Welcome to the School of History

With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

For a full list staff and their areas of expertise please click here. Students are encouraged over a four year course to explore their interests before focussing in the final two years on specialist pathways. For our range of Undergraduate course please see here. We also offer a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level from Environmental History to the History of the Book. For the full range of our programmes see here.


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Dr. Natasha Hodgson, 2015 Bullough Fellow

The 2015-16 Bullough Fellow is Dr Natasha Hodgson from Nottingham Trent University

Dr Hodgson is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Nottingham Trent University where she is developing a Centre for the study of Religion and Conflict in Medieval and Early Modern Societies. Her research centres on the crusades from the eleventh to fifteenth centuries and incorporates settler societies in Iberia, the Baltic, and the Latin East. She has a particular interest in gender, social history and historical writing. Her Phd (Hull, 2006) was published by Boydell as Women, Crusading and the Holy Land in Historical Narrative in 2007.  After working on two AHRC funded Domesday projects (Hull Electronic Domesday and PASE Cambridge), she returned to crusader studies and has since written on diverse topics such as Norman identity, Cilician Armenia, bestial imagery, honour and shame, and crusading masculinities. She is also the editor of the new Palgrave series Themes in Medieval and Early Modern History.

Dr Hodgson is in St Andrews for Semester 1 of the academic year and will be working on an essay for the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Crusades and a new monograph for Palgrave Macmillan entitled Gender and the Crusades.



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Mediaeval Studies
Mon, 12 October
Dr Natasha Hodgson (Nottingham Trent)
Souls at the Crossroads: Crusading Ideals and Medieval Masculinities
5.00 pm, Old Class Library, St John's House

Postgraduate Forum (EMMH)
Mon, 12 October
Richard Daglish
Research Methodologies: Doing Oral History
Darren Layne
Digital Humanities and the Historian
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Postgraduate Forum (Mediaeval History)
Wed, 14 October
Kenneth Goudie
The Exemplary Mujāhid: Ibn 'Asākir and the biographical tradition of Ibn al-Mubārak
5.00 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Institute of Intellectual History (jointly convened with the Reformation Studies Institute)
Thurs, 15 October
Jenny McNutt (Wheaton)
A Persecuted Bible for a Persecuted People: The French Bible in Early-Modern Francophone Europe
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John’s House

Postgraduate Skills Training
Thurs, 15 October
Dr Bridget Heal and Dr Stephen Tyre
PhD (from 2nd year) Tutoring: Surgery Hour for PGR tutors
10.00 am, Old Class Library, St John's House

Modern History
Mon, 19 October

Emma Hunter (Edinburgh)
'Concepts of Democracy in Mid-Twentieth-Century Africa: Re-Imagining Political Accountability from the Bottom Up'
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room

Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 22 October
Ms Amy Eberlin (St Andrews)
The Place of Flemish Trade in Fifteenth-Century Scottish Politics’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

For full information about the seminar programme please click here