School of History, Philosophy and Culture

  • Research students

    Name Research area Email
    Ross Brooks Queer Science in Britain, c.1900–1939: Narratives of Naturalisation and Eradication
    Angela Buckley The Science of Sleuthing: The Evolution of Detective Practice in English Regional Cities, 1838–1914
    Fabien Dézèque Can we ever be satisfied? Well-being treadmills and the evolution of happiness
    Thomas Dobson Training to Teach: Westminster College and the development of Higher Education in the 20th century
    Katerina Kosta UK university sustainability reports: an exploratory analysis of an emerging practice
    Cosmin Koszor-Codrea ‘The Word of Science’: The Popularization of Darwinism in Romania, 1860–1918
    Louise Roy Mapping Murder: a Socio-legal investigation of Homicide in Lancashire, c.1816–1914
    Sarah Slator Politics in the Courtroom: International Communism, the Global Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Rivonia Trial in South Africa 1963–64

    PhD Completions


    Name Title Directors
    Dr Melanie Bashor Engineering Tolerance: Origins of Multicultural Education Policies in the Atlantic World from 1941‒1988 Professor Glen O’Hara
    Dr Alan Bailey Hume on Scepticism, Experience, and Religious Belief (PhD by Publication) Dr Stephen Boulter
    Dr Dan O'Brien
    Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn Henry VII: A Study of Visual Display in Life and Death Dr Charles Robertson
    Professor Andrew Spicer
    Dr Jenifer Dyer Children in Domestic Service c. 1760–1830 Dr Aylsa Levene
    Dr Joanne Begiato
    Dr Virginia Flew London Exhibitions of Contemporary Art: The Impact on Landscape Painting and its Reception Dr Matthew Craske
    Professor Christiana Payne
    Dr Des Newell Masculinity and the Plebeian Honour Fight: Dispute Resolution in Georgian England Professor Joanne Begiato
    Professor Anne-Marie Kilday
    Dr Catherine Rushmore Chemicals and their users in the British Home 1930s and 1980s Dr Viviane Quirke
    Dr Mary Thompson The Furrowed Brow: The Depiction of the Elderly in Painting in England and the United States, 1870-1910 Dr Matthew Craske
    Professor Christiana Payne
    Dr Marcus Vestberg The Nature of Artificial and Human Rationality Dr Mark Cain
    Dr Dan O’Brien
    Dr Jan Walters Architectural Planning and Behavioural Conventions in the Re-Use of Spiritual Properties In Sixteenth-Century London Dr Harry Mount


    Name Title Directors
    Dr Alexandra Barmpouti Eugenics, Demography and Family Planning in Greece, 1950-1980: The Activities of the Hellenic Eugenics Society Dr Marius Turda
    Dr Christine Bianco Modern Art for Middle America: American Abstraction in Mass Magazines, 1946–1960 Dr Elizabeth Darling
    Dr Jill Buckeldee Spirituality in Psychodynamic Counselling: An Exploration of Counsellor’s Understandings of and Engagement with Spirituality in Practice Dr Sally Richards (Social Work and Public Health)
    Professor Beverley Clack
    Dr Hanna Choudhury The Forgotten Children: The Association of Parents of Backward Children and the Legacy of Eugenics in Britain, 1946-1960 Dr Marius Turda
    Dr Catriona Gilmour-Hamilton A Cohort of One: Oral Narratives of Cancer Research in Britain, 1970–2010 Dr Viviane Quirke
    Dr Marius Turda
    Dr Stephen Massie The Imperialism of Cecil John Rhodes: Metropolitan Perceptions of a Colonial Reputation Dr Donal Lowry
    Dr Jenny Wright Public Health Women Doctors in England, 1965–1991 Professor Glen O’Hara


