The History Department at the University of Sunderland has achieved high ratings for both teaching and research. Our interests include the Early Modern period, twentieth century European and American history and the history of coal mining in North East England.

Early Modern: our staff have contributed to debates about the early modern period including: crime and disorder; cultural and intellectual exchanges between England and France; banishment in the British Atlantic; and English regional identities.

Coal Mining: we host the North East England Mining Archive and Research Centre (NEEMARC), which provides a unique source of documentary records.

European and American history: we have focused on race and immigration as well as the history of ideas.

Examples of research initiatives:

  • Hosting a symposium of the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)
  • Securing funding for a conference/seminar series from the Institute for the Study of the Americas
  • Appearing on Radio 4’s ‘Moral Maze’ programme to discuss the history of euthanasia
  • Setting up the North East Early Modern Reading Group