History: research specialisms

The History research group at Plymouth has an established tradition of internationally recognised research excellence in the fields of social and cultural history, political and diplomatic history, and military, maritime and naval history. 

Explore the research specialisms listed and select one that ignites your interest and find which history team members will be supervising your research in this area. Learn more about them, their personal and professional interests, by selecting them from the staff list.

Specialisms and associated staff

Maritime history

Elaine Murphy
Harry Bennett   

Histories of renaissance, reformation and counter reformation Europe

Jameson Tucker
James Daybell 

History of sexuality

Daniel Grey 
Jonathan Mackintosh   

Crime and society

Daniel Grey 
James Gregory   

Early modern book and letter writing histories

James Daybell
Jameson Tucker   

Diplomatic history

Harry Bennett
Simon Topping   

Global and transnational histories

Jonathan Mackintosh
Daniel Grey
Sandra Barkhof

Modern German history

Sandra Barkhof

Early modern Irish and modern Irish history

Elaine Murphy
Claire Fitzpatrick 

Early modern British history

Elaine Murphy
James Daybell

Modern British history

James Gregory 
Daniel Grey 
Dan Maudlin   

Modern India

Daniel Grey   

History of the USA and transatlantic cultures

Simon Topping
Jody Patterson
Harry Bennett
Dan Maudlin

Early modern French history

Jameson Tucker

Material culture and histories of British / transatlantic landscape and building

Dan Maudlin   

Oral History

Jonathan Mackintosh
Alan Butler


Heritage and Local History

James Gregory
Jameson Tucker
Dan Maudlin

Recent significant research successes include:

  • Daniel Maudlin won a major three-year Leverhulme award for the project, 'The Inn and the traveller in the British Atlantic World' (2014-2017)
  • James Daybell was awarded a British Academy/ Leverhulme grant for the project 'Women's Early Modern Letters Online' (2013-2015)

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