Lauren and Sebas at the end of the Summer School

A rainstorm of academic inspiration

Students’ impressions from the London Summer School in Intellectual History The London Summer School in Intellectual History is a rare opportunity for graduate students to acquire further training in the discipline and its different methodologies. It includes special workshops, masterclasses, feedback on current research, and advice on writing and publishing. London is now one of the international…

Rethinking 1960s British Cinema-going

Spend a moment imagining a busy street in 1960s Britain. What does it look like? What does it sound like? What are people wearing? For many, the street will be full of women in miniskirts and men in flares. The colours will be vivid and the sound of the Beatles or the Rolling Stones will…

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…