    Name Title Directors
    Dr Rosemary Leadbetter Experiencing smallpox in eighteenth-century England Professsor Joanne Bailey
    Dr Alysa Levene
    Dr Mary O’Neill Model Citizens: Fisherfolk Imagery from West Cornwall, 1860-1910 Professor Christiana Payne
    Dr Barbara Byrant A Victorian Artist on Display: G.F. Watts and the Exhibition Culture in the Nineteenth and the Twenty-first Century (PhD by Publication) Dr Matthew Craske
    Professor Christiana Payne
    Dr Linda Ryan John Wesley’s Thinking and Practice concerning Child-rearing and Education: An Evaluation within its Eighteenth-Century Context Professor William Gibson
    Dr Pete Mills Popular Conspiracism in Britain, 1880–1914 Dr Tom Crook
    Dr Dana Vilistere The Core Conceptual Scheme: A Search for Common Aspects of Human Thought Dr Mark Cain
    Dr Clive Norris Prophets and Profits: The Financing of Wesleyan Methodism, c. 1740–1800 Professor William Gibson
    Dr Peter Forsaith
    Dr Nick Saunders The Suez Crisis and Britain’s European Allies Professor Glen O’Hara
    Dr Esther Shallan Necessity, Choice and Misconception: A Qualified Approach to the Problem of Evil Professor Beverley Clack
    Dr Keith Anderson An Investigation of Twentieth-Century Works of Art, which make use of the Iconography of the Crucifixion Professor William Gibson
    Dr Andrew McIntyre Inspiration and Novelty: Creativity and the Modularity of Mind Dr Mark Cain


    Name Title Directors
    Dr Colin Beckley Natural Selection and Natural Processes: A Philosophical Examination of the Processes of Evolution Dr Martin Groves
    Dr Patricia Bennett Relationality and Health: Developing a Transversal Neuro-theological account of the Pathways linking Social Connection, Immune Function and Health Outcomes Dr Dominic Corrywright
    Dr Sally Tye Religion, the SPCK and the Westminster Workhouse: ‘Re-enchanting’ the Eighteenth-Century Workhouse Professor William Gibson
    Dr Alysa Levene
    Dr Patrick Merricks Should such Faith Offend? Bishop Barnes and the British Eugenics Movement, c. 1924–1953 Dr Marius Turda


    Name Title Directors
    Dr Olive Barnes The Catholic Church in England: The Politics of Allegiance and Identity, 1791–1908 Professor David Nash
    Dr Linda Fisher-Høyrem What Matter? Human Nature beyond the Cartesian Framework Dr Stephen Boulter
    Dr Steven Byrne Variation, Classification and Education: The Making and Remaking of the ‘Normal Child’ in England, 1880–1914 Dr Tom Crook
    Dr Nella Robertson The Jacobethan Legacy: Motive and Practice in British Architecture, c. 1870–1914 Dr Elizabeth Darling
    Dr Fraser Joyce Naming the Dead: Establishing the Identity of the Unknown Body in England and Wales, 1800–1934 Dr Katherine Watson
    Dr Michele Paule Smartgirls: Discourses of Achieving Girlhood in Schools, on Screen and Online Professor Beverley Clack


    Name Title Directors
    Dr George Gosling Co-Ordinating Diversity: The Mixed Economy of Healthcare in Bristol, 1918–1948 Prof. Glen O'Hara
    Dr Catherine Flinn ‘In Spite of Planning’: Reconstructing Britain's Blitzed Cities, 1945–1954 Prof. Glen O'Hara
    Dr Fiona Mann Brushing the Surface: The Practice and Critical Reception of Watercolour Techniques in England, 1850–1880 Prof. Christiana Payne
    Dr Stefan Fisher-Høyrem Time Machines: Technology and the Performance of Secular Time in Victorian England Dr Tom Crook
    Dr Lynsey Cullen Patient Case Records of the Royal Free Hospital, 1902–1912 Prof. Steven King
    Dr Nancy Langham ‘The Splendour and Beauty of Truth’: John Rogers Herbert, RA (1810–1890) Professor Christiana Payne
    Dr Aleksandra Loewenau The Impact of Nazi Medical Experiments on Polish Inmates at Dachau, Auschwitz and Ravensbrück Professor Paul Weindling