Postdoctoral Affiliates

Laura Carter

Laura Carter is an historian of modern Britain focusing on education, popular culture, and everyday life in the twentieth century. She is currently a Research Associate on the ESRC-funded project “Secondary Education and Social Change in the United Kingdom since 1945,” based in the History Faculty at Cambridge, for which Professor Peter Mandler is the Principal Investigator. This project examines how people in Britain and Northern Ireland have situated their experience of secondary education within their life courses, identities, and in relation to other processes of social change since the Second World War. In addition, Laura is a Research Fellow at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. Her PhD looked at popular social history in Britain between the 1920s and 1960s, focusing on how “ordinary” people learnt about history through books, in schools, in museums, and via BBC radio. She is currently turning this thesis into a book on the social history of social history in twentieth-century Britain. She has published articles in Twentieth Century British History, History Workshop Journal, and Cultural and Social History.

Freddy Foks

Freddy Foks is a Junior Research Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge. Part of his Ph.D. thesis—”Social Anthropology and British Society, c. 1920-1970“—has appeared in the journal Comparative Studies in Society and History. Future work will focus on the political economy of settler colonialism in East and Central Africa. This project will be centered on the politics of white supremacy, emigration, tariff reform, democratization, citizenship, and anti-colonial resistance as the bounds of the British empire state were recast and transformed between the late nineteenth century and accession to the E.E.C. in 1973.

Chika Tonooka

Chika Tonooka is the Mark Kaplanoff Research Fellow in History at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Her research focuses on the intellectual, cultural and political history of Britain. Her PhD thesis examined British intellectual responses to the emergence of Japan as a “civilized” power, c. 1880-1945, analyzing the impact of this rise on prevailing British ideas of human difference and world order. A part of this research has been published in the Historical Journal. Chika is now turning this thesis into a book.

David Cowan

David Cowan is a Junior Research Fellow in History at Emmanuel College, 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 and is funded by a Vice Chancellor’s Award from the Cambridge Trust in conjunction with Wolfson College. His article “The ‘Progress of a Slogan’: Youth, Culture, and the Shaping of Everyday Political Languages in late 1940s Britain” won Twentieth Century British History‘s Duncan Tanner Essay Prize in 2017.

Anna Danziger Halperin

Anna K. Danziger Halperin is Lecturer in the Department of History at Columbia University, where she recently completely her PhD. She also teaches in the History Department of St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn. She focuses on comparative social policy, gender, and childhood. Her dissertation and current book manuscript comparatively analyzes child care policy in Britain and the United States, interrogating conceptions of motherhood, child-rearing, and state interventions in the private realm. Before graduate school, she conducted research on U.S. child care policies and other related issues affecting low-wage working families during her employment with the Urban Institute and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Anna’s article, “‘Cinderella of the Education System’: Margaret Thatcher’s Plan for Nursery Expansion in 1970s Britain,” was recently published in Twentieth Century British History.

Chris Jeppesen

Chris Jeppesen is currently a Research Associate on the ESRC-funded project “Secondary Education and Social Change in the United Kingdom since 1945,” based in the History Faculty at Cambridge, for which Professor Peter Mandler is the Principal Investigator. Beyond the project, his work explores the histories of the colonial civil services, decolonization, and the material legacies of empire in Britain after the end of empire. He has previously worked on the connections between the East India Company and the Caribbean sugar economy in the pre-Victorian empire and is currently preparing for publication his PhD thesis on career motivation among colonial officials.