with I. B. Tauris), is entitled Decolonization and Globalization Since 1945. It provides a historiographical analysis of the ways in which the end of the European empires intersected with the growth of international institutions, norms and networks.

In addition, Michael is working on the history of British experiments with federations, notably in central and east Africa in the 1950s. His recent journal article Decolonisation and the Federal Moment sketches some of the parameters of this project. A further, related study is on Sir Andrew Cohen, a key figure in the Colonial Office after WW2 and the Governor of Uganda from 1952-57.

Michael welcomes applications from students wishing to study for a PhD connected to imperialism and decolonization after 1945.

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

2009  DPhil University of Oxford 
2001 MPhil University of Cambridge 
2000 BSc/MSc LSE 
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society 

Major Publications

IRIS Researcher Profile 

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