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Department of History and Politics


Welcome to the Department of History and Politics at Liverpool Hope. On our welcoming corridor you will find a diverse, successful and growing community of students, researchers and lecturers. 

We offer a variety of courses and each one places the student at the heart of the subject. Students receive the dedicated one-to-one academic and pastoral support which can be lacking in some larger institutions.  


National Student Survey 2017


The National Student Survey ( asks final year students at every publicly funded Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UK to rate their experience by stating to what extent they agree with a set of core questions across a number of categories.


In this year’s results:


  • 92.31% of students were satisfied overall with History at Liverpool Hope University
  • 92.86% of students were satisfied overall with Politics at Liverpool Hope University


We are proud of our record in attracting high calibre students onto three core and several joint honours undergraduate programmes and two Masters programmes, while academic members of the department supervise cutting-edge PhD research. Graduates enjoy very good career prospects in a variety of fields.

Our research combines disciplinary breadth and geopolitical scope. Staff publish their work in single and co-authored books and academic journals, and present papers at conferences nationally and internationally. Our areas of interest in history include: Modern British and Irish history; Food history; Witchcraft in early modern England and America; Women’s History in the 19th and 20th centuries; Fascism; The Stuart court, 1600s; Capital punishment; Soviet history. Research in Politics and International Relations includes: Power and party politics in UK; American and EU politics; Political and economic crisis; Peace and peace building and NGOs media and democracy in Latin America. The department hosts regular conferences and research seminars, attended by students and staff alike.

If you are thinking of studying History, Politics and/or International Relations at undergraduate or postgraduate level, Liverpool Hope - ranked 4th in the North West for Research Intensity in REF2014 by the Times Higher Education - is for you.

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Department Staff
Sonja Tiernan

Dr Sonja Tiernan

Head of Department and Associate Professor of Modern History

Karen Quinn

Mrs Karen Quinn

Administrative Assistant

0011 Dr John Appleby

Dr John Appleby

Senior Lecturer in History

Dimitrios Anagnostakis

Dr Dimitrios Anagnostakis

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow In Politics and International Relations

0039 Dr Robert Busby

Dr Rob Busby

Senior Lecturer In Politics

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Dr Ruth Canning

Lecturer in History

0073 Dr Bryce Evans

Dr Bryce Evans

Associate Professor in Modern History

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Dr Michael Holmes

Senior Lecturer In Politics

0119 Prof Bill Jones

Professor Bill Jones

Honorary Senior Research Fellow in British Politics.

Stephen Kelly

Dr Stephen Kelly

Senior Lecturer in Modern History

Catalina Montoya Londono

Dr Catalina Montoya Londono

Lecturer in International Relations

0190 Dr Fiona Pogson

Dr Fiona Pogson

Senior Lecturer In History

Kate Mattocks

Dr Kate Mattocks

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow In Politics and International Relations

Dr Stephen Mcloughlin

Dr Stephen McLoughlin

Lecturer in International Relations

Dr Danny Rye

Dr Danny Rye

Lecturer in Politics

Dr David Fleming

Dr David Fleming

Professor of Public History


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Sapphists and Sexologists Sonja Tiernan‌‌     Political Parties and the Concept of Power: A Theoretical Framework     Framing Event Driven News‌  A Failed Political Entity‌  A Conservative At Heart