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Research Interests


I am a lecturer in contemporary British history and joined Queen's in Jan 2015 having previously been at the University of Birmingham and the Open University. My research interests include race, immigration, the New Left, cultural studies, urban history, prostitution and photography.  I have published in Social HistoryHistory Workshop Journal and Patterns of Prejudice.  I am the co-editor of Cultural Studies 50 Years On (2016) and my first monograph - Black Handsworth: race in 1980s Britain - was published by the University of California Press in 2019.  My work has regularly been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, while in 2019-2020 I was the recipipient of a Fulbright award that allowed me to conduct research in the USA. 


Dr Kieran Connell teaches on the following programmes: 

HIS2018 The Making of Contemporary Britain

HIS2055 History and Society

HIS3119 'There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack': race and immigration in post-war Britain

MHY7079 From Blitz to Blair: exploring post-war Britain

MHY7035 Debates in History

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Projects 2016 2016

Research Output 2012 2019

  • 7 Article
  • 4 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 3 Book
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Black Handsworth: Race in 1980s Britain

Connell, K., 2019, Berkeley : University of California Press. 216 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

In the Hands of Many? The Politics of Community Photography in Birmingham

Connell, K., 2019, Photography for Whom?. Vol. 1. p. 35-54

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

PROS: The Programme for the Reform of the Law on Soliciting, 1976–1982

Connell, K., 30 Oct 2019, In : Twentieth Century British History. 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sex Workers

Book Review: Black London: The Imperial Metropolis and Decolonization in the Twentieth Century

Connell, K., 20 Sep 2017, In : cultural and social history.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

South Asia
cultural studies

Activities 2014 2019

ECR media workshop

Kieran Connell (Organiser)
13 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Urban History Conference

Kieran Connell (Chair)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Contemporary British History (Journal)

Kieran Connell (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Mugging: a case study in communication

Kieran Connell (Invited speaker)
02 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Social History Society Annual Conference

Kieran Connell (Chair)
11 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Janet Mendelsohn: Varna Rd

Kieran Connell


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

The Ebbs and Flows of Multicultural Britain

Kieran Connell


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

A Very British History: the first black Brummies

Kieran Connell


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Photographing Vice on the Varna Road

Kieran Connell


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Stark Images of Birmingham's Red Light District Go On Show

Kieran Connell


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Past, present and future: connecting communities with shared histories

Kieran Connell (Participant), Matthew Hilton (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact