Duncan Frankis

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Duncan has a multi-disciplinary background based upon research and teaching in History, Criminology, and Education. He began his academic career at Aberystwyth University studying European History during his undergraduate degree, and focusing on Early Modern British History for his MA.

Following the completion of his MA in 2012, he took a position as a researcher for an international development charity based in Honduras. During his time in Latin America, he produced research examining the origins and prevalence of gender based crime in rural communities in southern Honduras. Following two years of employment in International Development, he returned to studying History.

After being granted a full scholarship at the University of Birmingham, Duncan’s PhD focused on the historical links between politics and industry in the West Midlands. Whilst studying at the University of Birmingham he was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in History and Education, specialising in the Early Modern Atlantic World, Latin American studies, colonialism, and decolonizing the British education system.

Duncan has also worked as a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham City University and Newman University. In May 2021 he moved to Newman permanently after successfully applying for the position of History Lecturer.


Research interests

Duncan’s research interests include;

  • The History of Honduras
  • Gender based violence in Latin America
  • The Political and Industrial History of the West Midlands
  • Eighteenth Century Print Culture
  • The Atlantic Revolutions
  • The History of Education in Britain
  • Colonialism, Post-Colonialism, and Decolonizing the British curriculum


At the University of Birmingham, and Birmingham City University, Duncan has taught on a wide range of modules, covering topics such as:

  • The British Empire
  • The Industrial and Political History of Birmingham
  • The History of Education in Britain
  • Eurasian Medieval History
  • The Reformation
  • Revolutions and Rebellions in Early Modern Europe
  • War Studies
  • Historiographical Approaches and Techniques
  • Introduction to British History for Erasmus students
  • Transnational and Corporate Crime
  • Gender Based Violence

At Newman he is teaching on the History and Applied Humanities courses, focusing on the following topics;

  • Employability skills
  • Education in Britain
  • Gender Based Violence in Honduras
  • The Role of Liverpool Football Club and the Scouse Identity
  • Indian Independence
  • The Atlantic Revolutions
  • Slavery
  • Racialisation in England

Administrative Responsibilities

Duncan is module lead for various teaching components in History, as well as part of the task group writing, developing, and delivering the Applied Humanities Degree and MA.

Other Activities

Conferences and Other Research Activity

That Nefarious Newspaper, The Dublin Evening Post (1789-1794), Print and the Provincial Press Conference, Birmingham City University (June 2016).

Birmingham Brass Founders During the Age of Revolution, West Midlands History Conference (2018).



Frankis, Birmingham Brass Makers: Cut-throat Capitalism in the Industrial Revolution; a book has been commissioned by West Midlands History to be printed in 2022 based on his PhD thesis – exploring the links between politics and industry in eighteenth century Birmingham. Podcast available; https://historywm.com/podcasts/birmingham-brass-makers-cut-throat-capitalism-in-the-industrial-revolution.

Edited Books

Frankis, ‘The 1823 Judgement of Death Act,’ in 50 Facts Everyone Should Know About Crime and Punishment in Britain, eds., Professor James Treadwell and Dr. Adam Lynes (Policy Press: Bristol, 2019); a historical context chapter included in a compulsory textbook for first year criminology students at Birmingham City University.

Frankis, ‘That Nefarious Newspaper: The Dublin Evening Post, 1789-1794’ in Print, Politics, and the Provincial Press in Modern Britain, eds. Dr. Ian Cawood and Dr. Lisa Peters (Peter Lang Publishing: Oxford, 2019); a chapter exploring and analysing the coverage of revolutions occurring in the late-eighteenth century Atlantic World through a case study of a popular Dublin-based newspaper.

Frankis and S. Patel-Nascimento, ‘Rio De Janeiro,’ Dark Destinations, A Criminological Analysis of Contemporary Tourism, eds. Dr. Adam Lynes, Craig Kelly, and Professor James Treadwell (The Bristol University Press, University of Bristol, 2021); an outline of the unsettling trend of wealthy European and American tourists voyeuristic tendencies when visiting Rio De Janeiro, and participating in Favela tours and parties.


Frankis and R. Higgins A Profile of Domestic and Intrafamily Violence in Five of the Most Affected Municipalities in the Department of La Paz, Honduras (Marcala, 2013); a research project funded by the International Citizenship Service for the charity, Progressio, as well as the women’s rights cooperative, Cooperativa Mixta Unidas Para Progresar Ltd. It outlines the extent and severity of gender-based crime and femicide in rural Honduras.

D. Frankis, Access to Birmingham: Barriers to Academic Success (March 2020); a research report commissioned by the College of Art and Law, through AHRC funding, into the experience of Access to Birmingham students at the University of Birmingham.