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.

History’s ECR Board

Hannah Parker 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 Laura Doak, at Laura.Doak[at]glasgow.ac.uk.

Jennifer Bishop took her BA in History at the University of Leeds before moving to Newnham College, Cambridge, where she studied for MPhil and PhD degrees in early modern history. She was awarded a Research Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 2014, and has recently worked as a teaching fellow at King’s College, London. Jennifer specialises in the social history of early modern England, and is currently working on several forthcoming projects. These include an article on silver-mining and colonialism in 16th century Ireland; and an interdisciplinary volume on Teaching and learning in early modernity.

Jim Hinks was awarded his PhD in 2015 and has worked at the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and East Anglia. He is also the book reviews editor for History: the Journal of the Historical Association. Jim specialises in the cultural and social histories of modern Britain, focussing on infant welfare, childhood, health and crime. He is currently researching the role of payment in informal fostering and adoption between 1864-1930 and is preparing material for publication on this topic.

Greg Leighton earned his doctorate in History at Cardiff University in 2018. His research concerns the history of the crusading movement, especially in Northern Europe and the military orders, with a focus on the ideology of crusading and concepts of ‘self-image’ and ‘group identity’ within the Order of the Teutonic Knights in the written, visual, and spatial culture of the Baltic region. Greg is currently a project assistant for the Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku, Poland, where he is preparing a project on the relationship between the Teutonic Order and the Kingdom of Bohemia in the Late Middle Ages. He has published in ABC Clio’s Encyclopedia of Great Events in Religious History, the Journal of Medieval History, and has work forthcoming in the Journal of East Central Eastern European Studies (Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung).

Saima Nasar is a social and cultural historian who works on race, empire and Britain’s diasporic communities. Committed to multi-archival and interdisciplinary research, her previous and future work contributes to developing comparative and interdisciplinary approaches in the fields of Modern British History, Migration Studies, and Imperial History. Her first book examines the transnational trajectories of Britain’s East African Asian population.

Madeleine Pelling is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and will take up fellowships at the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in 2020. Her research focuses on eighteenth-century material and visual culture, with emphasis on collecting, gender and historiography. Her forthcoming monograph is titled The Portland Museum: Collecting, Craft and Conversation, c. 1750 -1786, and she has published in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal 18Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Women’s History Review.

Annemieke Romein (PhD Rotterdam, 2016) is a postdoctoral researcher in Early Modern Political-Institutional History/ Legal History with a keen interest in applying techniques from Digital History in her research. Her PhD thesis is a comparative study on ‘fatherland terminology’ in German and French political communications (1642-1655). Her current research focusses on creating order and safety in the burgeoning states of the Low Countries and Switzerland between 1579-1701, by studying and comparing normative texts and visualising the output in graphs.

Dannielle Shaw 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 Editorial Assistant for History (Wiley) and 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.

Max Skjönsberg is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Liverpool, working on a collaborative project on libraries and reading communities in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. He was formerly an Associate Lecturer at St Andrews and York, and David Hume Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh. He has published in the Historical JournalJournal of British StudiesModern Intellectual HistoryHistory of Political Thought, and History of European Ideas.

Janet Weston is an assistant professor in the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She obtained her PhD from Birkbeck in 2016, and has worked on histories of forensic psychiatry and sexuality, healthcare in prisons, HIV/AIDS, and legal history, in the UK and Ireland. Her first book, ‘Medicine, the Penal System, and Sexual Crimes in England 1919-1960s’ was published by Bloomsbury in 2018.

Dr Stephanie Wright is a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral researcher on the SHaME project at Birkbeck, University of London. She is a social historian of modern Spain with broader interests in the history of psychiatry, disability, and gender. Her previous research examined the experiences of maimed veterans of the Spanish Civil War. She will continue to explore the social history of violence and the body in her current research project, which explores sexual violence in Francoist Spain.


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.

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