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Current PhD students



Table showing names and contact details of current PhD students
Name Research area Contact details
Aida Abbashar Constitution-making in Sudan   Contact Aida Abbashar 
Neil Achary An assessment of Black Consciousness political parties in South Africa between 1994 and 2014 Contact Neil Achary 
Amira Al-harthi Omani merchants in Zanzibar textiles trade in the nineteenth century  Contact Amira Al-harthi
Natasha Anson Nostalgia and the transformation of working-class heritage Contact Natasha Anson
Sahava Baranow Projected Identities:
Displaying and gendering Japanese objects in Europe and America, 1862-2013 
Contact Sahava Baranow
Marie Bigotte

The politics of space applied to French and English princely gardens in the early modern period

Contact Marie Bigotte
Jacqueline Brooks The Vipond family of Alston Moor and the City of Durham: the impact of non-conformity on family status in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries  Contact Jacqueline Brooks
Daniel Burrell British cremation movement   Contact Daniel Burrell 
Lily Chadwick Female Ministry in the Transatlantic Quaker Community, 1650-1700  Contact Lily Chadwick
Chi Chuk Early Modern History of England: Religious politics of 17th Century England  Contact Chi Chuk

Rachel Clamp

Keeping the Diseased: Plague Nursing, Care and Bodywork in Early Modern England c.1570-1665 Contact Rachel Clamp
Matthew Clayton

Images of Rome in 12th Century English and German Historigraphy

Contact Matthew Clayton
Austin Collins Influence of the Early Modern French Monarchy in Material, Visual, and Spatial Culture, 1547-1589 Contact Austin Collins
Bridget Cox The late medieval history of archives and record-keeping  Contact Bridget Cox 
James Cronin Historical writing and research in the Benedictine monastic communities of late medieval England Contact James Cronin
Hana Cutts-Smith Forcible Transfer of Children, Cultural Genocide in Aotearoa (New Zealand) Contact Hana Cutts-Smith
Daniel Doherty Anti-Abolitionist Violence in the Antebellum North, 1840-1845 Contact Daniel Doherty
Christian Drury British Narratives of Arctic Travel and Exploration, 1875-1940 Contact Christian Drury
Razvan Dumitru ‘We lived with it, we were born with it and we have the tradition in our blood’: Local identities among Transylvanian Romanians between 1918 and 1948 Contact Razvan Dumitru
Simon Feasey Popular political speech in the 1530s  Contact Simon Feasey 
Gabriel Fidler Comparative History of Norman England and Italy  Contact Gabriel Fidler
Adam Fletcher Learning for Salvation’s Sake: Durham Cathedral Priory and the Scholastic Revolution, c.1083-c.1200  Contact Adam Fletcher
Alastair Forbes Anglo-Norman Monastic Conceptualisations on the Place, Nature, and Fate of the milites, c. 1050 – 1150 Contact Alastair Forbes
Kimberley Foy Dress and Diplomacy at the Early Stuart Court Contact Kimberley Foy
Jeremy Goldsmith The Heralds' Visitations, 1530-1700  Contact Jeremy Goldsmith
James Goodwin A bottom up approach to the art market: what was the influence of artists in the late 18th century British art market? The case of Johan Zoffany  Contact James Goodwin
Janet Gormley Augustine’s historiography and its interpretation in the High Middle Ages with particular focus on the Spiritual Franciscans.  Contact Janet Gormley
Andrew Green French noble networks between c.1430 and c.1490 Contact Andrew Green
Yundi Guo Classical music culture in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and in Anglo-GDR relations under Honecker (1971-1989) Contact Yundi Guo
Alexander Hibberts The Sustainability of Settlement and Exploitation of Liminal Environments in the North Sea Region, c.1150-1400  Contacts Alexander Hibberts
Katherine Holderith Book as Body: The Continuity of Female Sanctity within the Textual Communities of British Nunneries through the Norman Conquest Contact Katherine Holderith

Arielle Jasiewicz-Gill

The Influence of St Bridget of Sweden on the Textual Programme of Fifteenth-Century Books of Hours.  Contact Arielle Jasiewicz-Gill 

