History Journal is the official journal of the Historical Association. Hosting a range of accessible research-driven features written by academic researchers from all stages of career and study, archivists, and practitioners, our online offering is an extension of the Historical Association’s work in public history, and aims to make high quality cutting-edge research accessible to the general public. We welcome contributions from a range of geographical, methodological or historical perspectives, and from all levels of study inside and outside ‘the academy’.
As well as providing a collaborative, open-access space for discussion of historical research and inquiry and its relationship to the present-day, History‘s online extension also seeks to make the latest historical research accessible to those teaching and studying history in schools. Supported by the Historical Association, we share their belief that the study of history should be accessible to all people in all levels and forms of study, both within and beyond the formal academy.
Becky Taylor is Reader in Modern History at the University of East Anglia. Her work focusses on the relationship between the state and people on the margins, and she has written extensively on the histories of Gypsies and Travellers, refugees, those categorised as migrants and the marginalised poor. As well as being Editor-in-Chief of History she is on the editorial collective of History Workshop Journal and is co-editor of the Refugee History blog, also on Twitter.
Dannielle Shaw is the Editorial Assistant for History. She is a historian of Early Modern History with a specialism in espionage and diplomacy. She lives in Norwich and works in the School of History at the University of East Anglia. She is also employed as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Global History (Cambridge University Press). She is currently editing Volume 2 of The Travels of Sir John Peyton for the Hakluyt Society. Dannielle can be contacted at historyeditors[at]uea.ac.uk or D.Shaw[at]uea.ac.uk.
Gabby Storey is the History Early Career Researcher Editorial Fellow for 2021-2022. She is a historian of queenship, gender, and sexuality, specialising in the Angevin domains and the medieval era. She is currently working on a biography of Berengaria of Navarre, queen of England. Gabby is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester where she obtained her doctorate in 2020. She is also the founder of Team Queens, a global queenship project, and sits on the Institute of Historical Research’s London Society for Medieval Studies committee as Public Engagement Officer. Any queries pertaining to the website and podcast can be sent to G.Storey[at]uea.ac.uk.
Hannah Parker is the books review editor at History. She is a historian of the Soviet Union, working with letters from women to Soviet authorities in the interwar period to examine themes of gender, emotions, work and motherhood. She is currently preparing an interdisciplinary edited collection which explores gender, emotions and socio-political change. Hannah is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, where she completed her doctorate in 2018, and where she continues to teach. Until August 2020, she was also 2019-20 Editorial Fellow at History. Current queries can be sent to our new Editorial Fellow Gabrielle Storey, at G.Storey[at]uea.ac.uk.
Anna Cusack recently completed a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London funded by The Mercers’ Company Studentship for Doctoral Research on the History of London. Her thesis examined the marginal dead of seventeenth and eighteenth-century London, focusing specifically on suicides, executed criminals, Quakers, and Jews and the treatment of their bodily remains after death. She comes from a background in museum and heritage work completing her BA (Hons) in History at Birkbeck while also employed in this industry. She then completed an MPhil in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge where her thesis explored the female criminal dead of London, c.1600-1800 before returning to Birkbeck for her PhD. Her current research was recently featured in The Times and she co-edits the blog “We Hang Out a Lot in Cemeteries”, and continues to work on the histories of marginalised individuals and the dead of the early modern period.
Georgios Giannakopoulos is teaching international and intellectual history at City, University of London and at the LSE. He has held postdoctoral posts at Durham University and the Academy of Athens and is a visiting research fellow at King’s College London. His research focuses on the international and intellectual history of Modern Britain and southeastern Europe since the 19th century. He has published in the History of European Ideas, Modern Intellectual History, Contemporary European History, Global Intellectual History, the English Historical Review and the Journal of Modern Greek Studies. For more about his work you may visit his personal website.
Holly Ashford is a historian of Africa, mainly Ghana, and of global health and development. She is currently finishing up her first book ‘Development and Women’s Reproductive Health in Ghana, 1920 – 1982.’ Working with archival documents from all over the world and over sixty oral history interviews carried out in Ghana, she shows that women’s reproductive health choices were shaped by powerful development discourses throughout the 20th century. She has also published a number of articles on gender, family planning and sex education in Ghana. She completed her PhD at Cambridge University in 2020.
Jack Hodgson completed his PhD entitled “Californians and others: marginalised children and the Golden State during the Great Depression” at Northumbria University in 2021. Prior to that he completed his BA and MA at Teesside University where he was awarded the Dick Richardson Memorial Prize. His wider research interests include children’s political activism in the 19th and 20th century United States including transnational networking with Mexico, Spain, and Russia. His debut journal article in Rethinking History advocated for a greater use of childhood artifacts and non-linguistic sources such as children’s drawings by historians. He also has professional experience in outdoor education and has provided industry analysis for news outlets including Business Insider and the Washington Post.
Jasmine Calver is a historian of women’s activist history, focusing on the intersection of feminist, communist, and anti-fascist activism in the interwar period through a transnational lens. She is currently preparing her forthcoming monograph, provisionally titled Anti-Fascism, Gender, and International Communism: The Comité Mondial des Femmes contre la Guerre et le Fascisme, 1934 – 1941 (Routledge, Fascism and the Far Right Series). She also has written an article that is due for publication in the International Review of Social History on European women’s humanitarian campaigning during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Jasmine has been an Academic Tutor at the University of Sunderland since 2019. She completed and was awarded her PhD by Northumbria University in 2019.
Jemima Hubberstey completed her PhD in 2021, which was an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral award with the University of Oxford and English Heritage. Her research examined the connection between literary coteries and landscape design in the mid-eighteenth century, with a particular focus on the Wrest Circle. She is currently working with English Heritage on the new garden interpretation at Wrest Park. She has published in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Laura Doak (University of Dundee) is a Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Scottish Privy Council Project. Her work focuses on popular political participation and the cultural forms that enabled the exchange of political ideas across early modern society. She is also interested in political ideas, the history of print and the recovery of sound and speech acts from primary sources. Laura completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2020 with a thesis titled ‘On Street and Scaffold: The People and Political Culture in Scotland, c.1678-1685’.
Dr Lorenzo Caravaggi is a historian of late-medieval Italy and Europe. He obtained his doctorate from Balliol College, University of Oxford (February 2021), with a thesis on law, conflict, and peace-keeping in Dante’s Italy, which he is currently transforming into a book. In October 2021 he began a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, with an interdisciplinary legal and literary history project entitled ‘Before Boccaccio: Notaries, Judicial Novellas, and the Uncertainty of the Law’. In addition, he has also published on the combination of chivalric and classical culture, on the political uses of history, and on the legal and ethical condemnations of fraud in the late-medieval period. More generally his (academic) reading interests span from ancient archaeology to Russian literature and modern diplomacy.
Sadie Jarrett is an early modern historian with research interests in Welsh gentry culture, colonialism, and the British Atlantic world. Currently, she is a career development fellow at The Queen’s College, Oxford, where she is developing a monograph based on her doctoral thesis. Before arriving at Oxford, Sadie held the Economic History Society Postan Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research.
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