The History Department at the University of Sussex has an outstanding international reputation. Sussex historians are renowned for their intellectual distinctiveness and methodological innovation. Our performance in REF 2014—Sussex was ranked first for outputs and fifteenth overall—underlines the strength of our scholarship.

Departmental research has long emphasised everyday lived experience and the agency of people outside of institutions of power, be they members of the criminal class in eighteenth-century London, slaves in the nineteenth-century American South, or female reformers in the contemporary Middle East. This research is facilitated by Sussex’s unique archival resources including the celebrated Mass Observation Archive. Sussex research is also characterised by its methodological innovation, principally the use of digital technology pioneered through the Sussex Humanities Lab.

History matters, not only within the academy but also to the broader public, and Sussex historians work with the media, museum and heritage industries, and government departments to demonstrate the relevance of the past to our present and future.

To further our ambitious strategic plans, we seek to make a series of new appointments that will complement and add a new dimensions to the department’s teaching and research strengths.