Dr Tom Cordiner

Tom Cordiner, M.A., M.A., (Columbia), M.Phil., Ph.D.

I teach extensively for Queens', other colleges, and in the Faculty of History for various papers, especially Part I, Paper 6 (British political history since 1880) and Part I, Paper 11 (British social and economic history since c.1880). Within Queens’, I assist Dr Thompson with our college teaching for the compulsory "Historical Argument and Practice Paper".
More specifically, I research and teach across most aspects of the political, cultural and intellectual history of Britain and the British Empire c.1900 to the present. Generally my work focuses on the period since 1945 and, while broadly "political" in character, particular interests include race, immigration, and religion.
My research is principally in modern British history, though much of my work over several years has been concerned with Israel/Palestine and various aspects of Jewish/Middle East history. I am also interested in the history of cities in comparative perspective.
In addition to Part I teaching, I have previously supervised and examined a large number of theses on modern British and Jewish/Middle East history topics. I am also available to supervise M.Phil. dissertations, including for the new M.Phil. in Modern British History, as well as the M.St. in History.
Personal interests
At Queens', I work with the (elected student) President of the college history society, the Erasmus Society, to bring interesting speakers to Queens' and to organise various social events for historians. Beyond Cambridge, I am an Associate of the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism at the University of London; the Institute's work emphasizes that the study of antisemitism is vital to understanding racism, religious intolerance and xenophobia more broadly.
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