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Professor Bryce Evans

History and Politics
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Chair in Modern World History at Liverpool Hope University, I'm also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Churchill Lifetime Fellow, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In building an international academic profile, I have held research fellowships and scholarships at various academic institutions including: The University of Miami, Georgia State University, West Virginia University, The University of Delaware, The Science History Institute of Philadelphia, The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Winterthur Museum and Library, Hagley Museum and Library, The Canadian National Archives, University College Dublin, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, amongst others.   

I keep a research blog at and welcome visits and comments. As this website outlines, my two principal research interests are the history of food and modern British and Irish history. 


I carry out many media and public engagement activities, which are outlined on my blog and @drbryceevans on Twitter.

Recently, I've been interviewed by the Washington Post about the history of US 'Election Cake' The BBC got a slice of the action too:

In terms of 'impact', I have brought my research on food poverty to good use via a community kitchen I help run locally; nationally, I've carried out advocacy roles on food poverty with several bodies including the UK Parliament. I've also appeared across the broadcast and print media. An example of my outreach work with the BBC can be found here:

I have written for a number of popular publications including The Big Issue and The Guardian. Drawing on my experience of radio and television appearances, I'm currently working on a documentary series for local television. I regularly review history books for the Irish Times; an example can be found here: A full list of media dates is accessible here


I am External Examiner for History at Ulster University.

I sit on the University Senate and am Director of the University's European institute.

In 2021 I was appointed Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy / Advance HE (SFHEA). In 2016 I was the proud recipient of the Teaching Award for Innovation at Liverpool Hope, which is student-nominatedI teach across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in History at Hope and lead two courses at MA and two at UG. I also head up research / REF for the Department of History and Politics, and contribute to teaching on International Relations. I've been active in building two of Liverpool Hope University's research centres (the Tutu Centre and the Irish Studies research group) attracting external funding, and bringing innovative practice to learning and teaching. 


I have an outstanding track record of attracting and managing substantial external funding. For a full list of external funders and funding awards:

Funders include (among others) the Wellcome Trust; AHRC; HEFCE; the Royal Historical Society; the Economic History Society; the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust; and the Guinness Trust. 


I have held a number of research scholarships and am a member of several professional organisations. I review for a number of academic publishers and publications including Manchester University Press and Irish Historical Studies.

A full list is available at and here


I am the author of various articles and books. 'My Food and Aviation in the Twentieth Century' was the first academic history of food and aviation, praised by The Telegraph as 'fascinating', 'wonderful' (Tatler), and 'scholarly yet fun' (Forbes). Sean Lemass: Democratic Dictator (2011), a critical reappraisal of the popular former Irish Prime Minister credited with modernising Ireland in the latter twentieth century, was heralded as a breakthrough text in modern Irish historiography, the Irish Times calling it a welcome addition to the canon, and the Irish Independent claiming 'it washes all other biographies of Lemass into the sea'. In 2014 my Ireland during the Second World War: Farewell to Plato's Cave was published, a comparative economic and social history of the Second World War described as 'fascinating' (Robert Fisk), 'captivating' (Dermot Bolger), and 'important' (Irish Times). A full list of reviews of my work can be found here and of publications here