The Faculty of History at NCH is a strong cohort of research-active historians, who are dedicated both to historical scholarship and to creating a nurturing and intellectually enriching environment for students studying History as a Major or Minor at undergraduate level and for the MA in Historical Research and Public History.
History Faculty research
The faculty’s research specialisms cover a wide range of periods, areas and methodological approaches. Between us we work on the historical anthropology of medieval feasting and gift-giving, gender and diplomatic history of early-modern Europe, the black civil rights movement in New Deal America, and modern British and European political thought.
How we teach
Teaching at NCH is research-led. We have designed the History major degree to provide a survey course, a theory course, and a broad thematic course, accompanied by a choice of six period-specific, source-based courses that draw on our specialisms.
History Faculty Life
The history faculty has an active social and academic life and many opportunities to get involved. Our Wednesday series of seminars feature presentations by visiting academics, former and current students and members of the faculty. They provide students with opportunities to learn about new developments in the discipline, share their own findings and get to know other members of the wider NCH history family.
Hear from our academics
'Studying history is endlessly fascinating. It is an opportunity to study not just the history of present-day societies but also, much more excitingly, to come to realise the enormous variance of human experience. History removes the blinders and makes us understand that the way the world works now is not the only way, that the world has been different and that it will be again.
'When we study history we do not just learn about the past, but also about how we get to know about the past. As well as how we can share this knowledge more widely. Studying history at NCH involves a rigorous training in source criticism and the modern communication of history, besides learning about the past itself. Studying history then is not just great fun, but also provides an excellent background for work in a wide range of fields.'
Dr Lars Kjaer, BA (Aarhus), MPhil, PhD (Cantab), Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Medieval History