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Dr David Brydan

Dr David Brydan

  • Academics

Lecturer in the History of Modern International Relations

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I joined King’s in 2018, having previously worked as a researcher and lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. I originally studied English and Philosophy, and spent a number of years working in the private sector before returning to academia in 2013.

Between 2013 and 2017 I was a member of the Wellcome Trust-funded Reluctant Internationalists project at Birkbeck, and am currently a member of the Centre for the Study of Internationalism. In 2014 I was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence.

Research interests and PhD supervision 

  • Modern Spanish history
  • Internationalism, international organisations and international relations in the 20th Century
  • The Cold War
  • The history of global health

My work revolves around the history of international cooperation and exchange in the twentieth century, particularly the international history of modern Europe. Much of my research has focussed on the history of modern Spain and the Franco era. I am also interested in the history of the Cold War, religion in international relations, and the history of medicine and global health.

Expertise and public engagement 

I am interested in work with schools and history teachers, and have been involved in teacher training programmes organised by the Historical Association. I am currently co-editing an Historical Association companion for teachers entitled ‘Exploring and Teaching Twentieth-Century History’, which is scheduled for publication in 2019.