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Profiles of Lecturers

Here you will find profiles of some of our lecturers. They come from a variety of backgrounds within the UK and abroad. One of the great joys of being at Cambridge, or any university, reading History is that people are brought together by their talent, their love of history and their desire to pursue it further. Here lecturers talk about how they came to specialise in their fields, and about being a professional historian.

Click on a lecturer to visit their profile:

caroline burtDr. Caroline Burt
College: Pembroke College
Field: Medieval British and European political and social history, specifically the reign of Edward (1272-1307).
joya chatterjiProf. Joya Chatterji
College: Trinity College
Field: The history of modern South Asia: in particular the partition of 1947, its causes and consequences, refugees, borders, minorities and migration within and from the Indian subcontinent.
PhotoDr. Lucy Delap
College: Murray Edwards College
Field: Late Nineteenth and Twentieth century British history, and the transatlantic exchanges between Britain, Canada and the United States. I mainly look at social, media and cultural history, and the history of ideas.
elizabeth foysterDr. Elizabeth Foyster
College: Clare College
Field: History of the family and gender (masculinity and femininity) in England from the seventeenth century through to the mid-nineteenth century
PhotoDr. Ben Griffin
College: Girton College
Field: Nineteenth century British history, particularly political history, gender history, the history of masculinity and the history of feminism.

elisabeth van houtsProf. Elisabeth Van Houts
College: Emmanuel College
Field: The history of England and Normandy 900-1200, the writing of history in the Middle Ages, Gender (men and women) in the Middle Ages.

PhotoProf. Mary Laven
College: Jesus College
Field: Early modern religious and cultural history; the history of the Counter-Reformation; the Jesuit mission to China; gender; the body; sociability (how people talked, gossiped, ate, drank, played, and hung out together).
peter mandlerProf. Peter Mandler
College: Gonville and Caius College
Field: I work on British history over the last 200 years – most aspects, but with a special interest in ideas about 'Englishness' – what do people think is peculiar to or unusual about England and its people?
magnus ryanDr. Magnus Ryan
College: Peterhouse
Field: History of political ideas in the medieval period and law and politics in medieval Europe
richard serjeantsonDr. Richard Serjeantson
College: Trinity College
Field: I am principally interested in the period that historians tend to call ‘early modern’ – that is, the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.
smith dDr. David Smith
College: Selwyn College
Field: My field is British political and constitutional history during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
andrew thompsonDr. Andrew Thompson
College: Queens' College
Field: Eighteenth-century British and European history
carl watkinsDr. Carl Watkins
College: Magdalene College
Field: Medieval Religious History