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Dr Mark Donnelly

Associate Professor - History
Course Lead - History

Dr Mark Donnelly

About Research

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Dr Mark Donnelly is Associate Professor in History. He is Course Lead for BA History and MA Public History. He is also co-director of the Centre for History and Public Pasts. He teaches undergraduate modules on contemporary cultural and political history, history theory, public history, collective memory, and the 1960s. He has supervised numerous PhD students through to successful completion.

Mark's recent books include Liberating Histories (2019) and a revised second edition of Doing History (2021). Both of these were co-authored with Claire Norton. His edited collection Mad Dogs and Englishness: Popular Music and English Identities was published by Bloomsbury in 2017. He also published Sixties Britain: Culture, Society and Politics in 2005.

He has published numerous articles and essays. He is currently co-writing an article for a special edition of Rethinking History on the influence of Martin Davies’s ideas. He is also working on a series of essays about London’s public histories and collective memories. As part of Humanities at St Mary’s, Mark is helping to organise a conference on popular music and wellbeing for 2023.

Mark welcomes applications for potential PhD supervision in the fields of philosophy of history, collective memory and contemporary British culture, politics and history.


Research profile


  • Liberating Histories (co-authored with Claire Norton) Abingdon: Routledge, 2019
  • Mad Dogs and Englishness: Popular Music and English Identities (co-edited with Richard Mills and Lee Brooks) New York: Bloomsbury, 2017
  • Doing History (co-authored with Claire Norton) Abingdon: Routledge 2011
  • Revised second edition published 2021
  • Sixties Britain: Culture, Society and Politics, Harlow: Longman, Pearson, 2005
  • Britain in the Second World War, London, Routledge, 1999

Recent peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in edited books

  • ‘Tales of im/mobility: Unhistorying Migration’, in Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen (ed.) Philosophy of History: Twenty-First Century Perspectives, (London: Bloomsbury, 2020) co-authored with Claire Norton
  • ‘Can counter histories disturb the present? REPOhistory’s street signs projects, 1992-1999' Art History and Criticism (2019)
  • Border crossings, refugees and the “war on terror”: Michael Winterbottom’s “state of exception” films. Rethinking History (forthcoming 2019)
  • ‘Public History in Britain’ in Paul Ashton and Alex Trapeznik (eds) What Is Public History Globally? Working with the Past in the Present, London: Bloomsbury Academic (2019)
  • ‘Introduction: Englishness, Whose Englishness?’, (co-author Lee Brooks), ‘Mad Dogs and Englishness’: Popular Music and English Identities, Lee Brooks, Mark Donnelly and Richard Mills (eds) (New York: Bloomsbury, 2017)
  • Mark Donnelly and Claire Norton (2015): In the Service of Technocratic Managerialism? History in UK Universities, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-13, DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1104232, Published online: 10 Nov 2015.
  • Claire Norton and Mark Donnelly, "Thinking the past politically: Palestine, power and pedagogy", Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice, 20/2, 2016, 192-216, DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2016.1153307.
  • ‘The siege, the book and the film: Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)’, in Alex Macfie (ed) The Fiction of History, Abingdon: Routledge, 2014
  • ‘Sixties Britain: The Cultural Politics of Historiography’, in Molly O’Brien Castro and Trevor Harris (eds) Preserving The Sixties, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014
  • ‘Should We Do Something for the Fiftieth?’ Remembering Auschwitz, Belsen and the Holocaust in Britain in 1995’, in Caroline Sharples (ed.) Britain and the Holocaust: Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013
  • Wholly Communion: truths, histories and the Albert Hall Poetry Reading’, Framework, 52/1&2, 2011

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