NYCTC Faculty

Lucy Delap

Lucy Delap is Professor in Modern British History and Gender at Cambridge University. She works on the history of gender, feminism, religion and labour in twentieth-century Britain. She published Feminisms: a global history in 2020, and is also the author of The Feminist Avant-Garde: Transatlantic Encounters of the Early Twentieth Century (2007) and Knowing their Place: Domestic Servants in Twentieth Century Britain (2014). She has been involved as editor and director with the UK-based knowledge exchange project History & Policy since 2007. She continues to work at the interface of policy, public engagement, and history, and is currently working on the history of disability in modern Britain.


Peter Mandler

Peter Mandler is Professor of Modern Cultural History at Cambridge University and Bailey Lecturer in History at Gonville and Caius College. He writes on the political, cultural, social, and intellectual history of Britain since 1800 and on the history of the humanities and social sciences in the English-speaking world. He is the author of Aristocratic Government in the Age of Reform:  Whigs and Liberals, 1830-1852 (1990), The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home (1997), History and National Life (2002), The English National Character: The History of an Idea from Burke to Blair (2006), Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold War (2013), and, most recently, The Crisis of the Meritocracy: Britain’s Transition to Mass Education since the Second World War (2020). From 2012 to 2016 he served as President of the Royal Historical Society and from 2020 to 2023 as President of the Historical Association. From 2017 he is directing a five-year project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, with Laura Carter and Chris Jeppesen, on “Secondary education and social change in the UK since 1945” (Home – Secondary Education and Social Change in the United Kingdom since 1945 (

Susan Pedersen

Susan Pedersen is Gouverneur Morris Professor of British History at Columbia University. Pedersen researches and writes about British, European, and international history and politics in the twentieth century, and is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. She is the author of Family, Dependence, and the Origins of the Welfare State: Britain and France, 1914-1945 (1993), Eleanor Rathbone and the Politics of Conscience (2004), and, most recently, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (2015). She is now working on a book about elite women in fin-de-siècle British politics as seen through the lives of the women of the Balfour and Lytton families.


Ren Pepitone

Ren Pepitone is Assistant Professor of History at NYU. Pepitone, who uses they/them pronouns, works on gender history, urban history, cultural history, and the history of sexuality in Britain and its empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Their forthcoming book Brotherhood of Barristers: Gender, Space, and the Culture of the British Legal Profession, 1840-1940 explores the role of affective masculinity in professional culture. They have begun research on a new project on the culture and politics of amateur theatre, tentatively titled Amateur Actors: The Politics of Performance in Modern Britain and its Empire.


Michael Joseph

Michael Joseph is Assistant Professor of Black British History at Cambridge. His work to date has focused on the history of the British and French Caribbean in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current book project is a comparative study of anti-colonial political thought in five Caribbean islands – Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique, and Guadeloupe – from the 1880s to the 1930s. Research connected to this project, largely concerned with the First World War, has appeared in First World War Studies and French History. Alongside this work, he has ongoing research interests in the history of Caribbean migration to Britain and France, and in Black British and Black European Studies more broadly.



Guy Ortolano

Guy Ortolano is Professor of History at NYU. A cultural and intellectual historian, Ortolano’s interests include urban history, science studies, and world histories. His first book was The Two Cultures Controversy: Science, Literature, and Cultural Politics in Postwar Britain (Cambridge, 2009); his second book was Thatcher’s Progress: From Social Democracy to Market Liberalism through an English New Town (Cambridge, 2019). The inaugural volume in CUP’s “Modern British Histories” series, Thatcher’s Progress explores the spatial dimension of the welfare state in Britain’s pioneering new towns program. Ortolano has also written on the role of England’s Industrial Revolution in U.S. modernization theory; you can read an interview about that work here. From 2015-2019, Ortolano served as an editor of Twentieth Century British History. For his personal website, please see here.


James Stafford

James Stafford will join Columbia as an Assistant Professor from 2021. He works on the intellectual history of Ireland, Britain and Europe since 1750, with particular interests in legal, economic and international thought. He has published on topics including the British-Irish Union of 1801, the relationship between twentieth-century Scottish nationalism and European integration, and perceptions of nuclear civil defence in 1980s Britain. His first book, Political Economy and the Reform of Empire in Ireland, 1776-1848, is based on a Ph.D. thesis completed at Cambridge in 2016. It explores how Europe-wide debates over the nature and prospects of ‘commercial society’ influenced–and were in turn shaped by–British efforts to secure imperial authority in Ireland during the global ‘Age of Revolutions’. From 2015-20 he was co-editor of Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy, where he remains a Contributing Editor. He is currently conducting new research into the origins and legacies of the 1860 Franco-British commercial treaty.