Nancy Johnson

The Court of Mary Queen of Scots  Contact Nancy Johnson
Grant Jones Pastoral Care and Chivalric Culture in England, c.1150-1250 Contact Grant Jones
Manish Kumar Timber imports and the British economy c. 1660-1860  Contact Manish Kumar
Hasaam Latif The Forgotten Sailors: Lascars, Homelands and 20th Century British Empire  Contact Hasaam Latif 
Fergal Leonard Faction, Patronage, and Political Networks in the West March, 1569 – 1603 Contact Fergal Leonard
John Livesley John Pearson (1613-1686): the renewal of English Theological Discourse in the Age of Reason?     Contact John Livesley
Carrie Long ‘Yours humbly, sincerely, and obediently’? The Social Agency of Petitioning, c1789 -1860. (AHRC funded, Collaborative Doctoral Partnership project). Contact Carrie Long
Maksymilian Loth-hill The Politics of History in Stalinist Poland: Museology and the Construction of a ‘Usable Past’, 1945-56   Contact Maksymilian Loth-hill
Matthew Lumley Greek and Latin Monasticism in Southern Italy during the Crusader Era Contact Matthew Lumley
Hugo Lunn Premature Succession: Rebellion of Heirs Apparent in the 11th-13th centuries Contact Hugo Lunn
Mark Markov Wars not fought: Neutrality and European Navies in American Waters during the US Civil War  Contact Mark Markov
Newby Mccabe Political activism between ‘dinner and tea’: Labour women and the problem of participation Contact Newby Mccabe
Nicola McNeil Landscape and Gender in Seventh to Tenth-Century England Contact Nicola McNeil
Antonia Miejluk Snapshot Photography in the Interwar Soviet Union Contact Antonia Miejluk
Isobel Muir Jewish Collectors and Donors at the National Gallery (c.1830-1945), a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with the National Gallery, London  Contact Isobel Muir
Avarna Ojha Corruption in India-Evolution through moments of crisis Contact Avarna Ojha
Adam O'Taylor Rethinking the entangled past of  church landed classes and coalmining communities Contact Adam O'Taylor
Jamie Paterno-Ostmann Making Chocolate in the British Atlantic World: Foodways, Consumption and Heritage Contact Jamie Paterno-Ostmann

Yaling Peng

William Laud's Thought of ‘Enriching the People’ and His Religious Reform Contact Yaling Peng
William Raybould The aristocracy and royal power in Scandinavia 900-1300  Contact William Raybould
Friederike Schwelle Modern Jews and Ancient Egypt: Patrons, Collectors and Scholars in Europe c1880-1950 Contact Friederike Schwelle
Benjamin Sharp The Earl of Danby, English absolutism and the origins of the English empire 1673-1679 Contact Benjamin Sharp
Natasha Shoory From the Footnotes to the Focus: Re-discovering, Re-examining, and Re-contextualising Female Collectors of the Ancien Régime Contact Natasha Shoory
Isaiah Silvers The institutional transformations of sensibility, or sympathy, in the 18th century Atlantic world.  Contact Isaiah Silvers
Alastair Smurthwaite Ungovernable Prophets: Samuel Fisher and radical religious thoughts in England 1649-1665 Contact Alastair Smurthwaite
Harriet Claire Strahl

The world to come: 12th-century Chroniclers Attitudes to the secular future

Contact Harriet Claire Strahl
Florence Swan The Transmission of Taste c. 1200-c.1400   Contact Florence Swan 
Avril Taylor The interaction between the royal courts and households of James I, II, III and IV of Scotland  Contact Avril Taylor
Camilla Thompson

Examination of royal patronized performance and literary publications during Mary Tudor’s reign

Contact Camilla Thompson
Stephen Twort The history of animal-human power relations in the United Kingdom, c.1930-present  Contact Stephen Twort
Joshua Whiteman-Gardner Obedience and Subversion: The Divine Right of Kings and the Late Stuarts  Contact Joshua Whiteman-Gardner
Adam Whybrow The visitor experience: tourism and architecture in England during the long eighteenth century Contact Adam Whybrow
Emma Yeo Considering the existence/lack of a seventeenth century 'General Crisis', within the context of studies of individual communities within the North East of England  Contact Emma Yeo
Cara Zhao Learning Art from the Soviet Union: Chinese Students in the Ilya Repin Leningrad Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in the 1950s  Contact Cara Zhao


