Prefix telephone numbers with 0116 252 (or 223/373 where indicated) when calling from outside the University.
Dr Angela Muir
Lecturer in British Social and Cultural History and Centre Director
(on study leave semester 2 2022/23)
Angela is a social and cultural historian of Britain in the long 18th century with a focus on gender, sex, crime, deviance, medicine, and the body in Wales and England. Her current research focuses on reading per-trial depositional evidence from the Court of Great Sessions in Wales ‘against the grain' for evidence of identity, cultural practices, and sociability.
- +44 (0)116 252 2763
- Dr Angela Muir
Dr Richard Jones
Associate Professor in Landscape History and Acting Centre Director
Richard is currently the longest-serving member of the Centre. He is a medieval landscape and environmental historian whose research explores the complex relationships that developed between rural communities and their locales/environments in England, Wales, and France across the whole of the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500AD).
- +44 (0)116 252 2764
- Dr Richard Jones
Dr James Bothwell
Lecturer in Later Medieval English History
James teaches Later Medieval English History at the University of Leicester. Alongside other areas of research (esp. the nobility and monarchy), he is interested in charity and giving in Leicestershire (1200-1500), and the role of the Midlands in the Revolt of 1381.
- +44 (0)116 252 2814
- Dr James Bothwell
Professor John Coffey
Professor of History
John’s research focuses on religion, politics and ideas in the Protestant Atlantic world, c. 1600-1850. His current research examines religious activism and British abolitionism, which has included analysis of the 1832 Demerara Slave Rebellion. He is editing a scholarly edition of the diaries of William Wilberforce.
- +44 (0)116 252 3941
- Professor John Coffey
Dr Simon Dixon
Head of Archives and Special Collections, Library and Learning Services
Simon is a social and religious historian whose research has spanned the mid-17th to the early 20th century. He is research the business, sporting and literary interests of Thomas Hatton, whose topographical collection provides the foundation of the Library’s nationally significant local history holdings.
- +44 (0)116 252 4871
Professor Corinne Fowler
Professor of Colonialism and Heritage
Corinne is Professor of Colonialism and Heritage. She specialises in colonial history, decolonisation and the British countryside’s relationship to Empire. Her most recent book is Green Unpleasant Land: Creative Responses to Rural England’s Colonial Connections Peepal Tree Press, 2020). Her forthcoming book is Our Island Stories: Country Walks Through Colonial Britain (Penguin Allen Lane, 2023).
Dr Sarah Inskip
UKRI Future Leaders Fellow
Sarah is an Osteoarchaeologist in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History. Her research focuses on revealing the impact of tobacco on the health of Western Europeans from 1600-1900. Dr Inskip integrates skeletal evidence obtained from archaeological human skeletal remains with historical and modern health narratives. By utilising modern research techniques she is able to reveal new insights into archaeological questions. Her research interests also include human biology and genetics, with a strong interest in the history and evolution of Hansen's Disease – also known as leprosy - and other infectious diseases.
Dr Zoe Knox
Associate Professor of Modern Russian History
Zoe’s research focuses on religious tolerance and intolerance in the modern world, in Russia and beyond. She is researching the pioneering work of Keston College, a rights organisation founded in Kent in 1969 in order to collect, analyse, and publicise material on religious persecution under communist regimes.
- +44 (0)116 252 2711
- Dr Zoe Knox
Professor George Lewis
Professor of American History
George has a long association with the inter-disciplinary Centre for American Studies. Much of his research focuses on civil rights and ideologies of white supremacy, which has seen him work closely with Journey to Justice. As part of Journey to Justice’s travelling exhibition, he has worked to anchor global stories of social justice in the local community, which has seen him establish collaborations with local researchers, community groups and schools.
- +44 (0)116 252 3941
- Professor George Lewis
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Veena’s PhD research focuses on the role of water and healing during the Reformation. It examines aspects of water culture in early modern England from 1520-1680 in order to demonstrate the magnetism of water and the natural world in early modern society.
Dr Deborah Toner
Associate Professor of History
Deborah is a social and cultural historian of alcohol and food in the Americas, especially in relation to ideas of race, ethnicity, gender, identity and nationhood. She is researching the historical development and operation of racial stereotypes about alcohol use in Mexico and the United States, and the global history of medical and psychiatric frameworks for understanding alcohol use disorders. As a member of the Centre for Regional and Local History, she is interested in exploring how particular foods and drinks can act as markers of regional and local identities, how those symbolic associations are formed and contested, and the power dynamics involved in those processes. To get a taste of this approach, you can listen to an episode of the Pass the Chipotle podcast, in which I talk about pulque – an alcoholic drink from central Mexico – as emblematic of local, regional and national identities at different times.
- +44 (0)116 252 7392
- Dr Deborah Toner
Professor Mark Williams
Professor of Palaeobiology
Mark teaches and researches the history of life on Earth. Having spent much of his career examining very deep-time fossil records, from millions of years ago, much of his current focus is on biosphere change in the Anthropocene. This extends to an interest in the long-term resilience of woodland, with a special focus on Leicestershire.
University Fellows and Honorary Visiting staff
|Professor Derek Aldcroft||Honorary Visiting Fellowfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Juliet Bailey||Honorary Fellowemail@example.com|
|Dr Amanda de Belin||Honorary Visiting Fellowfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Karen Donegani||Honorary Visiting Fellowemail@example.com|
|Professor Christopher Dyer||Leverhulme Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Regional and Local Historyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Richard Dyson||Honorary Visiting Fellow|
|Dr Pamela Fisher||Victoria County History of Leicestershire (LVCHT)||email@example.com|
|Dr Michael Gilbert||Honorary Visiting Fellow (and Chair of the Friends)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Richard Gilbert||Honorary Visiting Fellow|
|Mr Glyn Hughes||Honorary Visiting Fellow||Glyn.Hughes@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk|
|Dr Rachael Jones||Honorary Visiting Fellowemail@example.com|
|Dr Susan Kilby||Honorary Visiting Fellow|
|Dr Bridget Lewis||Honorary Visiting Fellowfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Mark Page||Honorary Visiting Fellowemail@example.com|
|Professor Charles Phythian-Adams||Former Head of Department of English Local Historyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr Julian R. Pooley||Honorary Visiting Fellowemail@example.com|
|Professor Kevin Schurer||Emeritus Professor of English Local Historyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Professor Keith Snell||Emeritus Professor of Rural and Cultural Historyemail@example.com|
|Dr Paul Stamper||Honorary Visiting Fellow|
|Dr Andrew Watkins||Honorary Visiting Fellow (LVCHT)||firstname.lastname@example.org|