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Editorial Board

Editorial Board

As part of our editorial process, every new collection is subjected to review by leading academics and experts. We would like to thank the following people for their advice and support:

Professor Simon Ball

Chair of International History & Politics University of Leeds
Professor Simon Ball is the Chair of International History and Politics at the University of Leeds. Professor Ball's research is concentrated on five interrelated themes: the Cold War; the Second World War; the legacy of the First World War; assassination in international politics; and security & intelligence in the twentieth century. He is also the editor of 'War in History' and sits on the editorial boards of 'Intelligence & National Security' and 'Diplomacy & Statecraft'.

Dr. David Kaufman

Lecturer in History & Programme Director, MSc in History University of Edinburgh
Dr David Kaufman has been a Lecturer in History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology the University of Edinburgh since 2012. His main area of research is British foreign policy towards Eastern Europe in the era of the Great War. He has written on the Paris Peace Conference and is presently researching the link between revisionism and reparations in the 1920s.

Professor Gaynor Johnson

Professor of International History University of Kent
Professor Gaynor Johnson studied History at the University College of North Wales, now Bangor University, where she received her BA and PhD. There, she developed an interest in international history, in particular the role of ambassadors in the conduct of British foreign policy in the first half of the 20th century.

Dr. Stefan Hördler

Research Assistant Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Dr Stefan Hördler graduated with a Ph.D. phil. from the Department of History at Humboldt University, Berlin, in 2012. He is currently a research assistant at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, as well as the Director of the Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial. In addition, Dr Hördler serves on the Advisory Board of the Holocaust Exhibition & Learning Center at the University of Huddersfield.

Emma King

Director Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre
Emma King is a museum professional with 17 years of practitioner and consultancy experience across national, independent, and local authority organisations. Ms King currently serves as the Director of the Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre at University of Huddersfield.

Dr. Stephen Twigge

Head of Modern Collections The National Archives (UK)
Dr Stephen Twigge is the Head of Modern Collections at The National Archives (UK). Dr Twigge is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College, and sits on the Editorial Board of Archives, the journal of the British Records Association. He has published a number of books and articles on the Cold War and has made regular media appearances to discuss record releases at The National Archives.

David Renton

Historian Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
David Renton is a British historian, barrister, and author. Renton has written a number of books, including 'Fascism, Anti-Fascism and the 1940s' and 'Fascism: Theory and Practice'.

Benjamin Holt

PhD candidate University of Leeds
Benjamin Holt is a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds. His thesis concerns the impact of small arms proliferation in the North East region of India during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Professor Kevin Morgan

Professor of Politics and Contemporary History University of Manchester
Kevin Morgan is the Professor of Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Manchester and recipient of an AHRC Fellowship for the project ‘Communism and the cult of the leader’. Professor Morgan is also the editor of the journal 'Twentieth Century Communism' and a trustee of the Communist Party of Great Britain Archives Trust and the Working Class Movement Library.

Dr. Bleddyn Bowen

Lecturer in International Relations University of Leicester
Bleddyn Bowen is a lecturer in International Relations at the School of History, Politics, and International Relations at the University of Leicester, where he convenes the International Relations and World Order Masters course. His first book, ‘War in Space’, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020. Dr. Bowen also provided evidence to the UK Parliament on the impact of Brexit on UK-EU space policy and the Galileo satellite navigation system.

Dr. Kristopher Lovell

Lecturer in History Coventry University
Dr. Kristopher Lovell is a lecturer in History at Coventry University. Dr. Lovell's main research interests include quantitative and qualitative analyses of political reportage in the wartime press and the relationship between war and the media in Britain throughout the twentieth century. He teaches the political and social history of twentieth century Britain, war and the media in Britain, and media theory.

Dr. Danielle Young

Assistant Professor of Political Science University of the Ozarks
Dr. Danielle Young is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of the Ozarks in the United States. She earned her PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University in Wales. She has an Mlitt in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in International Relations from Aberystwyth University. Her research interests include International Relations theory, global security challenges, historical sociology and the history of the modern international system.

