PhD Students

Browse this list of our current PhD students, or see our past PhD students for information on previous projects and research.

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Student Email address Research focus

Ahmad Abouelnour

Revitalization of Old RAK (Oldest Settlement in the UAE).

Natasha Bailey

Nahua Women in the Pulque Trade of Early Colonial Mexico, 1521-1600.

Jamie Banks

British Imperialism, Labour Migration, Local Resistance, and the problem of Indian Opium Use, 1858-1912.

Richard Bates  British diplomacy, politics and espionage at Spa during the American War of Independence (the ‘AWI’). 

Sue Bishop

Mixed Race Relationships in post-war Leicester: Multiculturalism and the emotional complexities of Female Agency.           

Elizabeth Blood

The construction history of war memorials in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Kevin Brown

A study of the significance of the kinship and wider social relationships of those involved in the shaping of the radical networks among the working classes in England from the 1840s to the 1870s.

Thomas Joseph Michael Callaghan  English decadence and dominion vitality: Anglo-Australian sport and English self-perception 1901-1962. 

Ash Carter

The Church in a State: How Richard Baxter's theology of the Visible and Invisible Church impacted his philosophy of Church and State.

Congjie Cheng

Survivalism and Patriotism of Chinese Local Cliques: From the Perspective of Relationship between the Kuomintang Central Government and the Guangxi Clique during the Second Sino-Japanese War.                      

Maria Christodoulou

Politics and Everyday Life in a Divided City: Nicosia, 1955 - 1974.

Alexandra Cooper  Commodities and the role of British capital in shaping financial markets in Sicily 1816-1861. 

Nicholas Cummins

The '"cork" in the bottle': Explaining Reagan's failure to confront Iran.

Hubertus Drobner   
Ann Drynan "Associational culture in a developing residential and leisure town: Brighton and Hove in the nineteenth century."

Abigail Eiceman

The Development of Automatic Chemical Warfare Agent Detectors in England 1970-1998.

Paige Emerick

Royal visits within Britain and the formation of National Identity, 1760-1849.

Amanda Jane Gillam

Anglo-Russian Relations 1700-1725, descent into Cold War.

Michael Greasley

Propaganda and the British provincial press in the Anglo-Irish Conflict, 1919-1923.

Prisca Greenhow

Norfolk Pauper Letter 1750-1850.

Karianne Hansen  'Men always find it harder to explain death than life' : Survival within The Auschwitz Camp Structure 1942-1945. 
Stanley Hardie  A study of the civil parish of Meare in the Poor Law Union of Well in the County of Somerset with emphasis on the forces leading to decisions to either stay or to migrate from the parish in the period 1851 to 1891. 

Jordan Harris

Biracial England: An Analysis of the Anglo-African Experience in Victorian Age.       

Emilia Henderson

Franco-Saxon Manuscripts in the Ninth Century.           

Todd Henderson

The State of Christianity Today: An Historical Assessment of the Flagship Evangelical Publication.

Carla Herrmann

Medical relief under the Old Poor Law in Hertfordshire.

Jessica Hodgkinson  Gender and Literacy: the participation of women in book culture in England and Francia, c.650-c.950.
Julie Hurst-Whitehouse  Then and Now: Changing Spaces for Women's Voices in Oral Histories of Holocaust and Genocide, 1945-2018. 
Elizabeth Inlow  Cultural Differences in the Emotional Experiences of Visitors to Nazi Concentration Camp site.
April Claire Jackson  Execution and Empire: A History of Judicial Killing under British Colonial Rule.

Daniel Johnson

Songs Before Unknown - Isaac Watts and the Dynamics of Protestant Worship in Enlightenment England.

Elizabeth Jones

Growth, Identity and Urbanisation. The Impact of Migration on small rural communities in Monmouthshire.
Erkjad Kajo  How the North was Won? Minorities, demographic engineering and the making of the Greco-Albanian borderland (1912-1945). 
Jessica Kebbell  The History of the Howard League for Penal Reform, 1866-1948.

Namak Khoshnaw

The Spoil Of The War a PhD proposal on the Kurdish genocide in Iraq.
Amy Latimer  Elections as Black Women's work since the 1960s.
Carrie Laverick  Institutionalisation of the Insane Poor: Analysis of the Suspected Causes, Prescribed Treatment and Likelyhood of Recovery from Insanity, within Victorian Leicester. 

Emmeline Ledgerwood

Re-evaluating the 1980s and 1990s through life histories: politics, privatisation and the culture of government research.

Peilin Li  Jianghu: Daily life in Tianjin 1900-1949. 

Georgina Lockton

Science, Technology and Road Safety in the Motor Age.

Tracey Logan

Democracy and Direct Action in the Suburbs: Chiswick, Edgbaston and Filton 1838-1940.

Tonja Koob Marking  The Enslaved Roseland Plantation Community of St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, 1805 -2025. 

