After the PhD

People often ask me what I plan to do after I finish studying history. “What, you know, JOB, will you get?” they say. That’s not just people who don’t know me well or polite strangers making conversation; even one of my uncles asked me back when I started my undergraduate degree, “You’re going to be,…

A Reagan-Era Champion of Human Rights

The Reagan administration’s record on human rights remains highly contested because its commitment was never universal but rather distorted by the ideological competition of the Cold War.  Specifically, during Reagan’s presidency, human rights violations in countries seen as anti-communist bulwarks – South Africa, Nicaragua, and South Korea – were largely overlooked while at the same…

Reaction to Cameron’s Europe Speech

I hope I will be excused for framing my response to David Cameron’s referendum speech with a personal note, even though I have neither struggled for European liberty in the Blitz, nor was I born with the image of the English Channel forever carved into my DNA. My childhood memories of the demolition of the…

The Legacy of Chávez

Hugo Chávez is the most visible Latin America leader in decades. He lies seriously ill in a Cuban hospital, and his return to Venezuelan politics seems uncertain. What are we to make of this controversial and contradictory figure? A broader historical and comparative perspective can help make sense of the man and his legacy. Chávez…

Originally posted on UCL Careers Service Blog:
Joe Mason, a 2nd year B.A. History student recently came to see us and have a mock interview ahead of his interview at Freshfields and got the job! Here is his take on how the mock interview helped him… “I was recently accepted onto the Freshfields LLP vacation…

Language and Enlightenment: book discussion

The launch discussion of Dr. Avi Lifschitz’s Language and Enlightenment: The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century was attended by Dr. Lifschitz himself, Prof. Axel Körner, Prof. Christopher Clark (Cambridge), and Prof. Nicholas Cronk (Oxford) – all of whose names are certainly not foreign to anyone interested in the history of the long eighteenth century.…

Call for Papers: BrANCH Postgraduate and Early Career Workshop

BrANCH Workshop BrANCH Postgraduate and Early Career Workshop Institute of the Americas, University College London 12 April 2013 We are pleased to invite papers for the BrANCH postgraduate and early career workshop, to be held at University College London on April 12, 2013. Building on last year’s inaugural workshop, we will provide a forum for…

Dr Simon Macdonald awarded Review of English Studies prize

Dr Simon Macdonald has been awarded the Review of English Studies essay prize for 2012 for his essay ‘Identifying Mrs Meeke: Another Burney Family Novelist’. His essay focuses on the writer ‘Mrs Meeke’, the most prolific English-language novelist of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; he demonstrates that she can be identified as Elizabeth Meeke, a…

Obama and Jackson: Presidential Elections

In the end it didn’t turn out to be quite as close as the pundits suspected. President Barack Obama secured his second term in office with 303 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206. Despite the bullishness of various Republican talking heads, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia all ended up in the Democratic column; Florida might still…

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities

Applications are invited for three 3-year research studentships in the humanities, funded by the Wolfson Foundation. The studentships will normally cover fees (at the UK/EU level) and include a maintenance stipend of £19,370 p.a. and an element for research and training costs. Applications will be considered for students interested in undertaking doctoral research in the…