Humanities researchers


Our History research was awarded world-leading status in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Most of our History research currently concentrates on two areas: Key aspects of British Labour History and 18th and 19th Century Court and Popular Culture.

Our history researchers:

Dr Richard Carr
Specialisms: modern British history, British Conservative Party c. 1867 onwards, impacts of the First World War, eugenics and fascism in Britain between the wars, the British Labour party after 1918.
Selected publications: One Nation Britain: History, the Progressive Tradition, and Practical Ideas for Today’s PoliticiansVeteran MPs and Conservative Politics in the Aftermath of the Great War: The Memory of All That; (with B.W. Hart) The Foundations of the British Conservative Party: Essays on Conservatism from Lord Salisbury to David Cameron.

Dr Jon Davis
Specialisms: The Labour Party and its relation with the Soviet Union.
Selected publications: 'Creating the Soviet state' in 20th Century History ReviewStalin: From Grey Blur to Great TerrorThe Labour Party and the Wider World.

Dr Séan Lang
Specialisms: British India in the 19th century; History education in schools.
Selected publications: First World War for DummiesNazi Foreign Policy; 'Obstetrics and Obstruction: Maternity Hospitals in Madras 1840-1854' in Margaret Jones and Mark Harrison (eds) The Hospital Beyond the West.

Dr Rohan McWilliam
Specialisms: Labour Party History; Victorian radicalism and popular culture.
Selected publications: The Tichborne Claimant: A Victorian Sensation; The Victorian Studies Reader; 'Asa Briggs and the Making of Modern British Social History' in History Compass.


Our current Philosophy research areas cover a range of themes and topics in modern European philosophy: see below for details. We welcome enquiries about supervision for research in related areas.

Philosophy researchers:

Dr Alison Ainley
Specialisms: Heidegger; Levinas; Simone de Beauvoir; the ethics of sexual difference; phenomenology; the philosophy of psychoanalysis; feminist philosophy
Selected publications: 'The Invisible of the Flesh; Merleau-Ponty and Irigaray' in the British Journal of the Society for Phenomenology; various entries in Ted Honderich (ed) Oxford University Press Encylopaedia of Philosophy; chapter in Richard Kearney (ed) Routledge History of Philosophy Series, Vol. 8: Contemporary Continental Philosophy, on French Feminist Philosophy.

Dr Tristan Moyle
Specialisms: Heidegger; Nietzsche; McDowell; Merleau-Ponty; Deleuze;'transcendental empiricism'
Selected publications: Heidegger's Transcendental Aesthetic: An Interpretation of the 'Ereignis'; 'Re-Enchanting Nature: Human and Animal Life in Later Merleau-Ponty,' in Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.

Dr Michael Wilby
Specialisms: the Philosophy of Mind; social cognition and the understanding of other minds; social ontology; developmental psychology; intentionality.
Selected publications: 'Subject, Mode and Content in We-Intentions' in Phenomenology and Mind; 'Embodying the False Belief Tasks' in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences; 'The Simplicity of Mutual Knowledge' in Philosophical Explorations.