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I joined Strathclyde in September 2002. My research and teaching interests lie in the field of international history, and in particular the history of the Middle East (the interwar period, the history of the mandates, Arab nationalism and the emergence of nation states, pan-Arabism and post war conflicts), propaganda and political communication, twentieth century Europe (Italian Fascism and post-war European political history), widening access in higher education. I currently lead a project that investigates widening access students' transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies.
I am Director of Teaching in the School of Humanities
I am Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
I was awarded the Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award 2015.
I am a member of the steering committee of HistoryUK.
- Modern Europe
- Propaganda and War in the Twentieth Century
- Conflict in the Middle East 1900-1973
- Living under a Dictator: Politics and Society in Fascist Italy
- History Work Placement
- The Scramble for the Middle East: Arab Nationalism, Zionism and European Colonial Powers, 1914-1939
- The Power of Persuasion: Media, Propaganda and the State during 20th-Century Conflicts
- Nationalism and nation-states in the Arab Middle East: 1900-1945
- Transatlantic Influences: The US and Europe after 1958
- Work Placement in History
- Research Skills, Sources and Methods for Historians
Expertise & Capabilities
- The political history of the Middle East
- The history of propaganda and information
- Twentieth-century Europe
- Widening Access in Higher Education
- Employability in Higher Education
I welcome postgraduate applications in any areas of 20th Century history of the Middle East, history of propaganda and 19th and 20th century Italian history.
I have supervised, and currently supervise
Gianluca Fantoni, ‘Red Screens: the cinematographic and television production of the Italian Communist Party’, Ph.D. (completed)
Ben Quail, ‘The Great Society and War: The Propaganda of Lyndon B Johnson’s Presidency’, Ph.D. (completed)
Alessandra Magrin, ‘The Buffalo Bill Wild West tours of Italy in the 1890s and 1900s’, Ph.D. (completed)
Ewan Hearns, 'Narrative Dissonance and the Prevention of Peace: How conflicting narratives amongst the Zionists and the Palestinians surrounding the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948, hindered the success of future peace processes in the region', Ph.D.
Rebecca Lupton, 'Japan's decision to join the Axis Powers and the possibility that World War II began in the Far East', MRes
Gabriella Gillies, ‘"I could not serve a government in whose policy I did not believe". Gertrude Bell, Zionism and the Foreign Office', MRes (completed)
Grants and awards
QAA Scotland - Resilient Learning Communities Enhancement Theme (2021)
QAA Scotland - Student Transition Enhancement Theme (2015)
The Carnegie Trust Research Grant (2007)
British Academy Small Research Grant (2006)
British Academy Small Research Grant (2003)
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External Examiner, Bishop Grosseteste University
1 Sept 2023 → 31 Aug 2027
External Assessor for BA in History revalidation and MA in History approval, University of Suffolk
1 Jun 2021 → 1 Jul 2021
External Examiner BA History and BA History with International Relations, University of South Wales
1 Sept 2019 → 31 Oct 2023
External Assessor BA History, Manchester Metropolitan University
1 Jun 2019 → 1 Jul 2019
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1/12/22 → 6/06/24
Project: Non-funded project
Williams, M., 15 Jul 2022
Research output: Other contributionOpen Access
Pringle, Y., Barker, S., Holland, S., Laqua, D., Sennis, A., Tingle, E., Williams, M., Wood, J., Brown, G. & Harvie, D., 24 Jun 2022, 30 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
QAA Scotland’s 5th International Enhancement Conference ‘Shaping the Student Experience Together: 20 Years of Enhancement’
Manuela Williams (Speaker)14 Jun 2023
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference