Members

 

Dr Emel Akçalı is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations. Prior to coming to Swansea, she was a resident fellow at the IMERA – Institute of Advanced Study of Aix Marseille University in France and an assistant professor at the International Relations Department of Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her teaching and research interests span the state, society, conflict and politics in the Middle East and North Africa, social movements, upheavals and (trans-)formation of collective identities in the age of globalization, the limits of neoliberal governmentality outside of the Western realm, critical realist philosophy and non-Western and alternative globalist geopolitical discourses. She has been awarded the CEU Institute of Advanced Study and Aix-Marseille University Institute for Advanced Study resident fellowships for her on-going research on the challenges of state and societal transformation in post-revolutionary Tunisia. She is the author of Chypre: Un enjeu géopolitique actuel (l’Harmattan, Paris, 2009) based on the political geography of the partitioning of Cyprus. Currently, she is working on the neighbourhood experiences of Syrian refugees in Turkey and the economic contribution of Syrian refugee/business people to Turkey. Her research on the Syrian business people in Turkey has recently been funded by the British Institute in Ankara. Dr. Akcali’s work has thus far been published in Political Geography, Security Dialogue, South European Society and Politics, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Antipode, Annals of the American Geographers, Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Geopolitics. She has also recently published an edited volume from Palgrave entitled Neoliberal Governmentality and the Future of the State in the Middle East and North Africa. More info…

Dr. David Anderson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University where he is Program Director of American Studies. His research interests cover the history and culture of the American South in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and the American Civil War, particularly soldier experience. He has published in the Journal of Southern History and Civil War History and is currently revising a monograph on American Civil War memory. More info….

Dr. Rebecca Clifford was part of an international team of fourteen historians from eight countries, funded by the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust, who conducted the largest study of 1968 in Europe to date (Europe’s 1968: Voices of Revolt, OUP 2013). Her monograph, Commemorating the Holocaust: The Dilemmas of Remembrance in France and Italy (OUP 2013) is the first comparative study of official Holocaust commemorations in Europe.  More info…

Dr. Jonathan Dunnage (Associate Professor of Modern European History, Swansea University)
I teach European fascism and the history of crime, policing and punishment at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My research focuses on the history of policing in modern Italy, though I am more generally interested in European police forces in the twentieth century. I recently undertook a project on policemen serving under the fascist dictatorship, which resulted in a monograph, Mussolini’s Policemen: Behaviour, Ideology and Institutional Culture in Representation and Practice, published by Manchester University Press in 2012. I am currently carrying out a case study of Italian post-war police culture as part of a broader quest to understand more about how dictatorial pasts influence the manner in which police forces rebuild their internal culture during periods of transition to democracy. As part of future CRAM initiatives, with Chris Millington I am currently planning a bid to the AHRC to fund a multi-disciplinary international research network on police culture.  More info…

Allyson Edwards is a third year PhD Candidate in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies (PCS). She comes from a historical background, completing both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in History and Contemporary History at the University of South Wales (2011-2014) and Birmingham University (2015-2016).  Currently, she is researching Militarism in Post-Soviet Russia between 1990 and 2000, with an interest in the mechanisms behind latent militarisation during this period. Her research is fully funded by the Welsh ESRC-DTP. She is a Teaching Assistant at Swansea University, and has previously taught on a number of modules, including; What is Politics and International Relations? Europe of Extremes and War and Peace in the Nuclear Age. Beyond her teaching duties, Allyson is an active member within Swansea’s College of Arts and Humanities, as leader of CRAM’s Reading Group, and as co-chair of the PCS weekly seminars. In the wider academic community, Allyson co-founded a number of research groups including the UK based Defence Research Network (@DefenceResNet) and the Eurasian, East and Central European Women Academics’ Forum (@EECESWAF). She plays a key role in the maintenance of their social media accounts

Dr. Richard Hall is a Colonial American specialist and lecturer in History at Swansea University whose recently completed PhD thesis examined the failed ‘Braddock expedition’ of 1755. His current research surrounds the use of psychological warfare by Native American and French-Canadian irregulars and the impact this had on conventionally trained British soldiers deployed to fight in North America during the 1755-1763 period. His research also examines how the French and Indian War exacerbated the competing visions of empire that, in the 1770s, would lead to the rupture between Britain and the thirteen colonies that would become the United States of America. More info…

Dr. Gregory Herman is a Tutor in French Language and Culture at Swansea University.  Prior to taking up this post, he studied principally at the University of Aberdeen, where he obtained an MA (Hons) and PhD in French studies, and an MLitt in Comparative Literature and Thought.  Dr Herman’s main research interests lie in the field of Second World War French literature and testimony and in particular the works of Jorge Semprun and Robert Antelme. In addition to memory studies, other areas of interest include contemporary French cinema and the writings of Roland Barthes and Maurice Blanchot. More info…

Dr. Tomás Irish is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Swansea University. He is a cultural historian of the First World War with a particular interest in university and intellectual history. He is the author of The University at War 1914-25: Britain, France, and the United States (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Trinity in War and Revolution 1912-23 (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy Press, 2015), and (co-edited with Marie-Eve Chagnon) The Academic World in the Era of the Great War (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). He is currently researching the history of intellectual humanitarianism in the aftermath of the First World War.  More info….

