Dr Theo Williams
I am a historian of modern Britain, with particular expertise in the histories of race, political thought, and colonialism and anti-colonialism. I am especially interested in the ways in which the transnational movements of people and ideas have impacted political culture in Britain. I completed my PhD at King's College London in 2019, before joining the Department of History at Durham in 2020.
I am currently working on my first monograph, which examines black radical politics in Britain during the 1930s and 1940s. The book makes the case that the Pan-Africanist and anti-colonial ideas promoted by black activists significantly reconfigured the politics of the wider British socialist movement in this period.
- Modern British history
- Black British history
- Black radical thought and movements
- Imperialism and anti-imperialism
- Socialist and Marxist thought and movements
- Williams, Theo (2020). Collective Security or Colonial Revolution? The 1938 Conference on Peace and Empire, Anticolonialism, and the Popular Front. Twentieth Century British History
- Williams, Theo (2019). George Padmore and the Soviet Model of the British Commonwealth. Modern Intellectual History 16(02): 531-559.