PhD students at UCL History research topics and time periods from the ancient world to contemporary Britain and America.
If you are a prospective student seeking information about PhD study at UCL History, you can find out more through the online prospectus or by visiting our prospective students' page. Any additional questions can be directed to the PGR administrator, Jess Hindes, or to the graduate tutor Adam Smith.
Current PhD students
'The local shapes the nation: collective identity in Colombia, 1880-1930'
'E42: The Fascist claim for universal authority'
'Teaching the history of empire in English secondary schools after decolonization'
'Ethnographic collecting and the material culture of imperialism in East Africa, c.1880-1920'
'Violence in the Behistun monument: construction and cohesion of Achaemenid imperial rule under Darius I (522-519 BCE)'
Raul Burgos Pinto
'Beyond nostalgia: transnational conservatism in Chile, 1932-1973'
'A perspective from the south: a comparative Cold War history of India and Thailand'
'The Ancient Roman collegia and sodalitates sacerdotum from the third to the fifth century CE'
'The martyrs of Najran: a re-examination of the evidence'
'The presence of the Dawkins family in England and Jamaica, 1763-1833'
'The Radical Individualities: Max Stirner and French Individualism'
'The Indian Workers' Association, Southall Black Sisters, and "Black" politics in 1970s Britain'
'The five senses and "affectivity" in the late Middle Ages'
''"ἡ πεζὴ στρατιὰ καὶ τὸ ναυτικὸν": reintegrating the navy into Ancient Greek warfare, 499-362 BC'
'The Oracle of Dodona: the socio-economic aspects of oracular consultation'
Natalia Gándara Chacana
'Imperial and republican images of the Chilean Sea, from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century'
'Free trade and the breakdown of racial hierarchies in the British colonial mind-set, 1819-1869'
Cristina González Mestre
'The translation of Macedonian military models to Asia Minor in the 3rd century BC'
'The cult of Lazarus in Europe (c.1100 - c.1300)'
'The environmental imagination and mid-nineteenth-century American politics'
'Religious culture at the court of Holy Roman Emperor Matthias I Habsburg (1577-1612)'
'The German Notgeld, 1914-1924'
'The frontiers of Chilean nationalism: foreigners, indigenous people, and neighbours, 1840-1930'
'A Cold War Christmas: Political and Cultural Perceptions in Hollywood's America'
'Mapping the Polish knowledge network in nineteenth-century Latin America'
'Positions of power in Dionysius of Halicarnassus's work. An examination of the concepts of kingship, tyranny and absolute power in the Roman Antiquities'
'Philosophical kingship in Enlightenment Europe: Frederick II, Catherine II, and their correspondence with the philosophes'
'New questions about an old inquisitor: the life and works of Bernard Gui'
'Describing and depicting the Ancient Near East in interwar Britain'
'Imperium Infinitum: L. Cornelius Sulla and his redefiniition of Imperium as the Precident for the Development of the Augustan Principate. 82-19 BCE.'
'Inter-ethnic relations and dynastic loyalty in Habsburg Trieste from 1848 to 1867'
'US-British collusion in the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, 1964-74'
Sotirios Christos Peithis
'Tactical and strategic communications in Ancient Greek warfare'
'The political-administrative structure in Cyprus during the Archaic and Classical periods'
'The impact of the First World War on the structure and role of families in Belgium and Britain'
'The history of sickle cell anaemia in postwar Britain'
Jack David Sargeant
'The aesthetics of politics in the English Revolution'
'Edward Backhouse Eastwick (1814-1883): a life at the fringes of Empire'
'"Our Land for Christ": home missions, race, and nation-building in late-nineteenth century US'
'Felicitas: the relationship between the divine and the Roman community'
Vanessa Da Silva Baptista
‘A Cultural History of Magic Tricks in the Late Middle Ages’
'Author and authorship: Caesar and his editors'
Xueyan (Juno) Sun
'Representations of Chinese in Hollywood films from the 1930s to the 1990s'
'Britain and the United States at the World's Fairs, 1851-1893'
'"A Just and Honourable Peace"': the negotiation of the Treaty of Utrecht in British politics and political discourse, 1708 to 1713'
Serenity Nashuyuan Wang
'Psycho-geography and the travels of the suffering female body in the 21st century Chinese cinema of dislocation'
'Revenge and state formation in Ancient Greece'
'A study of the guest and host relationship and its applications in Chinese Medicine'
'A transnational history of the Five-Element Acupuncture (五行針灸, wuxing zhenjiu) 1970s-2010s: cross-cultural pursuit of an "authentic" acupuncture in Britain and China.'
'Territorialization, the Papacy and the Institutions of the Polish Church, 1198-1357'
'Territorial loss and moral affliction at the time of the Crusades'
Recently completed PhDs
'Patronage in the Royal Navy, 1776-1815' (October 2017)
'Perceptions of Mexico in US political discourse, 1863-1896'
Alessandro De Arcangelis
'Hegelians on the Slopes of Vesuvius: A Transnational Study in the Intellectual History of Naples, 1799-1861'
'War and Peace and English Taxation, 1660-1664'
'Taxation in British economic and political thought, 1733-1816'
'Empire's Inner Theatre: Interiority and Assyrian Administration 745-669 BC'
'The globe-trotter on the Eastern Grand Tour, 1870-1920'
'Compelling Reading: The Circulation of Quaker Texts'
Mark Power Smith
'The "Young America" movement: American nationalism and the natural law tradition, 1844-1861'
Marjolein van Bavel
'The narratives of British women who posed for Playboy magazine between the 1960s and the 1990s' (April 2018)
'Locus Classicus: Origin Brands in Ancient Rome c. 100 BC-c. AD 130'
'Papal Overlordship and protectio of the King, c.1000-1300'
'An exploration of the significance of the Daoyin [therapeutic, 'leading and guiding'] exercises in Zhubing Yuanhou Lun'