Staff profiles

Photo of Alvin Jackson

Professor Alvin Jackson

Richard Lodge Professor of History


Contact information
Address: Room 1.12, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 651 3848

I have lived and worked in Edinburgh as Sir Richard Lodge Professor of History since 2004.  Before arriving here, I studied Modern History at Corpus Christi College and Nuffield College, Oxford, where I completed a D.Phil. in 1986. I was a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow between 1986 and 1988, and was Lecturer in Modern History at University College Dublin between 1988 and 1991:  in 1991 I  moved to Queen’s University Belfast, where I was Professor of Modern Irish History.  In 1996-7 I began a close and ongoing connection with several US universities when I spent an academic year as John Burns Visiting Professor at Boston College, Massachusetts.   

I was Head of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Edinburgh for nearly four years (2010-13) and have recently served as Dean of Research and Depute Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science.

My research has been supported by three major national awards – a British Academy Research Readership in the Humanities (2000), a British Academy-Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship (2009) and a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2014).  In 2014 I was elected as an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and in 2015 I was elected as Member of the Academia Europaea.  

External appointments
  • Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy
  • Member of the Academia Europaea