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New academic appointments to expand modern history expertise

The University is adding to its expertise in modern and contemporary history, welcoming five new academics to the Humanities Department in 2017.

Posted: 31 March 2017

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18th century Grove House, Froebel College

Together, the new appointees have previously received funding for their work and research from organisations such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the British Academy, the Roosevelt Study Centre and the German National Academic Foundation.

Professor Sylvia Ellis arrived at Roehampton in January as Professor of Modern History, specialising in Anglo-American relations and foreign policy, and civil rights and protest movements. She was previously Head of Humanities and former Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at Northumbria University. Joining her in April will be Dr Michael Cullinane, Reader in US History, who has published books on 20th century US foreign policy and Theodore Roosevelt. Together, they will add depth to Roehampton’s expertise in Modern US history, a topic which remains vital for students and wider society in understanding the events of today.

In September, Drs Sebastian Gehrig and Caroline Sharples will join Roehampton as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in European History respectively. Both share a specialism in modern German history, studying the effects and legacy of National Socialism. Dr Sharples, in particular, investigates the legacy and representations of the Holocaust, and her work has been funded by the Toni-Schiff Memorial Fund for Holocaust Research and the Holocaust.

Also in September, Dr Yolana Pringle will arrive as a Senior Lecturer in Medical History. With interests in psychiatry in colonial and post-colonial Africa, and violence and public health, her work will compliment both Roehampton’s strength in psychology, and current research in medical history.

The Department of Humanities has a strong reputation, with 100% of research being rated as “internationally excellent” for the impact it has on society, in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Roehampton is also known for its quality of teaching, being home to a number of National Teaching Fellows. The new appointments will add to this quality, and we look forward to welcoming them all in time for the next academic year, along with a sixth member, yet to be appointed.

We offer a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Humanities, for more information please see our department page.

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