Graduate Students Affiliated with NYCTC

Sam Coggeshall ( is a PhD student at Columbia. He studies the political and intellectual interaction of the British Empire and the early Soviet state, focusing on ideas of the nation and competing plans for its cultivation and protection. He is working on a project about British consular representatives in Poland and other parts of the Russian Empire in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

david-cowanDavid Cowan ( is a PhD student in History at the University of Cambridge. He studies the social, cultural, and political history of twentieth-century Britain. His PhD explores how social change was discussed in everyday speech from the 1930s to the 1980s. It is funded by a Vice Chancellor’s Award from the Cambridge Trust in conjunction with Wolfson College.

Ivan Collister ( is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge with research interests in labour history, electoral politics, and the history of social policy in modern Britain. Ivan’s PhD, a study of local attitudes towards politics and policy (c.1950-1990), is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and St John’s College, Cambridge. In 2016 and 2017, he was the Research Associate on a study of expertise in government policymaking, contributing to the Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative on Public Policy.

Halperin_100x100Anna Danziger Halperin ( is a PhD student in International and Global History at Columbia University. She is interested in comparative social policy,  gender, and childhood. Her dissertation comparatively analyzes child care policy in Britain and the United States, interrogating conceptions of motherhood, child-rearing, and state interventions in the private realm. Her project has garnered support from the Institute for Historical Research, the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, and the Alumnae Association of Barnard College.

Dorfman_100x100Jenna Dorfman ( is a PhD student in modern British history at New York University. She is interested in the history of childhood in postwar Britain, particularly as reflected in British children’s literature.


DubnerRoslyn Dubner ( is a Ph.D. student in modern European history at Columbia University. Interested in popular intellectual and epistemological cultures, her work examines the post-war British welfare state, the history of the social sciences, and the ideological rise of the meritocracy.


Foks_100x100Freddy Foks ( is a PhD student in history at the University of Cambridge. He is interested in ideas of “modernity” and “tradition” in Anglo-American intellectual culture in the twentieth century. His AHRC-funded PhD is a cultural and intellectual history of social anthropology in Britain between the 1920s and the 1970s. His article “The Sociological Imagination of the British New Left: ‘Culture’ and the ‘Managerial Society,’ c. 1956-62” has been published online in Modern Intellectual History.

Hall_100x100Richard Hall ( is a PhD student in History at the University of Cambridge. He is presently working on an oral history project entitled “A Social and Emotional History of Fathers and Sons in Britain 1945-1970.” Richard explores histories of masculinity, generations and the family in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on issues of memory and subjectivity in the production of life narratives and social history. He has recently given conference papers on transgenerational narratives of fear in father-son relationships, and his adapted MA dissertation “Being a Man, Being a Member: Masculinity and Community in Britain’s Working Men’s Clubs 1945-1960” is pending publication in Cultural and Social History. In 2016-17, he is teaching on the second-year undergraduate History and Memory modules I and II at King’s College London.

Heinemann_100x100Kieran Heinemann ( is a PhD student in History at the University of Cambridge. He is interested in the social, cultural, and financial history of twentieth-century Britain. His PhD thesis is funded by Emmanuel College, Cambridge and looks into popular forms of investment and financial speculation from postwar to Thatcher’s Britain. His article on popular share ownership in the twentieth century will appear in the October 2016 issue of the Archiv für Sozialgeschichte.

Igra_100x100Alma Igra ( is a PhD student in Global and International History at Columbia University. She is interested in the history of the British Empire in the twentieth century and British domestic and international developments in the age of the League of Nations. Her dissertation focuses on the development of international health standards and the group of British nutritionists and scientists who studied hunger after World War I. She has presented papers in New York and Tel Aviv on human-animal relations in the field of nutrition and on the history of animal welfare work in mandated Palestine.

Bethan Johnson ( is a PhD student in History at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD thesis, which is funded by a Vice Chancellor’s Award from the Cambridge Trust in concert with Newnham College, compares the emergence and activities of British and other European violent separatists in the 1960s and 1970s. Within this framework, the thesis explores themes of identity politics, nationalism, and globalization. Her previous work has analyzed internal empire, cultural autonomy, and socio-political expression in Wales.


Kim_100x100Seung Woo Kim ( is a PhD student in financial history at the University of Cambridge. He studies how the global financial market in the late twentieth century interacted with contemporary political, social, and cultural context with particular interests in the governance of world economy and economic sovereignty of nation-states. His dissertation, partially funded by the Ellen McArthur Research Studentship in Economic History, narrates the history of Euromarket with a focus on the making of the transnational network of finance from 1959 to 1979. His research has been presented at conferences of the Association of Business History and the Economic History Society.

