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.

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.

David Dahlborn ( is a PhD student in British history at Cambridge. His dissertation topic is voluntary organisations and local government in London in the 1980s, explaining the long-term legacy of council funding and capital investment for voluntary organisations, in particular from the Greater London Council’s 1981-6 Labour administration. This work is funded by St John’s College, Cambridge.

DubnerRoslyn Dubler ( is a Ph.D. student in modern European history at Columbia University working on the history of gender, social policy, and European integration in the late twentieth century. Her dissertation, tentatively titled ‘Indiscriminate Integration: Sex, Social Policy, and the State’, proposes to write the first history of the international norm of non-discrimination in Europe through a comparison of British and German welfare policy and law.

Alice Gorton ( is a PhD student in History at Columbia University. She studies radio, film, and transnational communications in the early twentieth-century “British World,” focusing especially on the Pacific. More broadly, she is interested in the relationship between media and settler colonialism in the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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.

Lynton Lees (l.lees@columbia.eduis a PhD candidate in modern European history at Columbia University. Her dissertation, “Democracy’s children: education, citizenship, and the totalitarian challenge to Britain and its empire, 1933-1950”, is an intellectual and political history of interwar educational thought, revealing how existential threats posed by totalitarian regimes caused liberals in Britain to reimagine education as a tool to produce democratic citizens in the metropole, on the continent, and in Britain’s former settler-colonies. Her work has been supported by the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Kathleen M. Gash Fellowship in British History, and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia. She was offered the Fulbright All-Disciplines Postgraduate Award in 2017. She is the administrative assistant for NYCTC. 

Will Lloyd-Regan ( is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. His research examines the shift in banking practices from 1970-2000, and how the rise in mortgage lending and the subsequent maturity mismatch on banks’ balance sheets brought with it a fundamental change in the way banks managed and considered risk.

Max Long ( is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. His PhD project explores the production of film and radio programmes about nature in Britain between 1895 and 1953, and is funded by the Wolfson Foundation.


Ellie Lowe ( is a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge. She is interested in cultural, gender, and political histories of twentieth-century Britain. Her thesis uses marriage, along with wider networks of kin, as a lens through which to explore the history of the Labour and Conservative parties in twentieth-century Britain. It analyses the marital status of individuals involved in national and local party politics to understand how marriage and relationships intersected with political life. She has recently presented a paper at the “Century of Women MPs” conference marking 100 years since the first female MP was elected.

Harry Mace ( is a Ph.D. candidate in Modern European History at Girton College, Cambridge. Harry’s thesis analyzes the gender identities of serving personnel in the British Diplomatic Service throughout the second half of the twentieth century. The project analyzes how gender ideals were institutionally sanctioned in the diplomatic profession and explores how personnel negotiated and performed their gender accordingly. In so doing, the study maps the subjectivities and emotional politics of British diplomats, drawing on a large program of oral history interviews, and historicizes how different generations of men and women negotiated the diplomatic service’s changing gender order.

Harry Parker ( is a PhD student at Cambridge, with interests in the history of mass media, popular culture and new technologies. His thesis (for the moment) looks at the relationship between radio and changing modes of selfhood and sociability in the early twentieth century. His work is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Doctoral Training Partnership.

Quinton_100x100Laura Quinton ( is a PhD student in modern European history at New York University. Her dissertation examines British government support for ballet after World War II, exploring the relationship between dance aesthetics and the politics of national arts funding, public broadcasting, and cultural diplomacy. Her work has been supported by a CLIR Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, the Alumnae Association of Barnard College, and NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts.

Barnaby Raine ( is a PhD student in modern European intellectual history at Columbia University. His dissertation examines changing visions of the end of capitalism from Marx and Lenin to debates in twentieth century Britain, connecting that conceptual genealogy to shifts in the experience of capitalist society. He has wider interests in the history of political philosophy and social theory, in the global history of socialism and in the morphology of political ideologies in Britain since 1900.

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 published “The decline of the Scottish Conservative party in north-east Scotland, 1965-79: a regional perspective” in Parliamentary History in 2017.

Seaton_100x100Andrew Seaton ( is a PhD Student in Modern European History at New York University. Andrew is writing a political, social, and cultural history of the British National Health Service, explaining its lived and ideological significance in Britain and abroad. His publications include an article in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, titled “The Gospel of Wealth and the National Health: The Rockefeller Foundation and Social Medicine in Britain’s NHS, 1945-60” as well as an article in Twentieth Century British History, titled “Against the ‘Sacred Cow’: NHS Opposition and the Fellowship for Freedom in Medicine, 1948-72 that was awarded the Duncan Tanner Prize. Andrew‘s research has been supported by the New York Academy of Medicine, Rockefeller Archive Center, and the Remarque Institute.

George Severs ( is a third year PhD student in modern British history at Selwyn College, Cambridge and Holstein Fellow at the University of California, Riverside (2019-20). His thesis explores HIV/AIDS activism in England c.1982-1997. George is Secretary of the Oral History Society’s LGBTQ special interest group and has just co-edited Oral History’s first LGBTQ special issue which will be published in Spring 2020. He co-convenes the Cambridge Gender and Sexuality History Workshop and has published on the history of the British National Party’s anti-gay sentiment for Gender and Education.

Lucy Sharp ( is a PhD student at Columbia. She is interested in literary cultures in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain. Her previous work has analyzed interwar anti-fascist historical novels to explore the relationship between academic and popular understandings of the past, and how narratives about the past were deployed for political purposes.

Divya Subramanian ( is a PhD candidate in History at Columbia University. Her dissertation, a global history of the Townscape movement, examines urban regeneration, aesthetics, and gentrification in the late twentieth century. Her publications include “Legislating the Labor Force: Sedentarization and Development in India and the United States, 1870-1915” in Comparative Studies in Society and History. Divya’s dissertation research is supported by the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies.

Grace Whorrall-Campbell ( is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. She is interested in the histories of gender, emotion and space. Her thesis explores the affective dimension of the twentieth-century British workplace, asking how the increased emphasis on productivity, professionalism and efficiency at work impacted workers’ expression and management of their emotions. Her research is supported by the AHRC’s Doctoral Training Partnership.