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PhD projects

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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Personal profile


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. He is writing a book that thematically examines the politics and ideas of the Conservative and Ulster Unionist MP, Enoch Powell, to be 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

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Projects 2008 2011

Research Output 2002 2019

Enoch Powell: Politics and Ideas in Modern Britain

Corthorn, P., 01 Aug 2019, (Accepted) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Enoch Powell, Julian Amery and Debates over Britain's World Role after 1945

Corthorn, P., 13 May 2019, The Lives and Afterlives of Enoch Powell: The Undying Political Animal. Esteves, O. & Porion, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 113-125 13 p. (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right).

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

The Politics of Consumer Credit in the UK, 1938-1992

Corthorn, P. & O'Connell, S., 13 Sep 2018, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 253 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

2 Citations (Scopus)

Cold War Politics in Britain and the Contested Legacy of the Spanish Civil War

Corthorn, P., Oct 2014, In : European History Quarterly. 44, 4, p. 678-702 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Spanish Civil War
cold war
civil war

'Enoch Powell and the Cold War'

Corthorn, P., 29 Aug 2013

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

Activities 2001 2019

Paper at the British Scholar 'Britain and the World' conference in Kansas City, Missouri (USA)

Paul Corthorn (Speaker)
11 Apr 201913 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Public Lecture at the Université François Rabelais, Tours

Paul Corthorn (Invited speaker)
12 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Public Lecture to the NUI Galway History Society (An Cumann Staire)

Paul Corthorn (Invited speaker)
20 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

External Examiner for University of Essex PGT programme in History

Paul Corthorn (Examiner)
01 May 201831 Dec 2021

Activity: Examination typesPGT external examination

External Examiner for Newcastle University PhD

Paul Corthorn (Examiner)
06 Feb 2018

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Press / Media

30-minute interview on NVTV's 'History Now' about Enoch Powell

Paul Corthorn


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities