Graduate students

Working with people preparing graduate dissertations is one of the most rewarding aspects of academic life. I have supervised and examined master’s theses at Oxford and King’s College London for many years. Since 2010 I have taught a Special Subject for Oxford’s Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies, which includes dissertation supervision, and supervise theses on the Master of Studies in Historical Studies offered by Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education. I have supervised doctoral theses for King’s College London and Oxford Brookes University, and acted as examiner for a number of completed doctorates.

Doctoral theses examined:

Christian John Makgala, ‘The Policy of Indirect Rule in the Bechuanaland Protectorate, 1926-1957’ (Cambridge, 2001)

David Macri, ‘Hong Kong in the Sino-Japanese War: The Logistics of Collective Security, 1935-1941’ (Hong Kong University, 2011)

Dan Spence, ‘Imperialism and Identity in British Colonial Naval Culture, 1930s to Decolonization’ (Sheffield Hallam, 2012)

Matthew Carnell, ‘India from Colony to Nation-State: A Re-reading of India’s Foreign Policy in South-east Asia, c. 1945-1955’ (Sheffield, 2012)

Oliver Coates, ‘A Social History of Military Service in South-Western Nigeria, 1939-1955’ (Cambridge, 2013)

Judson Alphin, ‘The Early Military Thought of Winston Churchill’ (Oxford, 2015)

Jacob Stoil, ‘“Friends” and “Patriots”: A Comparative Study of Indigenous Force Cooperation in the Second World War’ (Oxford, 2015)

Mark Baillie, ‘British Cabinet-Level Policy on the Malayan Emergency: An Enquiry into the Reasons for the Decisions’ (King’s College London, 2016)

Oliver Tembo, ‘Zambia during the Second World War’ (University of the Free State, 2016)

Rachel Chin, ‘Between Policy Making and the Public Sphere: The Role of Rhetoric in Anglo-French Imperial Relation, 1940-1945’ (Exeter, 2016)

Mark Frost, ‘Preparation is Key: The Effect of the Pre-War Years on Senior Command of the British Army of the Second World War: A Social, Cultural, and Institutional Study’, (King’s College London, 2018)

James Fargher, ‘Steam, Cannons, and Wires: The Royal Navy and British Imperial Expansion in North-east Africa’, (King’s College London, 2018)

Marios Siammas, ‘Cyprus and the Cyprus Regiment in the Second World War’, (King’s College London, 2019).

Masters by research theses examined:

Richard Baker, ‘Keijo Prisoner of War Camp and Japanese POW Propaganda, 1942-1954’, MA by Research in History (University of Kent, 2018)

Completed PhD students:

Nathan Kwan, ‘”Designs against a Common Foe”‘: Suppressing Piracy in South China, 1841-1899’ (King’s College London-Hong Kong University Joint PhD Programme, 2020) Primary supervisor (with Professor John Carroll, HKU).

Alex Wilson, ‘The Indian Army in Africa and the Mediterranean, 1939-1945’ (King’s College London, 2018) Primary supervisor (with Professor Brian Holden Reid)

Francis Grice, ‘The Insurgent Myth of Mao: A Critical Reappraisal of the Chinese Guerrilla Legend’ (King’s College London, 2014). Primary supervisor

Stephen Massie, ‘The Imperialism of Cecil John Rhodes: Metropolitan Perceptions of a Colonial Reputation’ (Oxford Brookes University, 2016) Secondary supervisor

Current PhD students:

Nick Barley, ‘Observations and Analysis of the Challenges of Implementing UK “Upstream” Capacity Building in Africa’ (King’s College London). Primary supervisor.

Rachel Way, ‘Encounters with Empire, 1939-1945’, (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award King’s College London-Imperial War Museums). Primary supervisor (with Alan Jeffreys, IWM).

Dennis Vincent, ‘Hero to Zero: An Evaluation of the Leadership of General Sir Alan Cunningham during His African Campaigns of 1941’ (King’s College London). Primary supervisor.

Dan Lear, ‘A Comparative Analysis of the Differing Political Military Command Approaches Undertaken by New Zealand and Australia in the Mediterranean/North Africa Theatre of War, 1940-43’, (King’s College London). Primary supervisor.