Dr. Peter Forsaith

Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History Oxford Brookes University
Dr. Peter Forsaith is Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, which holds a series of Methodist-related collections. He is a historian of society, religion, and culture in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain and has lectured in Britain and the U.S.A.. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Professor David Welch

Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda and War at the University of Kent University of Kent
David Welch is Emeritus Professor of Modern History and Honorary Director of the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society, at the University of Kent. His research interest is in modern and contemporary political propaganda. In 2013, he co-curated the exhibition on propaganda and persuasion at the British Library and authored the book that accompanied the exhibition, Propaganda. Power and Persuasion (British Library/Chicago University Press, 2013).

Paul Slack

Emeritus Professor of Early Modern Social History Oxford University
Paul Slack is Emeritus Professor of Early Modern Social History at Oxford University. Much of his work has been on plague in England. His books include The Impact of Plague in Tudor and Stuart England (1985), and Plague: A Very Short Introduction (2012, new edn. 2021), and he edited (with Terence Ranger) Epidemics and Ideas: Essays on the historical perception of pestilence (1992). His most recent book is The Invention of Improvement (2015), about material progress and the uses of information in the seventeenth century. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and was Principal of Linacre College Oxford until 2010.

Professor Susan Petrilli

Professor of Philosophy and Theory of Languages University of Bari Aldo Moro
Susan A. Petrilli is Full Professor of Philosophy and Theory of Languages at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro,” Italy; 7th Sebeok Fellow of the Semiotic Society of America; Fellow of the International Communicology Institute (ICI); vice-President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. She has been acting as Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at The University of Adelaide, South Australia, since February 2016. Her principal research interests relate to such areas as Philosophy of Language, Semiotics, Ethics, General Linguistics, Translation Studies, Cultural Studies, Communication Studies.

Professor Hilary Marland

Professor of History University of Warwick
Hilary Marland is Professor of History at the University of Warwick and Founder Director of Warwick’s Centre for the History of Medicine. Her research focuses on the history of psychiatry in modern Britain, prison medicine, migration and mental illness, and the history of childbirth and midwifery. She is lead on a new Wellcome Trust funded project, ‘The Last Taboo of Motherhood: Postnatal Mental Illness in Twentieth-Century Britain’. Hilary is author of Dangerous Motherhood: Insanity and Childbirth in Victorian Britain and Health and Girlhood in Britain, 1874-1920, and her new book, Disorder Contained: Mental Breakdown and the Modern Prison in England and Ireland, 1840-1900, co-written with Catherine Cox, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2022.

Professor Jonathan Andrews

Reader in the History of Psychiatry University of Newcastle
Jonathan Andrews is a Reader in the History of Psychiatry, specialising in the History of Medicine and Psychiatry, in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, at Newcastle University. His research interests reside primarily in the history of mental illness, learning disabilities and the history of psychiatry, in Britain, from roughly 1600-1914. He has published 3 monographs in the field, most recently (with Andy Scull) Undertaker of the Mind (University of California Press, 2001) and Customers and Patrons of the Mad Trade (University of California Press, 2003), and previous to this (with Roy Porter et al.) The History of Bethlem (Routledge, 1997). He has published a wide range of articles and chapters on the history of Bethlem and (British) psychiatry/insanity more broadly. More recently, he has been working on aspects of death and dying in the asylum context, and on a research project on 'Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832', with various articles published and in preparation, as well as a planned monograph.

Jennie Grimshaw

Curator, Official Publications and Social Policy The British Library
Jennie Grimshaw has worked with the official publications collections at the British Library since 1996, when she was asked to take over as manager of the Official Publications and Social Sciences Reading Room. This was a dramatic change of career direction as she had previously been a cataloguer at the British National Bibliography and subsequently at the Science Reference and Information Service. She has a particular interest in web archiving and has curated themed collections of archived websites on Brexit and all the general elections since 2005.