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I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - British Political History after 1918, including the Thatcher Era - Britain and the Cold War - British Political History and Northern Ireland


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Paul Corthorn studied at the universities of Cambridge and Durham. Before coming to Queen’s in 2006, he held lectureships at Anglia Ruskin, Liverpool and Oxford universities. He is joint editor of the Labour History Review and an Associate of the Cold War Studies Programme at the London School of Economics. In 2009 he won a QUB ‘Rising Stars’ Teaching Award. In 2012 he was a By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge. In 2015 he organised an international conference at Queen's on 'Socialism and the Cold War in Western Europe'.


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Research Statement

Paul Corthorn's research is concerned with twentieth-century British history, especially its international dimensions. He has worked extensively on the political Left and on various aspects of the Cold War in Britain. His most recent book – a thematic study of the politics and ideas of the Conservative and Ulster Unionist MP, Enoch Powell – was published by Oxford University Press. He was Co-Investigator of the Leverhulme-funded project 'The Politics of Consumer Credit in the UK, 1938-1992', directed by Professor Sean O'Connell.


Dr Paul Corthorn teaches on the following programmes / modules:


HIS2019The Making of Modern Britain
HIS2018 The Making of Contemporary Britain
HIS3042 Britain and the Cold War


MHY7079Topics in British History

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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