Modern World History

International History Research Cluster

Historians in this cluster research empire (in all its forms), and its long-term consequences in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Spokesperson: Dr Anna Cant

Keywords: empire, imperialism, colonisation, slavery, settler colonialism, nationalism, race, intersectionality, decolonisation, postcolonialism, development, violence, ethnic conflict

Faculty Members


Dr Roham Alvandi
Associate Professor

Research interests:
Iran; Modern Middle East; Cold War

Professor Marc David Baer

Professor Marc David Baer
Professor of International History

Research interests:
Early Modern and Modern Europe and Middle East; Ottoman Empire,Turkey; Germany

Dr Antony Best

Professor Antony Best
Professor of International History

Research interests:
Modern East Asian History; Modern Japan

Anna Cant

Dr Anna Cant
Assistant Professor

Research interests:
Mass communication; Modern Latin American History; Rural Development


Dr Anton Harder
LSE Teaching Fellow

Research interests:
International History; Chinese History; Indian History; Sino-Indian Relations; Cold War


Dr Tanya Harmer
Associate Professor

Research interests:
Latin America; Cold War


Dr Joanna Lewis
Associate Professor

Research interests:
Modern African History


Dr David Motadel
Associate Professor

Research interests:
Modern Europe; Europe’s Relations with the Wider World


Dr Jake Subryan Richards
Assistant Professor

Research interests:
African Diaspora, Legal History, West Africa, Latin America, Caribbean


Dr Kirsten E. Schulze
Associate Professor

Research interests:
Arab-Israeli Conflict; Indonesian History; Militant Islam; Ethnic and Communal Conflict; Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Southeast Asia


Dr Taylor C. Sherman
Associate Professor

Research interests:
Modern South Asian History

PhD Students







  • 20 March 2018: Dr Jack Hogan, Northern Rhodesia in the Early Twentieth Century: "Of Deviants and District Commissioners: The Difficult Adolescence of a Settler Colony" (paper presentation).
  • 15 March 2018: Dr Taylor C. Sherman, "Nehru's India: Seven Myths" (paper presentation).

Selected publications

Research grants

Professor Marc David Baer, 2018-19: Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship Award

This award will allow Professor Baer, a scholar of the connected histories of Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Europe and Middle East, from the early modern era to the modern, to complete his work on the project “Guided by Goethe: German-Jewish Gay Muslim Writer Hugo Marcus, 1880-1966”. German Jew Hugo Marcus (1880-1966) is the only man to have played an important role in the world’s first gay rights movement and in establishing Islam in Europe. His life and work shed new light on the history of Islam in Europe, Muslim-Jewish relations, and the gay rights struggle. Despite his significance, Marcus is relatively unknown. What is published about him does not incorporate his being German, Jewish, Muslim, and gay. Professor Baer plans to utilise his twelve-month Leverhulme Research Fellowship to write the first biography of Marcus, based on his German-language publications, speeches, private correspondence, and personal documents.

Dr Joanna Lewis, 2018-19: Award winner of IGA-Rockefeller Grant

Dr Joanna Lewis was awarded an LSE Institute of Global Affairs-Rockefeller Grant for two years to lead a project on Somalia, entitled “‘Pathways to Resilience’: The Role of an Urban Diaspora in Post-Conflict Reconstruction, London and Hargeisa, 1991 to the Present Day.” The project will be based at the Firoz Lalji LSE Centre for Africa.

 Dr David Motadel, 2018-19: Philip Leverhulme Prize Winner

Dr Ronald C. Po, 2017: LSE Santander Travel Research Fund

Dr Po was awarded a LSE Santander Travel Research Fund in December 2016 to visit universities in Hong Kong and South Korea, from late June to July 2017, where he  gave talks and seminars. He also conducted archival research to develop his new project, entitled “A Global History of Camphor: From an Oleoresin to a Commodity", and attend two international conferences, namely the AAS-in-Asia Conference (in Seoul) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) in Chingmai. Both highly regarded in the field of Asian studies.