PhD Students

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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')

Philip Batman

A comparison of core family survival in Swaledale and York in the nineteenth century.           

Matthew Bayly  The Human Ecology of Poverty on the Lincoln Heath 1750 to 1850 

Sue Bishop

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

Nicola Blacklaws

The Twentieth-Century Poor Law in the Midlands and Wales 1900-c.1930.           

Elizabeth Blood

The construction history of war memorials in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Denise Bonnette-Anderson

What makes a church or chapel redundant or marked for closure in the modern era in England?

Paul Bonnick

Sir Richard Phillips: His Rise from Pariah to Privilege.

Rory Booth

The Realm of Bohemia: Masculinity, the press and Clubland in Late Victorian Manchester 1860-1914.

Katie Bridger

The Leicestershire Gentry, c.1460-1560: Identity, Locality, and Landscape.           

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.                         

Jill Caine

A study of migratory patterns of four settlements in Lincolnshire, 1851 – 1901.

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.

Joshua Cohen

'Never Again!' - a command not a slogan: The impact of the Holocaust on British anti-fascism, 1945-67.

Janet Couloute

Visual Images of Madness and Distraction in Western Artistic Traditions: Mid Seventeenth Century-Eighteenth Century

Carrie Crockett

Penal Sakhalin: Forging identity in the Euro-Asian Borderlands.

Nicholas Cummins

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

Kevin DeYoung

The Problem with John Witherspoon: Reassessing the Presbyterian pastor-president and his relationship to the Scottish Enlightenment.

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.

Trixie Gadd

Survival strategies of the clergy of Dorset in the 17th Century: economic, political, social and geographical           

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.

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 

Anna Harrington

'The grand object of my Parliamentary existence': William Wilberforce's abolitionism.

Jordan Harris

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

Sally Ann Hartshorne

The Heritage of Home:  the role of history in the socio-economic development of Leicester, 1945-2013.

David Helm

The healthcare economy of Gloucester in the Age of Reform, c.1815 - c.1870.           

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

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.
Jessica Kebbell  The History of the Howard League for Penal Reform, 1866-1948
Ross Kennedy  Death, Burial and Remembrance in Pilgrimage and Crusade, 1099-1291

Namak Khoshnaw

The Spoil Of The War a PhD proposal on the Kurdish genocide in Iraq

Elias Kupfermann

The role of the Castle and Town of New Windsor during the English Civil Wars (1642 – 1650).

Carrie Laverick  Institutionalisation of the Insane Poor: Analysis of the Suspected Causes, Prescribed Treatment and Likelyhood of Recovery from Insanity, within Victorian Leicester 

Rebecca Lawton

Anglo-Saxon perceptions of the city of Rome: correspondence and exchange in the 7th and 8th centuries.            

Emmeline Ledgerwood

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

Jun Li

Garden City in China.           

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.

Laura Mainwaring

Bringing Regulation to the Market.

Liam McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester, the 630 Show: How did the social, political and broadcast worlds of 1970s Leicester collide to form the genesis of the BBC Asian Network?

Jessica McIntyre  Food Cultures of Ireland: New Culinary Perspectives on the Irish Bourgeois in the Mid-Nineteenth Century 

Anna McKay

War and Peace: The History of British Prison Hulks, 1776-1864.           

Joshua McMullan

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

Sadie McMullon

Adam Millar

Empire of Salvation: The Salvation Army's Imperial Settlements and Colonies, c.1890-1939

Christopher Mitchell

Astrology in England in the Twelfth Century

Adnan Mohammed

British Representations of the Kurds and the Armenian Question 1877-1908

Tamar Moore

Household Medicine, Charity and Welfare: Boughton House and the Montagu Family Estates, 1700-1850
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).

Janice Morris

The role of elite women in the reception of French émigrés in England, 1789-1815.
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.

Patricia Okuleye

Selling Health on the World Stage.

Paul Owens

The social and ecclesiastical significance of church seating plans, 1700-1900.

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.

Bradley Phipps

Motherhood and Manhood: Gender in the White Citizens' Councils.

Anne Platoff

Symbols in Service to the State: The Role of Flags and Other Symbols in the Civil Religion of the Soviet Union.
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.           

Jeffrey Pym

What made possible the first global import of liquefied natural gas from Louisiana into a new North Thames Gas cryogenic storage terminal on Canvey Island in Essex during the winter of 1959?           
Emma Rhodes  Non-White Women in the Works Progress Administration in the Southern United States, 1935-41

Matthew Rowley

Godly Violence: Providence, Scripture and Puritan Belief-Formation in War in England, Ireland, Scotland and Colonial America.            

Mary Rudling

Poor relief in eastern Sussex parishes c1800-1860: Continuity and change following the New Poor Law. An analysis of intra-regional practices at the end of the Old Poor Law and during the early years of the New Poor Law based on a study of relief recipients and relief officials.

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 

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).

Mrunmayee Satam

Governing the Body- Public Health and Urban Society in Colonial Bombay City (1914- 1945)
Wendy Scott  Money, economy and society in late Saxon England: The Lenborough hoard and the monetary impact of Anglo-Danish rule 
Paul Shaw  A new approach to understanding Anglo-Scandinavian settlement and agrarian practice utilising analysis of terroir 

Nicholas Siniari

A History of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church's Mission to the Rastafari of the West Indies and the West. 

Derek Smith

Guernsey Emigration 1800-1930.
Ellen Smith    Communication, Intimacy and Creativity: Family Life in British India, 1790-1920

Mark Smith

The Life and Works of Samuel Chandler: 1693-1766.            

Ann Stones

Charnwood Circles: the role of boundaries in the relationship between people and place in medieval Charnwood Forest.            

Diane Strange

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

Alister Sutherland

Peasant seals and sealing practices in eastern England, c.1200-1500.

Nadine Tauchner

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

Tony Taylor

Old World, New World: The Immigrant perspective of Spatial Belonging in the Lower East Side of New York and London's East End, 1880-1921.

James Thedham

Matthew Tuohy

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

Salvatore Valenti

Water in the making of a modern socio-natural landscape: Rome and its surroundings. 1870-1922             

Liz van Wessem

'Shiten Shepherde and a clene sheep'? Clergy-lay relationships in seventeenth-century Herefordshire.

Judith Voecker

Crime and Criminal Prosecution in the Warsaw, Cracow and Riga Ghetto during World War II.

Scott Weightman

The "Outward Face" of Massive Resistance: Segregationists’ Media Strategies during the 1950s and 1960s'

Harry Wilkinson

The Night and Darkness in Anglo-Saxon England
Paul 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