Emeritus staff

Directory of UCL History's distinguished emeritus staff.

Professor Kathy Burk


Kathleen Burk is Professor Emerita of Modern and Contemporary History. Her general field is international history, concentrating especially on politics, diplomacy and finance. Kathleen specialises in the twentieth century, although publishes on earlier periods as well. Her primary area of research is Anglo-American relations, on which she has published three books and a number of articles, but she has also written on the history of merchant banks, and on international history generally. Furthermore Kathleen writes on wine and its history, on which she has published a book and a number of articles.

Professor Michael Crawford, FBA


Michael Crawford works on ancient economic and monetary history, the history of ancient Italy, Roman law, and the history of Roman law in the Middle Ages, as well as on the Renaissance, where his interests lie in the beginnings of archaeology and epigraphy as sciences.

Among Michael's publications are Roman Republican Coinage (1974), the coin descriptions from which have been reproduced in the openly accessible on-line catalogue of the Roman Republican coins in the British Museum; and Roman Statutes (1996), a corpus of legislation passed through the assemblies of the Roman people; it is out-of-print, and he hopes in the near future to publish a second edition with a supplement. Michael served as Director of the Projet Volterra, "Law, Empire and after, AD 193-1076", and, with John North, the Festus project, intended to produce a new edition of his lexicon, the incompletely preserved contents of which are central to our knowledge of Roman Republican institutions. Both were AHRC-funded projects.

Professor Wendy Davies, OBE, FBA


Wendy Davies has been retired since 2007, but until then taught medieval European history at UCL. Much of her research activity has been in collaboration with others, some of the best-known results being the Bucknell charter group's The Settlement of Disputes in Early Medieval Europe (1986), Property and Power in Early Medieval Europe (1995), and The Languages of Gift (2010), all edited with Paul Fouracre, as well as The Inscriptions of Early Medieval Brittany (2000), written with James Graham-Campbell, John Koch and others. Wendy has written books and papers on Welsh, Breton, Irish, Scottish and Spanish social and economic history and have also done much archaeological fieldwork. She remains active in research and her current projects focus on northern Spain and Portugal.

Professor Davies has been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

Professor David d'Avray, FBA


David d'Avray has been retired since 2019, but until then taught medieval history at UCL. He is a medievalist who has studied medieval preaching and mass communications, attitudes to death and kingship in memorial sermons, marriage and symbolism, medieval religious rationalities and the general sociology of rationality, and a triangle of themes: papacy, monarchy, and marriage. He is currently working on the first papal laws, their social origins and their medieval reception.

Professor David French


David French's interests centre on British military history, especially since the late-nineteenth century. He has co-edited, with Dr Huw Bennett of the University of Aberystwyth, an edition of the Kenya papers of General Sir George Erskine. It was published by the Army Records Society in the autumn of 2013. David is currently preparing a book analysing the British counter-insurgency campaign in Cyprus in the second half of the 1950s, Britain, Cyprus and EOKA, 1955-59.

Professor Catherine Hall, FBA


Catherine Hall's research focuses on re-thinking the relation between Britain and its empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in the ways in which empire impacted upon metropolitan life, how the empire was lived 'at home', and how English identities, both masculine and feminine, were constituted in relation to the multiple 'others' of the empire. Civilising Subjects looks at the process of mutual constitution, both of colonizer and colonized, in England and Jamaica in the period between the 1830s and the 1860s. Catherine's recent book, Macaulay and Son: Architects of Imperial Britain (2012), focuses on the significance of the Macaulays, father and son, in defining the parameters of nation and empire in the early nineteenth century.

Catherine was Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Legacies of British Slave Ownership (2004-12), and of the new ESRC/AHRC funded project 'The Structure and Significance of British-Caribbean Slave-Ownership, 1763-1833' (2013-16). She is now Chair Emerita of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership.

Dr Negley Harte


Negley Harte is an Emeritus Senior Lecturer in the department. He is interested in three main areas of British history: the origins of industrialisation; textile production and consumption (sixteenth to nineteenth centuries); and the history of higher education.

Professor Amélie Kuhrt FBA


Amélie Kuhrt's areas of expertise lie in the social, cultural and political history of the ancient Middle East (c.3000-100 BC), especially the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian and Seleucid empires.

Professor John North 


John North, former Head of the History Department, retired in 2003. Since then he has, amongst other things, produced a third edition of The World of UCL, (2004) and has been heavily involved in the AHRC-funded Festus Lexicon project.

Professor Fred Rosen 

Fred Rosen, former Director and General Editor of the Bentham Project, retired in 2003. He continues to contribute to the Bentham Project who can provide contact details.

Dr Helga Satzinger 


Helga Satzinger retired in 2017 from her position as Reader in the History of Twentieth Century Biomedicine. She continues to research the history of genetics, the history of brain research, and science and gender studies. The latter includes the history of women in biomedical science and medicine, biomedical science and its effects on the human gender order, and the gendered nature of scientific knowledge itself. She has also worked on current developments in reproductive medicine and was a member of the ethics committee of the Berlin chamber of physicians. Another field of expertise, which derives from past work in the development field, is with issues of women and health in South Asia and East Africa.

Professor Nicholas Tyacke 


Nicholas Tyacke's work focuses upon the political, religious and intellectual histories of early modern Britain, particularly with reference to Parliament, the Church of England, nonconformity, and Oxford and Cambridge universities.

His major research focus, which will hopefully result in a book, is on the relationships between colonial settlement and the environment in the different areas of the British empire from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. 

Dr Andrew Wear


Andrew Wear is Emeritus Reader in History. He was formerly a member of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCl. His research interests are in early modern medicine and more recently in colonial settlement and the environment. He is joint author of The Western Medical Tradition, author of Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550-1680, editor of Medicine in Society and co-editor of The Medical Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century and The Medical Revolution of the Seventeenth Century all published by Cambridge University Press as well as having produced other edited books and writings on early modern medicine. He continues to write on early modern medicine as, for instance, his ' Popular Medicine and the New Science in England: Cross Roads or Merging Lanes?'in Kaspar von Greyerz et al (eds) Wissenschaftsgeschichte und Geschichte des Wissens im Dialog. Schauplaetze der Forschung ( V&R Unipress, Goettingen, 2013) pp. 61-83, an article in press in the Lancet on early modern plague in England and a chapter with Erin Sullivan on the 'Material Body' for a book on the material culture in early modern Europe.

Dr Riet van Bremen


Riet's research is broadly concerned with the social, political and cultural history of the Hellenistic world, with a particular emphasis on the history and geography of Asia Minor (modern Turkey).

Professor Julian Hoppit FBA


Julian joined UCL in 1987 as a lecturer and went on to become the Astor Professor of British History. Initially, his research was as an economic historian, exploring business enterprise in eighteenth-century England. He then wrote a general survey of English history from the Glorious Revolution of 1688-9 to 1727. More recently he has focused on the relationship between politics and the economy in Britain between 1660 and 1800.