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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

Stephanie Ashton-Sanchez
'The local shapes the nation: collective identity in Colombia, 1880-1930'

Ilyas Azouzi
'E42: The Fascist claim for universal authority'

Penelope Barrett 

Christopher Batten 
Class and Civilian Internment in the British Empire during the First World War

Melissa Benson
'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'

Nicolás Camino  
'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’

Genevieve Caulfield 
Can we believe our own eyes? Optics, vision and cognition in late medieval religion

Patchaviral Charoenpacharaporn
'A perspective from the south: a comparative Cold War history of India and Thailand'

Rachel Chua 
‘Virtuous Reality: Confucian Ideals and Women’s Agency in Late Imperial China'

Jessica Clarke
‘The politics of entertainment: Roman theatre in the late Republic’

Amar Daugman
'The martyrs of Najran: a re-examination of the evidence'

Andrea Dimitri
'The Radical Individualities: Max Stirner and French Individualism'

Steven Driver
Destiny and Diplomacy: U.S. Foreign Policy and Religion during the Occupation Era c.1912-1934 

Saffron East
'The Indian Workers' Association, Southall Black Sisters, and "Black" politics in 1970s Britain'

James Finch 
'Reframing Oceania'

Thomas Fleming 
'Queering Christ in the Early/Modern' 

Jack Ford
'The five senses and "affectivity" in the late Middle Ages'

Vincent Fourcade
''"ἡ πεζὴ στρατιὰ καὶ τὸ ναυτικὸν": reintegrating the navy into Ancient Greek warfare, 499-362 BC'

Karolina Frank
'The Oracle of Dodona: the socio-economic aspects of oracular consultation

Aidan Fusco
“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'

Finnian Gleeson
'Heritage, Politics and Identity in East London: Towards a History of Imperial Memory, 1973-2008.'

Nathan Goh
'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.'

Alex Good
'The cult of Lazarus in Europe (c.1100 - c.1300)'

Matt Griffin
'The environmental imagination and mid-nineteenth-century American politics'

Anastazja Grudnicka
 ‘Being a Catholic in the House of Austria: The Religious Formation of Matthias Habsburg, 1557-1612’ 

Shaun Harbinson 
More than a Garrison: The Primacy of Gibraltar within Britain’s Mediterranean Empire, 1763-1830

Johannes Hartmann
'The German Notgeld, 1914-1924'

Tim Hasker
'The Puritan Party: godly communities in Northamptonshire 1625 – 1689’

Alfred Hinrichsen-Herrera
'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'

Aleksandra Kaye
'Mapping the Polish knowledge network in nineteenth-century Latin America'

Nora Lessersohn 
'The Sultan of New York: Christopher Oscanyan and the Politics of Being Armenian in Nineteenth-Century America (1818-1895)'

Shiru Lim
'Philosophical kingship in Enlightenment Europe: Frederick II, Catherine II, and their correspondence with the philosophes'

Ryan Low
'New questions about an old inquisitor: the life and works of Bernard Gui'

Stephen Mallet
‘The business of smuggling across the English Channel in the Eighteenth Century: Anglo-French comparisons.'

Gregory Mansi
'Imperium Infinitum: L. Cornelius Sulla and his redefiniition of Imperium as the Precident for the Development of the Augustan Principate. 82-19 BCE.'

Mario Maritan
'Inter-ethnic relations and dynastic loyalty in Habsburg Trieste from 1848 to 1867'

Savvas Michael
'US-British collusion in the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, 1964-74'

Peter Morgan
'Bolívarian Moments: Anti-Imperialism in the Shadow of Empire during the Spanish American Wars of Independence’

Yoko Onodera
‘Policing and the Growth of Government in Britain, 1820-1868’

Sotirios Christos Peithis
'Tactical and strategic communications in Ancient Greek warfare'

Beatrice Pestarino
'The political-administrative structure in Cyprus during the Archaic and Classical periods'

Chloe Pieters
'The impact of the First World War on the structure and role of families in Belgium and Britain'

Sameema Rahman
 'The Figure of the Refugee in 1970s Britain' 

Darren Reid 
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'

Tom Sharrad
'Edward Backhouse Eastwick (1814-1883): a life at the fringes of Empire'

Andrew Short
''
To Spread Abroad the Gospel’: The Home Missionary Enterprise in Gilded Age America, 1870-1902' 

Samuel Sigere
'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’

Holly Smith 
‘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 Streek 
'Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach and the political influence within her female household 1714-1737'

Francesco Strocchi
'Author and authorship: Caesar and his editors'

Xueyan (Juno) Sun
'Representations of Chinese in Hollywood films from the 1930s to the 1990s'

David Tiedemann
'Britain and the United States at the World's Fairs, 1851-1893'

Kevin Tuffnell
'"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'

Joseph Whitchurch
'Revenge and state formation in Ancient Greece'

Deborah Woolf
'A study of the guest and host relationship and its applications in Chinese Medicine'

James Worth 
Carvings, Codices, and Material Cultures: Belief, Communal Identities, and the competition for Local Power in early-medieval Italy, c. 535-774 

Yi Yang
'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.'

Emma Zürcher
'Territorial loss and moral affliction at the time of the Crusades'

Recently completed PhDs

Catherine Beck
'Patronage in the Royal Navy, 1776-1815' (October 2017)

Alys Beverton
'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'

DeAnn Deluna
'War and Peace and English Taxation, 1660-1664'

Shane Horwell
'Taxation in British economic and political thought, 1733-1816'

Chaitanya Kanchan
'Empire's Inner Theatre: Interiority and Assyrian Administration 745-669 BC'

Hélène Maloigne
'Describing and depicting the Ancient Near East in interwar Britain'

Amy Miller
'The globe-trotter on the Eastern Grand Tour, 1870-1920'

Brooke Palmieri
'Compelling Reading: The Circulation of Quaker Texts'

Mark Power Smith
'The "Young America" movement: American nationalism and the natural law tradition, 1844-1861'

Grace Redhead
'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)

Roderick White
'Locus Classicus: Origin Brands in Ancient Rome c. 100 BC-c. AD 130'

Benedict Wiedemann
'Papal Overlordship and protectio of the King, c.1000-1300'

Dolly Yang
'An exploration of the significance of the Daoyin [therapeutic, 'leading and guiding'] exercises in Zhubing Yuanhou Lun'

Agata Zielinska
'Territorialization, the Papacy and the Institutions of the Polish Church, 1198-1357'