School of History, Classics & Archaeology

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Dr Robert Crowcroft

BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FRHistS, FRSA

Senior Lecturer; Contemporary History


Contact information
Address: Room 01.M14, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 3764
Office hours: Thurs 09.00-11.00; Fri 09.00-11.00

Originally from South Yorkshire, I have been privileged to work at some wonderful universities with fantastic students.

I read History at the University of Leeds, graduating with a First in 2003. Captivated by political history, I secured funding for an MA by Research and graduated with distinction in 2004. I commenced PhD study that same year, receiving full AHRC funding, and completed my thesis in 2007.

Perhaps the most rewarding part of being an academic is teaching. I taught at Leeds between 2004 and 2011, including a stint teaching over in Politics. Between 2008 and 2010 I also taught at the University of Sheffield. I was appointed as a Lecturer at Edinburgh in 2011, subsequently being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017.

I held an AHRC Early Career Fellowship in 2013-14.


External appointments
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

  • Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Member of the History editorial board of Anthem Press
  • Historical advisor on the script for Darkest Hour, an Oscar-winning feature film
  • Chair of the History judging panel, the Undergraduate Awards (2013)
  • Senior Research Associate and Research Coordinator, UK Defence Forum (2010-2012)


Useful Links

Twitter: @RCrowcroft

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