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Dr Chris Jeppesen

Dr Chris Jeppesen

Research Associate Education and Social Change in the UK since 1945

Postdoctoral associate Jesus College

Faculty of History
West Rd.

Cambridge CB3 9EF
Office Phone: 01223 767858


I am a social and cultural historian of Modern Britain and the British empire during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher on the ESRC funded project ‘Secondary Education and Social Change in the United Kingdom since 1945’. This project explores the ways in which the advent of mass, compulsory education after 1945 affected individual and class identities, and intersected with other processes of social change in late-twentieth century Britain. My previous research has explored career motivation amongst colonial officials and the material legacies of empire in Britain after decolonization. I have also worked on the connections between the East India Company and the Caribbean sugar economy in the pre-Victorian empire.

Research Interests

Education in Britain

20th century Britain


British empire


Paper 6 supervision

Paper 11 supervision


  • Economic, Social History
  • Imperial History
  • Modern British History

Key Publications

Chris Jeppesen, ‘Growing up in a Company town: the East India Company presence in Hertfordshire’, in Margot Finn & Kate Smith (eds.) The East India Company at Home (UCL Press, 2018).
Andrew W. M. Smith & Chris Jeppesen, Britain, France and the decolonization of Africa: future imperfect? (UCL Press, 2017).
Chris Jeppesen, ‘“A worthwhile career for a man who is not entirely self-seeking”: service, duty and the Colonial Service during decolonization’, in A. W. M. Smith & C. Jeppesen (eds.), Britain,
France and the decolonization of Africa: future imperfect? (UCL Press, 2017).
Chris Jeppesen, ‘East meets west: exploring the connections between Britain, the Caribbean and East India Company, c.1757–1857’, chapter in R. Hanley, J. Moody & K. Donington (eds.), Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery: Local Nuances of a ‘National Sin’ (Liverpool University Press, 2016).
Chris Jeppesen, ‘Sanders of the River, Still the Best Job for a British Boy.' Colonial Administrative Service recruitment at the end of empire', The Historical Journal, 59:02 (2016), 469-508.