PhD graduates


Table showing names and contact details of PhD graduates
Name Research area
Dr. Daniel Adamson The portrayal - in educational settings - of the relationship between Britain and the Holocaust
Dr. Margaret Armstrong The Medical Services of the New Poor Law in County Durham 1834-1910
Dr. Katharine Bader A Culture of Inquiry: Scientific Thought and its Transmission in the Severn Valley, c.1090 - c.1150
Dr Mark Bennett  
Dr Matthew Sterling Benson Taxation, Local Government and Social Control in Sudan and South Soudan 1899-1956
Dr. Bethany Brewer Women and the Rwandan Gacaca Courts: Gender, Genocide and Justice
Dr Adrian Browne

Classificatory violence: difference, discipline, and (de)gradation in Uganda's northern Albertine Rift, c.1860 to c.1991

Dr. Ngala Chome

Moral debate and political action in Mombasa 1895-1990

Dr. Walker Chrisian

Unio mystica and the aurora consurgens: mystical theology in a late medeival alchemical treatise
Dr Harry Cross

Banking and finance in Sudan 1956 to 1970 

Dr Ana de Oliveira Dias  
Dr Finola Finn  
Dr Yotam Gidron The Nuer Messianic Jewish Movement: authority and authenticity in Ethiopia's western frontierlands
Dr Sarah Gilbert Anglo-Saxon medical recipes in non-medical manuscripts: matters of culture, context and community
Dr Barbara Hargreaves Not 'For Medicinal Use Only' Healthcare Narratives in Saints' Lives from Twelfth-Century England
Dr Rachael Harkes Joining a Fraternity in Late Medieval England: The Case of the Palmers' Guild of Ludlow, c.1250-1551
Dr Lydia Harris Vitam mortalem, mortem vitalem: Abortion and Contraception in the High Middle Ages, 950-1200
Dr. Chi-Hsin Huang Jeremy Collier and the Moral Reform of Politics, 1688-1722

Dr. Jamie Irvine

Causal origins of the ‘Religious movement of the Middle ages’: Cluny, Tiron, and the New Orders, 910-1156

Dr Alexandra Jordan Breton hagiography from the ninth and twelfth Centuries 
Dr Thomas Kearns The intellectual history of the Anglo-Saxon Church
Dr Thomas Lowman Beyond Idi Amin: Causes and Drivers of Political Violence in Uganda (1971-1979)
Dr Lindsay Macnaughton Archiving the Revolution: Collecting French History in Nineteenth-Century Britain 
Dr. Mathew Norman Portrait Drawing in Three Generations of the Bacon Family
Dr Kate Marlow The Formation of Ethnic Identity in Anglo-Saxon England (700-1066) and Medieval Iceland (900-1264)
Dr Rachael Matthews The Book, the Body, and the Mirror: The Use of Metaphor in the Writings of Marguerite Porete and Marguerite d'Oingt
Dr. Sarah McCook Reasonable Latitude: Learning and Adaptability in British Army Despatch Riders During the Second World War 
Dr Marcus Meer Cities, Citizens, and their Signs: Heraldic Communication and Urban Visual Culture in Late Medieval England and Germany
Dr Callum Murrell Theories of Politics and the Politics of Theory: Aspects of Power and Discourse in Early Modern England
Dr Antonia Perna Childhood, Politics and Patriotism in Revolutionary France, 1789–99
Dr Kirstyn Raitz Urban Prostitution in London and Paris, 1650-1800
Dr Kathleen Reynolds Sickness in Correspondence: gentry letter writing and the subject of health in eighteenth century Yorkshire and the North-East
Dr Caroline Smith The Palaces of the Bishops of Durham: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives AD 1100 – 1550
Dr. Rhiannon Snaith The Politics of Noble Reputation in Late Medieval England, 1377-1437.
Dr. Ciara Stewart Irish Women and Political Petitioning, c. 1870-1918 
Dr. James Taffe

Reconstructing the queen’s household, 1485 – 1547: a study in royal service

Dr Marina Tymviou Charlotte of Lusignan and Caterina Cornaro: The Politics of Queenship and Identity in Cyprus and Italy 1458-1861
Dr. Ryan Wicklund Agriculture Management and Market Responsiveness in Medieval County Durham