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Professor Kenneth Morgan Professor Kenneth Morgan
Email Professor Kenneth Morgan Professor - Maritime History
I am primarily an economic and social historian of the British Atlantic world in the ‘long’ eighteenth century (1688 - 1840). My particular academic specialism is the history of merchants, ships, foreign trade and ports. I also have subsidiary academic interests in Australian history and in music history. I have previously taught in schools, colleges and other universities before coming to Brunel. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Qualifications: BA 1st class honours, Combined Arts, University of Leicester DPhil Modern History, New College, Oxford PGCE History and English, King’s College, Cambridge My research and publication interests include the following: the dimensions of the British slave trade in space and through time; the organisation of the slave trade; slave work conditions on plantations; slavery, the slave trade and abolitionism; maritime exploration in the 18th and 19th centuries in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; Australian music history; the history of conductors and orchestras; the editing of historical texts. Slavery and the slave trade Maritime history Australian history Caribbean history Undergraduate Programmes Module convenor Migration and the Settler World, 1600-1914 (Yr 1) Australia and the Modern World, 1788-2000 (Yr 2)The British Maritime World, 1660-1815 (Yr 3) Administration Exam Coordinator
Dr Hannah Whittaker Dr Hannah Whittaker
Email Dr Hannah Whittaker Senior Lecturer in Modern African History
I am an historian of modern Africa. My research is mainly focused on issues relating to colonialism, borders, development and conflict. particularly in eastern Africa. Before joining Politics and History at Brunel in September 2013, I taught History at SOAS. I completed my PhD in African History at SOAS in 2011. My research explores issues relating to colonialism, development, borders and conflict in twentieth century Africa. I am curently working on two research projects. The first is a long-term history of frontier development in Africa. Taking the northern Kenyan borderland as a case study, the research details the connections between development, violence and state-building across the colonial and postcolonial periods. This research has received funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. The second project concerns public representations of empire in Britain, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. The project explores the ways that empire has been remembered, articulated and forgotten in public monuments across Britain and Africa. African history Kenya and Somalia Colonialism and decolonization Development Borders and frontiers Undergraduate Programmes Module convenor Africa and the World (Yr 1) Colonialism and Decolonization in Africa (Yr 2) Violence and Conflict in Eastern Africa (Yr 3)


PhD students

  • Mr Baskar Dasgupta
  • Mr Johannes Brooks

Our staff have obtained prestigious fellowships, such as a Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of European Global Studies at the University of Basel (Carrol), or a Visiting Fellowship of Mansfield College, Oxford (Dornan). Whittaker’s monograph Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Kenya (Brill) was a finalist for the African Studies Association’s Bethwell A. Ogot prize for best book on Eastern Africa. Furthermore, Carrol is Director of the French History Network as well as a member of the executive committee of the Society for the Study of French History. Dornan is on the History UK Steering Committee. Our staff have also appeared on BBC1 ‘Heir Hunters, on Russia Today’s ‘Crosstalk’, or on Russian Federation State TV.