The EMC is made up by historians from nine participating institutions.

Meet some members of the EMC Steering Committee below. Committee members are listed alphabetically by surname.

Ross Balzaretti

Professor of Italian History, The University of Nottingham

I joined the Department of History at the University of Nottingham in 1990. My research and teaching are focused on Italy, and both draw on other disciplines. As a teacher, I have always advocated active learning, pioneering student-led assessed seminars at Nottingham. I also believe in the pedagogic value of fieldwork for History students, having co-led an annual field trip to Italy since 1995. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and sit on the steering committee of the East Midlands Centre for History Teaching and Learning.

Marcus Collins

Senior Lecturer in Cultural History, Loughborough University

I research permissiveness, popular culture, national identity, gender, sexuality, historiography and the experience of modernity in twentieth-century Britain. I teach historiography and British and European history since 1750 at undergraduate level and supervise postgraduate students in my specialisms of cultural history and contemporary British history. 

Sarah Holland

Assistant Professor, The University of Nottingham

My research and teaching are focused on British history during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a specific interest in the history of the countryside and rural health. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My pedagogical interests are varied, but I am particularly interested in the development of alternative and creative assessments in history degrees and student engagement through public history and community engagement initiatives.

Paul Jackson

Professor in the History of Radicalism and Extremism, University of Northampton

I teach and research the history of fascism and the extreme right. I am also the curator of the Searchlight Archive, one of the UK’s largest collections of material related to the recent history of extreme right groups. My most recent book is Pride in Prejudice: Understanding Britain’s Extreme Right (Manchester University Press, 2022). I am also co-lead of the University of Northampton’s Centre for the Advancement of Racial Equality (CARE).

Joe Merton

Lecturer in Twentieth Century History, The University of Nottingham

I am a historian of the post-1945 United States, particularly interested in the politics of race and ethnicity in the US, crime and urban politics (with specific focus on New York City), and the wider political and historical legacy of the 1970s. I am deeply interested in pedagogy and how students learn, and sit on the steering committee for the East Midlands Centre for History Teaching & Learning.

Ruth Larsen

Senior Lecturer in History, University of Derby

I am the programme leader for the undergraduate history programmes at the University of Derby. I was the convenor of the centre between 2017 and 2019 when it was hosted by Derby. I am especially interested in supporting undergraduate students to develop their distinct voice as historians, in pedagogies of engagement, and championing students as co-creators.

Caroline Nielsen

Senior Lecturer in History, and Heritage, University of Northampton

I am Senior Lecturer in History and Heritage and the BA History Programme Leader at the University of Northampton. My research areas is the history of health and disability, and also student and staff engagement in employability and work-related learning. I am especially interested in raising awareness of access and inclusivity considerations in History teaching, especially within the history of medicine and health. I am the convener of the East Midlands Centre at Northampton (August 2022-24).

Elizabeth Tingle

Professor of History, De Montfort University Leicester

I am a specialist in early modern France and in Counter/Catholic Reformation history in Europe. I teach on the MA history and BA History and Heritage module, with a teaching interest in the relationship between the global and the local in public histories, religions, material cultures and landscapes.

Jamie Wood

Associate Professor of History in the School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln

He teaches and researches (mostly) on late antiquity and the early medieval period. Between completing his doctorate and taking up a postdoc he worked at an educational developer at the University of Sheffield, which ignited his passion for pedagogy, an interest that he’s kept up ever since, publishing and presenting at numerous conferences, and spending a semester on a fellowship at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. You can find out more about his interest in digital history teaching at his blog, Making Digital History or on Twitter @MakDigHist.

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