Joshua McMullan

Defending Modernity? Communicating with the Public about Nuclear Energy: Historical Perspectives.           

Adam Millar

Empire of Salvation: The Salvation Army's Imperial Settlements and Colonies, c.1890-1939.
Ellen Morgan  Women of the Civil Rights Movement: The Hidden Narratives and the Commemoration of a Southern Female Voice. 

Michael Morgan

‘The Tone of My Quarterly Payments’: The Clergy-Laity Relationship in Wilberforce’s Friendship Network (1783-1833).
Oresta Muckute  Narratives of Loss during the Civil Wars in Ireland, Wales and England Compared, 1641-52.

Raku Nagamine

The Corporation of Chester in the long eighteenth century.
Paul O'Shea  Masculinity and friendship between male prisoners in KL Dachau, Mauthausen, and Sachsenhausen. 

Benjamin Palmer

A fruitful field for women: A collective biography of women in biochemistry 1906-1975.

Amerdeep Panesar

Beyond the Boundary: Cricket and Community in England, c. 1965-2015.

Lauren Parsons

Seeking Justice and Atonement: British Legal Approaches to Mass Murder in the Aftermath of the Holocaust, 1945-1969.
Veena Patel  Water, Healing, and the Reformation in England 1520-1680. 

Bradley Phipps

Motherhood and Manhood: Gender in the White Citizens' Councils.
Teresa Porciani  Figural Sculpture in Anglo-Saxon England: networks, agency and cross cultural contacts, c. 700-900. 

Kimberley Pullen

The Old Poor Law and agrarian change in Leicestershire, c. 1700-1834.            

John Pullin

Engine Drivers in Local, Regional and National Context, 1850–1885.           
Emma Rhodes  Non-White Women in the Works Progress Administration in the Southern United States, 1935-41.
Daniel Robert Rignall Popular Engagement with Biblical Texts in Eighteenth Century Britain. 

Raphael Rues

Military activities of German and Italian Fascists units during 1943-1945 in the region of Ossola and Lake Maggiore.
David Russell  Stretching the Evidence: An examination of the English Landscape through GIS 1573-1700. 
Jacob Patrick Salley The Impact of the Enlightenment upon the Calvinistic Baptists of England, 1730–1830. 

Peter Sasvari

"Poor Mexico: so far from God, and...": Reflections of The New York Times and US press on Mexico's political life and Mexican-American relations in the 20th century (regarding milestones of Mexico's political life).
Mariella Scerri  The Trajectory of Care in Narratives in the Late Modern Period. 
Wendy Scott  Money, economy and society in late Saxon England: The Lenborough hoard and the monetary impact of Anglo-Danish rule. 
Maria Chiara Scuderi Global Leicester: The Dryad Craftwork Collection at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. 
Paul Shaw  A new approach to understanding Anglo-Scandinavian settlement and agrarian practice utilising analysis of terroir. 
Nathaniel Van Sherman  The Baptistic Congregationalism Of The Wapping Church: A Cultural-Religious Analysis (1655-1712) Cultural-Religious Analysis (1655-1712). 
Nicholas Christian Siniari  A History of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church's Mission to the Rastafari of the West Indies and the West Indian Diaspora in the 20th Century. 

Derek Smith

Guernsey Emigration 1800-1930.
Ellen Smith  Communication, Intimacy and Creativity: Family Life in British India, 1790-1920.
Mark Anthony Smith  The Life and Works of Samuel Chandler: 1693-1766.
Robin Alexander Smith  Educating Nazi Germany: Resistance and Conformity in the teaching profession under the Third Reich. 

Diane Strange

'The contempt and reproach of this nation': Widows and orphans in the Court of Wards, 1625-1650.

Nadine Tauchner

Austrian Journalism between Austrofascism, Nazism and Democracy Otto Schulmeister, 1916-2001.

Matthew Tuohy

Tracing the origins of settlement morphology and landscape character within the Hundred of Willey, Bedfordshire.            

Judith Vocker

Crime and Criminal Prosecution in the Warsaw, Cracow and Riga Ghetto during World War II.
Verne Walker The impact of the civil wars on women's work in Wales and England 1630-1655. 
Nicolas Walton  The German Civil Service from the Kingdom of Prussia to the Federal Republic of Germany: the historical development of the service, its principles, and its loyalties. 

Harry Wilkinson

The Night and Darkness in Anglo-Saxon England.
Paul Thomas Woolley  Abolitionism and the Bible: The use of Scripture by Granville Sharp, Thomas Clarkson, Thomas Buxton and William Wilberforce in their anti-slavery campaigns (1760-1840). 

David Yates

An evaluation of the  criticisms of Grey’s Foreign Policy.

Megan Yates  Poverty, Work and Punishment: Vagrancy Across the Midlands, 1834 to 1930.