New Academic Year and New Colleagues

Welcome new and welcome back returning students! We are looking forward to kicking off the new academic year with you all. There is lots going on already via City Voices at the Gloucester History Festival with our student exhibitions on display, and we have more to look forward to this year, including a week-long trip to Rome and Pompeii next March (click here if you want to book your place!).

Many of you will be aware of some staffing changes that were announced at the end of last year. These came about mainly due to the research leave I was granted for Semester 1, and Dr Erin Peters taking a career break in 2022-23. A further development was the recent announcement that Dr David Howell would be leaving us for pastures new. I hope you will all join us in thanking David for his amazing contribution to the History team over the last seven years. He will be sorely missed!

I would like to introduce our new colleagues joining us this year. They are looking forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks, and I’m sure you will join the rest of the team in welcoming them to FCH.

Dr Mark Hutchinson

Mark is our new Lecturer in Early Modern History at Gloucestershire, and will be responsible for covering Erin’s role in the team. Mark has held both a Mid-Career and a Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in the University of Göttingen, Germany, and a Government of Ireland Fellowship at University College Cork.  He previously taught as a Lecturer in Early Modern History at Durham University, Lancaster University and the University of York.  At York, Mark was also a Research Fellow in Politics as part of the Leverhulme project ‘Rethinking Civil Society: history, theory, critique’, with which he remains actively involved.

His research and teaching interests lie in early modern European cultural and intellectual history, with a specific focus on the way in which religious division and distrust came to shape early modern political thought and the vocabularies of ‘commonwealth’, ‘liberty’, ‘state’, ‘self’ and ‘civil society’.  His work makes use of comparative history.  This involves, on the one hand, the breakdown of English political vocabularies in Ireland, and on the other hand, German & English exchanges involving the Holy Roman Empire and the Thirty Years’ War.

Tim Galsworthy

Tim will be covering teaching on American history modules in semester 1 as well as teaching on skills and research methods. His research focuses on American Civil War memory and the Republican Party in the civil rights era. His first journal article – “Carpetbaggers, Confederates, and Richard Nixon” – was published by Presidential Studies Quarterly in 2022. He also has a chapter forthcoming analysing the modern Republican Party’s relationship with the Lost Cause. Tim is currently a member of the Southern Historical Association Graduate Council, having previously served as Postgraduate Secretary for HOTCUS (Historians of the Twentieth Century United States) and Chair of the Pubs and Publications postgraduate blog.

He has written for the Washington Post’s “Made by History” section, Muster by the Journal of the Civil War Era, and regularly supplies expert comments for various outlets. Away from academia, Tim is an avid supporter of Warrington Wolves, Liverpool FC, and various US sports teams. He also spends far too much time on Twitter (@timgalsworthy).

Dr Alison McClean

Alison specialises in 20thCentury transnational history with particular reference to fascism and anti-fascism during the interwar period, and will therefore be teaching HM6412 Dark Continent: Fascism in Europe, 1914-1945 in Semester 1. Originally trained as an art historian, aspects of her doctoral thesis on the Taller de Grafica Popular in Mexico City were later published in Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints 1910-1960, which she co-authored with Dawn Ades. Alison’s current research explores the response of members of the British aristocracy on both sides of the Spanish Civil War.

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