Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History

Affiliated students

Details of students affiliated to the Centre

All taught and research postgraduate students who work in modern and contemporary history at the University of Edinburgh are welcome to join the Centre as affiliated students. Please contact us in order to be added to the website. You should send us a one-sentence description of your research field and a link to your external website and/or social media profile, if you have one.

  • Calum Aikman is a PhD student in History. His research mostly focuses on twentieth-century British and Scottish politics, trade union history and the fortunes of the Labour Party in the post-war era. His thesis is on the political thought of the Labour Party's 'revisionist' right wing in the 1970s.
  • Claire Aubin is a PhD student in History, researching the immigration and social integration patterns of Eastern European Holocaust collaborators in the US during the post-WWII and Cold War eras. 

  • Jessica Campbell is a PhD student in Economic and Social History. Her primary research interests lie in the social history of medicine. Her doctoral project 'From Moral Treatment to Mad Culture' seeks to explore the themes of creativity and patient expression through a historical enquiry into the nature of alternative psychiatric therapies in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain.

  • Arran Claringbold is a PhD student in History. He is working on a biography of Zimbabwean nationalist leader Abel Muzoerwa, which is attempting to reassess his role in Zimbabwean nationalist politics during the Liberation War.

  • Joe Gazeley is a PhD student in Politics working on the historical foreign and security policy relationship between Mali and Europe. His research focuses on recontextualising the 2013 military intervention in Mali and moving beyond ideas of state weakness by exploring the historical agency of a supposedly ‘weak’ state within an extraverted foreign policy relationship.

  • Mike Hally is an independent radio producer and part-time PhD student in Modern History. His research interests are the social history of the First World War, and local authority censorship of films post-WW2.  His thesis is about the creation and development of ex-service organisations during the First World War and up to their unification as the British Legion in 1921.

  • Iker Itoiz Ciáurriz is a PhD student in History. His research interests lie broadly in the history of the European left, political theory, political violence and historical memory. His thesis focuses on the political commitment of Eric Hobsbawm and his passion for politics in a transformed world (since 1977).

  • Chris Jardine is currently doing an MScR in French Studies. He is researching the treatment of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in contemporary France

  • Robbie Johnston is a PhD student in History. His primary research interests lie in the twentieth-century politics of Scotland and Britain. He is currently working on a thesis which explores the development of Scottish Home Rule and Nationalism from the 1970s to the 1990s.

  • Anita Klingler is a PhD student in History. Her research interests lie broadly in twentieth century European history, political and colonial violence, and coming to terms with a violent past. Her thesis compares attitudes towards political violence in interwar Britain and Germany.   

  • Tsiona Lida was an MSc by Research student in History. She is currently a Kennedy Scholar in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Her research interests lie broadly in twentieth century intellectual history in Europe and the Israel/Palestine conflict. Her dissertation examines the role of emotions in Hannah Arendt's writing on Jewish politics and Israel.

  • Anna Lively is a History PhD student researching transnational connections between the Russian and Irish Revolutions, 1905-23. Her research interests include the translation of political ideas across borders and nationalism and socialism in early twentieth-century Europe. 

  • Marina Moya Moreno is a PhD student in History, working on the analysis of representations and memorialisation of the Spanish transition. Her research focuses on analysing the changes in the definitions of different narratives and portrayals of this period found within Spanish society.

  • Mathew Nicolson is a PhD student in Scottish History.  His research interests focus on the politics and culture of postwar Scotland with particular emphases on its ‘peripheral’ island groups and imperial connections.  His thesis explores the politics of culture, identity and constitutional change in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles from 1969 to 1999. 

  • Jason Platzer is a taught MSc student in History studying through the online MSc in History program. His research interests include a focus on nineteenth and twentieth century Europe as well as an interest in the study of revolutions. He is also interested in theories of empire and British colonialism as it relates to slavery in the former colony of British Guiana.

  • Rory Scothorne is a PhD student in History. His research interests lie broadly in the history of social movements, the development and contestation of the public sphere in the twentieth century, and the political thought of the radical left. His thesis focuses on the relationship between the radical left and Scottish nationalism from 1968 to 1992.

  • Hugo Zetterberg is a PhD student in History. He studies the histories of French and British decolonisation, with a particular focus on how the process was perceived in the metropolitan centre.