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  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of History
  • Faculty of S&HS

Michael joined UCL in 2007 as lecturer in modern British and imperial history after studying at Oxford, Cambridge and the LSE.

Research Summary

Michael's research is on decolonisation: the end of the European empires in the twentieth century, especially the British one. His first book was on Rabindranath Tagore in the context of imperialism, anti-colonial nationalism and the British-Indian relationship. His second book (under contract with I. B. Tauris), is entitled Decolonization and Globalization Since 1945. It offers a historiographical analysis of the ways in which the end of the European empires intersected with the growth of international institutions, norms and networks. In addition, Michael is working on the history of British experiments with federations, notably in central and east Africa in the 1950s. His recent journal article Decolonisation and the Federal Moment sketches some of the parameters of this project.

Teaching Summary

Michael's undergraduate teaching covers aspects of modern British, imperial and international history over roughly the last 100 years. He teaches courses on British imperialism and decolonisation and a course on London as an imperial and 'global' city in the twentieth century. His graduate teaching mainly looks at decolonization and British politics since 1945. Michael has a group of PhD students working on decolonization and welcomes applications from students wishing to study for a PhD in this area.

Academic Background
2009 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Modern History University of Oxford
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