Lynton Lees (lel2152@columbia.eduis a first-year PhD student in modern European history at Columbia University. She is broadly interested in the history of transnational migration, humanitarianism, and childhood in the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on Jewish child migration. She is interested in the construction, evolution, and rebuilding of national identities through contemporary ideas about education and child development. 

charles-lockwoodCharles Lockwood ( is a PhD student in History at the University of Cambridge. His AHRC-funded PhD examines the British New Right’s conceptions of public opinion and social change in the 1970s and 1980s, seeking to determine the means and extent of their attempts to transform British political culture.

MoseleyKatrina Moseley ( is a PhD student in modern British history at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD thesis explores issues of selfhood, consumption, morality and control within the context of changing food attitudes in postwar Britain. It is funded by an award from the AHRC and supervised by Dr Lucy Delap.

Pesaran_100x100Natasha Pesaran ( is a PhD student in Modern Middle Eastern History at Columbia University. She studies the establishment and development of the oil industry in Iraq after the First World War and is particularly interested in the role of Western oil companies and British and French imperialism, as well as the sociopolitical and technical worlds built by oil infrastructure. Her dissertation project is a social and political history of the oil pipelines that were built to transport Iraq’s oil to the Mediterranean.

Quinton_100x100Laura Quinton ( is a PhD student in Modern European History at New York University. She researches the history of twentieth-century British ballet. The Alumnae Association of Barnard College and the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University have supported her work. Her entry on the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev will appear in the forthcoming Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Emily Rutherford ( is a Ph.D. student in modern British history at Columbia University. Her dissertation is a history of opposition to coeducation at British universities between 1870 and 1935, and she is interested broadly in the history of education and gender/sexuality in modern Britain. Her research has been funded by the Columbia Graduate School, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, and the North American Council for British Studies; her publications include “Impossible Love and Victorian Values: J.A. Symonds and the Intellectual History of Homosexuality,” Journal of the History of Ideas 75:4 (2014) and “Arthur Sidgwick’s Greek Prose Composition: Gender, Affect, and Sociability,” Journal of British Studies 56:1 (2017).

abigail-sageAbigail Sage ( a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. She is interested in the cultural and social history of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain. Her AHRC-funded PhD looks at the literary environment and lived experiences of aspiring writers from 1870 to the start of the First World War.

taym-saleh_pictureTaym Saleh ( is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. He is interested in modern British political history, and his thesis will examine changing attitudes towards the European Union in British politics in the 1980s. He has previously co-authored “The electoral dynamics of conservatism, 1885-1910: ‘negative unionism’ reconsidered” in the Historical Journal (June 2016) and has published “The decline of the Scottish Conservative party in north-east Scotland, 1965-79: a regional perspective” in Parliamentary History (forthcoming).

Seaton_100x100Andrew Seaton ( is a PhD Student in Modern European History at New York University. Andrew is writing a new social and political history of the British National Health Service, explaining its emotional and imaginative significance in Britain and abroad since 1948. His article, “Against the ‘Sacred Cow’: NHS Opposition and the Fellowship for Freedom in Medicine, 1948-72,” won the 2014 Duncan Tanner Prize for the best article by a graduate student submitted to Twentieth Century British History. Andrew has written blogs on the NHS and British Studies more generally for Oxford University Press, History Workshop Journal Online, and the Centre for Modern British Studies at the University of Birmingham.

George Severs ( is a PhD student in Modern British History at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he is researching a thesis on HIV/AIDS activism in the UK c. 1980-2000. George is an active member of the Oral History Society’s LGBTQ special interest group, co-convenes the Cambridge Gender and Sexuality History Workshop, and is also the curator of the “personal testimony and memory” theme of the London 2018 AIDS Cultures and Histories Festival. His first article, “The ‘Obnoxious Mobilised Minority’: homophobia and homohysteria in the British National Party, 1982-1999,” was originally published in Gender and Education and will be reprinted in the 2018 Routledge volume Tomorrow Belongs to US: the British Far Right since 1967.

Subramanian_100x100Divya Subramanian ( is a PhD student in Global and International History at Columbia University. Her interests lie at the intersection of economic history and the history of international development, with a focus on British empire, the history of the social sciences, and the postwar “crisis” of development.

Tonooka_100x100Chika Tonooka ( is a PhD student in History at the University of Cambridge. She studies the intellectual and cultural history of Britain since the late nineteenth century, with a particular interest in Britain’s engagement with the non-European world. Her PhD project, supervised by Professor Peter Mandler and sponsored by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust, examines ideas of Japanese “civilization” and conceptions of “progress” in British thought and culture, c. 1880-1945. Her article on the intellectual impact of the Russo-Japanese War, “Reverse emulation and the cult of Japanese efficiency in Edwardian Britain,” will be published in the Historical Journal.

Hannah Rose Woods ( is a PhD student at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. Her thesis investigates anxiety and urban life in late Victorian and Edwardian thought, examining cultural and emotional responses to urbanization, industrialization, and modernity. She has published articles on romanticism in the writings of H. G. Wells and British tears, and is currently researching urban anxieties in working-class autobiographical writing. Her broader research interests are social and cultural history of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, especially histories of the senses and emotions