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, Oana Borlea, or to the graduate tutor Stephen Conway.
Current PhD students
'The local shapes the nation: collective identity in Colombia, 1880-1930'
'E42: The Fascist claim for universal authority'
Class and Civilian Internment in the British Empire during the First World War
'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'
'Political Thought in Latin America during the early Cold War: A view beyond diffusionist approaches'
José Manuel Castro
‘Intellectuals, politics and ideology in the era of revolutions. Chile 1964-1980’
Can we believe our own eyes? Optics, vision and cognition in late medieval religion
'A perspective from the south: a comparative Cold War history of India and Thailand'
‘Virtuous Reality: Confucian Ideals and Women’s Agency in Late Imperial China'
‘The politics of entertainment: Roman theatre in the late Republic’
'The martyrs of Najran: a re-examination of the evidence'
'The Radical Individualities: Max Stirner and French Individualism'
Destiny and Diplomacy: U.S. Foreign Policy and Religion during the Occupation Era c.1912-1934
'The Indian Workers' Association, Southall Black Sisters, and "Black" politics in 1970s Britain'
'Queering Christ in the Early/Modern'
'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
“Words and Things in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes”.
Natalia Gándara Chacana
'Imperial and republican images of the Chilean Sea, from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century'
'Heritage, Politics and Identity in East London: Towards a History of Imperial Memory, 1973-2008.'
'Free trade and the breakdown of racial hierarchies in the British colonial mind-set, 1819-1869'
Cristina González Mestre
'Military settlements in Western Asia Minor during the early Hellenistic period: topography, agency and identity within the Macedonian framework.'
'The cult of Lazarus in Europe (c.1100 - c.1300)'
'The environmental imagination and mid-nineteenth-century American politics'
‘Being a Catholic in the House of Austria: The Religious Formation of Matthias Habsburg, 1557-1612’
More than a Garrison: The Primacy of Gibraltar within Britain’s Mediterranean Empire, 1763-1830
'The German Notgeld, 1914-1924'
'The Puritan Party: godly communities in Northamptonshire 1625 – 1689’
'The frontiers of Chilean nationalism: foreigners, indigenous people, and neighbours, 1840-1930'
Luis Fernando Bernardi Junqueira (林友樂)
'The Science of the Spirit: Spiritual Healing and the Revival of the Occult in Early Twentieth-Century China'
'Mapping the Polish knowledge network in nineteenth-century Latin America'
'The Sultan of New York: Christopher Oscanyan and the Politics of Being Armenian in Nineteenth-Century America (1818-1895)'
'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'
‘The business of smuggling across the English Channel in the Eighteenth Century: Anglo-French comparisons.'
'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'
'Bolívarian Moments: Anti-Imperialism in the Shadow of Empire during the Spanish American Wars of Independence’
‘Policing and the Growth of Government in Britain, 1820-1868’
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 Figure of the Refugee in 1970s Britain'
Indigenous and Settler Correspondence with the Aborigines' Protection Society: Negotiating Imperialism from within Canada, South Africa, and New Zealand, 1850-1900
Jack David Sargeant
'The aesthetics of politics in the English Revolution'
'Edward Backhouse Eastwick (1814-1883): a life at the fringes of Empire'
''To Spread Abroad the Gospel’: The Home Missionary Enterprise in Gilded Age America, 1870-1902'
'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’
‘Tenant action on high-rise estates in post-war Britain, c.1960-’
Pablo Ernesto Soffia Palma
'Decolonising Historicism: Theories and Methods of History in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America'
'Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach and the political influence within her female household 1714-1737'
'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'
Jorge Varela Yepes
Liberal thought in comparative perspective: the cases of Colombia and Chile, 1820-1880.
G. Vaughn Joy
'A Cold War Christmas: Political and Cultural Perceptions in Hollywood's America'
Nashuyuan Serenity 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'
Carvings, Codices, and Material Cultures: Belief, Communal Identities, and the competition for Local Power in early-medieval Italy, c. 535-774
'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.'
'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'
'Describing and depicting the Ancient Near East in interwar Britain'
'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'
'The history of sickle cell anaemia in postwar Britain'
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'
'Territorialization, the Papacy and the Institutions of the Polish Church, 1198-1357'