Dr. Leighton James has published two monographs (Witnessing the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in German Central Europe, 1792-1815 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013) and The Politics of Identity and Civil Society: Miners in the Ruhr and South Wales, 1890 to 1926 (Manchester: MUP, 2008). He is currently Principal Investigator for a collaborative HERA funding project entitled, Making War, Mapping Europe: Militarized Cultural Encounters, 1792-1920.  More info…

Dr. Christoph Laucht researches Cold War and nuclear history. He has published a major research project on British nuclear culture as Elemental Germans: Klaus Fuchs, Rudolf Peierls and the Making of British Nuclear Culture, 1939-59 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He is a member of the editorial staff and book review editor for H-Soz-und-Kult, the German affiliate website of H-Net. Dr Laucht also belongs to the Research Network ‘Writing Pugwash Histories’ of the Universities of Sheffield, Sterling (both UK) and Vienna (Austria) and the German Association for Historical Peace Research. More info…

Dr Gethin Matthews is a historian of Wales, and for several years he has been researching the multiple effects of the First World War upon Welsh society and culture. He has been involved with the Living Legacies WW1 Engagement Centre, run out of Queen’s University Belfast, who have supported his  work into the memorials established by a multitude of Welsh communities to those who served in the war – see  http://war-memorials.swan.ac.uk/. He edited the volume Creithiau: Dylanwad y Rhyfel Mawr ar Gymdeithas a Diwylliant yng Nghymru (UWP, 2016). His new book (to be published by UWP in November 2018) is ‘Having a Go at the Kaiser’: A Welsh Family at War, which is based on over a hundred letters written home by three Swansea brothers who served in WW1.  More info…

Dr. Eugene Miakinkov is a Russian specialist and lecturer on the War and Society programme in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University. Eugene is from Canada and went to the University of Alberta for his doctoral studies. His major fields are Russian history, diplomatic history of Europe, and the history of military thought. His PhD research examined the emergence of military culture in 18th century Russia during the reign of Catherine II and his current research centres on modern Russia and the militarization of culture under President Vladimir Putin. More info…

Dr. Nigel Pollard is a historian and archaeologist of the Roman world with extensive experience of fieldwork in the Mediterranean and Middle East and publications including the monograph Soldiers, Cities and Civilians in Roman Syria (University of Michigan Press 2000). The primary focus of his current research is the treatment and reception of archaeological sites during the Second World War – protection, damage, uses and protection – and the applicability of wartime lessons to contemporary policy and practice in cultural property protection in conflict zones.  More info…

Dr. Luca Trenta is a Lecturer in International Relations at Swansea University. Dr Trenta’s main interests lie in US foreign policy and Presidential decision-making. His monograph Risk and Presidential decision-making will be published by Routledge in 2015. He has published articles on the Carter and Clinton Administrations. His current project looks at US practices of targeted killings and assassinations both during the Cold War and in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The projects aims at uncovering continuities and changes in such practices with particular attention to the techniques used and to the actors and organizations involved. In collaboration with the Bush School he is also working on a separate project on the effectiveness of drones. More info…

Dr Regina Poertner (DPhil (Oxon), Rhodes Scholar, FHEA) is an Associate Professor of Modern History at Swansea University. Dr Poertner is interested in ideas on law and rights, and how they interact with society and the economy. She specialises in modern British legal history post 1750, and legal reform and civil rights in the U.S.A. in the interwar period. Having started out as an early modernist, her publications include a monograph on continental influences in the constitutional debates of the British Civil War (Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 2009).  Recent research activities include being PI for an AHRC-funded project on the experience of mortality, and organising a major international and interdisciplinary conference on civil wars and their legacies. Dr Poertner is an active member of HOTCUS (Historians of the Twentieth-Century United States).  More info…

Jade White is a PhD student in the department of Political and Cultural Studies. Her research aims to explore the militarisation of children within Britain in the period following the end of conscription. In order to ensure recruitment levels into the military remained at a viable level, what were the strategies employed by the Ministry of Defence to target children in order for them to consider the armed forces as an attractive career choice when they came of age? The research will incorporate official policy in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, institutions such as the Army Cadet Force, as well as the ‘Junior’ arms of regiments in existence during the period.

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