Research Interests

The History team's research is both national and international in scope. It spans from classics and reception to modern political culture. Historians at Newman write across a range of different publications, appear in local and national media and speak at events across the world.  In 2014, the Research Excellence Framework recognised much of the Subject Area's research as internationally important and a proportion as world leading in its significance.

Dr Ian Cawood

Ian works on the development of modern politics and the early public services in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is particularly interested in how liberal ideas became embedded in the British political system and would welcome research students interested in the history of party politics, state formation and institutions such as the police, the legal and medical professions and the civil service.

Dr Emma Folwell

Emma's work addresses twentieth-century American history, particularly responses to poverty and community action. She welcomes enquiries from prospective MRes students in most areas of modern American history and for PhD projects that address concepts of poverty and resistance in the mid-twentieth century.

Dr Juliette Harrisson

Juliette's research interests primarily focus on myth and religion in the ancient world, particularly in the Roman world, and the reception of the ancient world in modern popular culture. She is happy to supervise MRes dissertations projects in any area of ancient history, but particularly in areas relating to gender studies, women's and family history, myth, religion, emotional history and the application of modern medicine and psychology to the study of ancient history. 

Dr Chris Langley

Chris is a specialist in early modern worship and religious change in Britain and Ireland.  His work explores the relationship between community and state and the way Protestant identities developed. He is particularly interested in supervising projects addressing popular Protestantism in the seventeenth century.

Dr Charlotte Lewandowski

Charlotte is interested in the relationship between authority and identity in the High Middle Ages. She has worked extensively on the role of the medieval episcopate and the impact of changing concepts of power on the Church. She welcomes MRes enquiries in most areas of Western European medieval studies and encourages doctoral applications on episcopal power and ecclesiastical institutions in the period.

Dr Noelle Plack

Noelle’s work addresses the social and cultural history of Revolutionary and Napoleonic France with special emphasis on popular involvement in the revolutionary process. She would also welcome projects on the social history of alcohol in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.