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Paul Corthorn’s research is concerned with twentieth-century British history, especially its political and international dimensions. He has worked extensively on the politics of the 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 is joint editor of the Labour History Review.

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Dr Corthorn is 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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  • Contributor to the LSE IDEAS Blog and the openDemocracy website.

  • Policy Paper for History and Policy entitled ‘Governments and “Soft Power” in International Affairs:

    Britain and the Boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics’, August 2013.

  • Interviews for BBC radio Ulster


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Society for the Study of Labour History

Labour History Review


Research students

PhD Title: The Reception of Enoch Powell in Northern Ireland, 1968-1998

Name: Paul Lundy
Years of Study: 2015 to present
Country: UK

PhD Title: Anti-Communism in Great Britain and the United States during the Early Cold War, 1945-56

Name: Matt Gerth
Years of Study: 2017 to present
Country: USA

PhD Title: Red Scare: Anti-Communism and the Labour Party in Twentieth-Century Britain

Name: Conor McFall
Years of Study: 2017 to present
Country: UK

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Stephen Goss

PhD Title: Northern Ireland and the Cold War, 1945 to c. 1972

Years of Study: 2010-2014
Country: UK

Morris Brodie

PhD Title: Transatlantic Anarchism during the Spanish Civil War and Revolution, 1936-1939

Years of Study: 2014-2018
Country: UK

Jonathan Best

PhD Title: Fiction from Fact: The British Spy Novel and British intelligence, 1894-1963

Years of Study: 2014-2018
Country: UK

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