Staff News Autumn 2021

We are pleased to announce the following new appointments: Dr Michael Joseph will take up a permanent University Lectureship in Black British History. Prof Kathy Brown will be the Visiting Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions. Professor Michal Kopecek and Professor Susan Pedersen will be Vising Leverhulme Professors. Three temporary University Lecturers are joining the Faculty: Dr Zoe Farrell in Early Modern History (1 year); Dr Erin Trahey in Early American History (1 year); and Dr Madeline Woker in Modern French History (3 years).

We are also pleased to welcome new Faculty Postdoctoral Research Fellows: Dr George Bodie, ESRC Fellow (2 years); Dr Jesús Sanjurjo, Leverhulme/Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellow (3 years, starting March 2022); Dr Emily Snyder, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (3 years); Dr Joris van del Tol, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow (2 years, from Jan 2022); and Dr Gustav Zamore, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow (2 years).

We are sad to record the deaths of Betty Wood, a pioneering figure in developing the field of early American history in the United Kingdom; Jonathan Steinberg, a specialist in the histories of Germany, Switzerland and Italy and a sought out lecturer and supervisor; and David Washbrook, who had an important impact in South Asian history and a wide influence in the discipline more broadly.

Members of the Faculty won many awards and honours this year. For the full details consult our webpages. Some highlights include: Dr Niamh Gallagher won the Whitfield Prize. Professor Andrew Preston delivered the Presidential Address for the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). Dr Helen McCarthy was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize. Dr Sara Caputo won the Ideas Prize for her forthcoming book. Dr Robert Lee received a George Polk Award. Dr Arthur Asseraf won the annual book prize of the British-Kuwait Friendship Society. Professor Sujit Sivasundaram was longlisted for the Cundill Prize and shortlisted for the British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding. Professor Tim Harper was shortlisted for the Cundill Prize.

The faculty had two runner ups for the Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Research Impact and Engagement: Dr Nicki Kindersley in the early career researcher category and Dr Melissa Calaresu in the collaboration category with Dr Vicky Avery of the Fitzwilliam Museum.