Several of those who have written for History Matters are members of the History Department at the University of Sheffield. You can find out a little more about them below.
Abdel Razzaq Takriti joined the University of Sheffield history department in September 2012. He previously held a Research Fellowship in Political History at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He examined the history of the Dhufar revolution in Oman (1965-76) for his DPhil, which was completed at St. Antony’s colleye, Oxford, in 2010.
Adrian joined the department in 2006, having read history at Merton College, Oxford, where he also studied for his DPhil. In 2002, he took up a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Contemporary British History, Univetsity of London, where he later held a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship.
Amanda works on the intellectual, religious and political life of medieval Europe. She specialises in the history of the Fransiscan order. Her current research project examines the responses of religious and secular authorities to the new geographical information gathered in the wake of the Mongol conquests.
Andrew joined the department in 2008, after reading history at University College London, before receiving his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and Britol University. His research interests are in the intersection of political, urban and social history of the nineteenth century United States.
Caroline joined the department in 2010. She received her DPhil from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 2004, and went on to hold a temporary lecturer and Research Fellow position at Cambridge. She then spent three years at the University of Leicester, lecturing in Early Modern History, where she was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2010. She administers the History Matters blog, with assistance from other staff and student interns.
Dr Catherine Fletcher joined the department in 2012. She graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1996, and worked for the BBC Political Unit as a researcher and TV producer before returning to academic life full-time in 2004. She gained a PhD in history from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2008 and has held fellowships at the Institute for Historical Research, British School at Rome and European University, as well as lecturing in Early Modern History at Durham University.
Charles joined the department in 2008, before which he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Hertford College, Oxford, and spent six months as a visiting researcher ay the Université Paris | Panthéon-Sorbonne. Charles is a member of the Royal Historical Society, and an associated member of the Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris.
Miles joined the department in 2008. He studied at the University of Westminster and gained an MA in African Studies at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and SOAS. He has worked for a number of aid agencies including Save the Children, travelling widely in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2004, he completed his PhD in Sheffield, and has held positions at the University of Pretoria, Keele and Sheffield Hallam universities.
Miriam studied Russian and French at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, before moving to the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London, gaining her MA in history and later her PhD. Miriam is a member of the British Association of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, and co-convenes a Study Group on Religion and Spirituality in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Phil McClusket joined the department in September 2012, having studied his undergraduate degree at the University of York and an MA at Durham University. He then undertook his PhD at the University of St Andrews. He has worked as a Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and then the University of Manchester.
More staff profiles will be added as more blog contributions are received.