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Manuela Williams


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students


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Personal profile

Personal Statement

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 Associate Dean for Postgraduate Taught courses in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

I am the Course Director of the MSc in Historical Studies.

I am Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I was awarded the Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award 2015.

Teaching Interests


  • 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
  • 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
  • Sources, Skills 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

Postgraduate supervision

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. (2009-2013 - completed)

Sharlene McLaggan, ‘“Be Like Dad Keep Mum”: The Development of Propaganda Targeting British Women from the First World War to the Second Wold War’, Ph.D.

Ben Quail, ‘The Great Society and War: The Propaganda of Lyndon B Johnson’s Presidency’, Ph.D.

Alessandra Magrin, ‘The Buffalo Bill Wild West tours of Italy in the 1890s and 1900s’, 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

Grants and awards

QAA Scotland - Student Transition (2015)

The Carnegie Trust Research Grant (2007)

British Academy Small Research Grant (2006)

British Academy Small Research Grant (2003)


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