School of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Queen Mary, University of London
Degree: PhD History (Union and Confederate propaganda and how it affected parliamentary and public opinion of the American Civil War)
No history school at any university takes better care of its postgraduate students than Queen Mary. I came here from the United States to research and get a PhD, but have been handed so much more already.
In addition to granting me a studentship, the School has given me and some other postgraduates the opportunity to organise and operate our own seminar series.
My supervisor, Dr Peter Catterall, is a great friend and advocate who has done far more than just give me advice for researching and writing – he has ‘put my name out’ and arranged for me to make presentations at the Institute of Historical Research and at other universities in England.
The opportunity to conduct lectures and seminars for undergraduate courses has also been a most valuable experience that Queen Mary has given me, and this is great training for what I wish to do after finishing my degree – being a full-time lecturer.
I should also say that London is the best place for research in the United Kingdom. As home to the Institute of Historical Research, British Library, British National Archives, and the University of London’s Senate House Library, this is the ideal place for a research student.