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IPUP Director

Geoff Cubitt (

Geoffrey Cubitt is a Reader in the Department of History, and also a member of the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

His research interests lie partly in the political, intellectual, religious and cultural history of nineteenth-century France, and partly in issues of social memory and in the political, social and cultural aspects of relationships to the past in modern societies more generally.

He has an active general interest in the ways in which relationships to the past are cultivated in human societies, in the political uses of the past, in issues of ‘social memory’ and ‘commemoration’, in political myths, in the role of heroes in politics and culture – and in the part which all of these things play in the construction of national and other identities. These interests have recently been articulated at a general level in his book entitled History and Memory, and have been developed also through his involvement as co-investigator in the AHRC-funded ‘1807 Commemorated’ project, based in the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past. This project has analysed the ways in which the 2007 Bicentenary of the Act abolishing the British slave trade was marked in Britain, especially within the Museum sector.

Academic staff

The following staff all either teach on the MA in Public History, supervise internships or conduct research with a public history element to it. Research in public history ranges from the more conceptual (such as a focus on ethics or memory and history), to the more practical (such as developing public particlpation in history) in partnership with a wide range of external practitioners.


Henrice Altink

Henrice Altink is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History. She has worked extensively on representations of Jamaican slave women and has recently completed a book on the construction of ideologies of womanhood in post-emancipation Jamaica. She is currently working on the methods by which a class/colour hierarchy was sustained in the British Caribbean from emancipation till independence.


Oleg Benesch

Oleg Benesch is Anniversary Research Lecturer in History, specializing in the history of early modern and modern Japan. His research covers Japanese intellectual, religious, and social history; Chinese intellectual history; and the transnational history of modern East Asia. He is currently completing a monograph on the Japanese ethic of bushido—the “way of the samurai”—from the late nineteenth century onward.


Sanjoy Bhattacharya

Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories and Professor in the History of Medicine. Sanjoy specialises in the medical, environmental, political and social history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Asia, as well as the history of international and global health programmes.


Sabine Clarke

Sabine Clarke is a Lecturer in Modern History. She works on the place of science and technology in the British imperial enterprise between 1914 and 1965 with a particular interest in colonial and post-colonial development.


John Cooper

John is a Lecturer in Early Modern History. His research focuses on the political, religious and cultural history of sixteenth-century England, whilst his interests also encompass the history of early colonial America and Ireland.


Jeremy Goldberg

Jeremy is a Reader in the Department of History and a member of the Medieval Urban Household Research Project. A native of Hull, he has been passionate about the Middle Ages since childhood. His research focuses upon later medieval English social and cultural history; women’s and gender history.


Hannah Greig

Hannah is a Lecturer in History, and a member of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (CECS). Her research interests lie in the social, political and material history of Britain in the long eighteenth century (c.1688-1830).


Joanna de Groot

Senior Lecturer in History. Research interests in social, political and cultural change in Iran in the 19th- and 20th-centuries, and how this relates to developments elsewhere in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Empire and history writing 1750-2012 (MUP 2013) available in pb.


Guy Halsall

Professor of Medieval History. Guy's interests encompass the ethics of history and the relationship between archaeology and documentary history, and focus on: the history and archaeology of Merovingian Gaul; warfare in early medieval society; the Barbarian Migrations in western Europe c.350-c.650.


Mark Jenner

Reader in Early Modern History and a member of both CREMS and CECS. Wide research interests in the social and cultural history of Britain c.1550-c.1780 including the history of medicine and of the body. Committed to interdisciplinary work relating archival research to theoretical concerns and current work in anthropology, literary studies and social theory.


Catriona Kennedy

Catriona Kennedy is a lecturer in the history department and member of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. She works on modern British and Irish history with particular interests in the cultural history of war, politics, gender and national identity.



Alexander Medcalf

Alex is the Outreach Historian for the Centre for Global Health Histories, responsible for publicising the work of all of the staff involved with the project 'The Local Bases of Global Health: Primary Healthcare in South Asia and Beyond, 1945-2010'. His primary research interest focuses on visual culture in the twentieth century, particularly in relation to marketing and business histories.


Lucy Sackville

Lecturer in Medieval History. Research into the religious and intellectual history of the central Middle Ages, broadly concerned with conflicts between different systems of medieval thought and belief, and the cultural transfer and encounters that those conflicts generate; exploring these questions in the context of medieval heresy and its repression, and focused on the histories of Italy and southern France.

PhD Students working with IPUP


Katrina Foxton

Katrina is a full time PhD student in the Department of Archaeology, and is working as part of the 'Within the Walls: Heritage Values and the Historic City' team, an AHRC-funded collaborative project with City of York Council. Her research explores how local heritage management practices (such as those connected to planning and tourism) can include the values of York's local communities. She is also the Dept. of Archaeology's Social Media Officer.


Huw Halstead

Huw is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in the Department of History. He is an oral historian whose research focuses on the memories of Greek forced migrant communities from Istanbul and the island of Imbros. He is the Project Manager for the AHRC public engagement project Personalising the Past that explores and develops the role of testimony in the teaching of genocide and the Holocaust.


Victoria Hoyle

Victoria is a part-time PhD student in the Department of History. Her research focuses on public participation and community engagement with archives and forms part of ‘Within the Walls: Heritage Values and the Historic City’, an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral project supported by City of York Council. She is a professional archivist and also works for the Council as City Archivist.