Christopher Kowol

Christopher Kowol


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Personal profile

Research interests


I joined King’s in 2018 as an Early Career Development Fellow in Modern British History having spent three years working as a lecturer in History at Christ Church and St. John’s College (Oxford) and before this as a postdoctoral researcher at Teesside University.

I received my BA (Politics) and MA (Modern History) from Durham University and my DPhil (Politics) from the University of Oxford. During my doctorate I was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Outside of academia I have undertaken historically informed research for a number of think-tanks and policy institutes. I have also worked in political consultancy and campaigning in both the UK and US.

Research Interests

  • Modern British history
  • Political thought and culture, especially Conservatism
  • Emotions and politics
  • Methods in political history
  • The Second World War

My work focuses on the interaction between political thought and political culture in twentieth century Britain. My research—which draws on intellectual, cultural, and emotional history—seeks to both reinterpret the history of modern Britain as well as to rethink our political present. I am currently completing my first monograph on British Conservatism during the Second World War as well as beginning a research project on letters written to defeated political leaders in Britain, Europe, and the USA and the role of grief and loss in politics.

I am also interested in the legacy of the Second World War in Britain, transnational political thought, political radicalism, and the history of emotions.


At undergraduate levels I teach various modules on modern British history, the history of warfare, and historical methods. From 2019 I will also be teaching a new special subject on the Second World War and its legacy on British politics and culture.

At postgraduate level I teach a specialist course on historical approaches and contribute to a number of courses on twentieth century Britain.

Expertise and Engagement

I have undertaken numerous pieces of historically informed policy research, for among others; the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), and the Union of European Federalists. I have also appeared on BBC Radio and written for The National Trust.

I am currently an associate fellow of the think tank Bright Blue and Historian in Residence at the leadership development consultancy, The Corporate Theatre.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Politics, Doctor of Letters, The Lost World of British Conservatism, 1939-1951, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Mar 2014


  • JC Political theory
  • D731 World War II
  • D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
  • DAW Central Europe


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