Liam Liburd studied his undergraduate degree in History & Sociology at the University of Sheffield. He returned to Sheffield to complete an MA in Modern History and stayed on to undertake a PhD (entitled ‘The Eternal Imperialists: Empire, Race and Gender on the British Radical Right, 1918-1968’), which was awarded in 2020. After this, he worked briefly as a Teaching Associate in Modern International History at the University of Sheffield before joining King’s Department of History in September 2020.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- The history, impact and legacy of Empire, decolonisation and race/racism in modern Britain
- The history of British right-wing political extremism
- Cultural and political histories of gender (especially masculinity)
- Inter-war British history
Liam Liburd’s research interests lie in the history, impact and legacy of Empire, decolonisation and race/racism in twentieth-century Britain. Liam’s thesis interrogated the imperial obsessions of the British ‘Radical Right’, from the Empire’s height following the First World War to decolonisation during the 1960s. He found that Radical Right activists interpreted the political problems of their day, and formulated their proposed solutions, in imperial terms. He has explored this idea in further detail in publications to date.
Liam contributes to a number of undergraduate modules on British and imperial history.
In the autumn semester of the 2020-21 academic year, he is designing a new module (to run in the spring semester) on King’s colonial past.
Expertise and public engagement
Liam occasionally blogs in his capacity as a Doctoral Fellow with the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right.
- ‘White Against Empire: Decolonisation, Immigration and Britain’s Radical Right, 1954-1967’ in British Culture After Empire: Migration, Race and Decolonisation, 1945 to the Present, eds Josh Doble, Liam J Liburd & Emma Parker, Manchester: Manchester University Press (part of the ‘Studies in Imperialism’ series, forthcoming 2021).
- ‘Thinking Imperially: The British Fascisti and the Politics of Empire, 1923-1935’, Twentieth Century British History (published online 24 Apr 2020, print publication forthcoming 2021).
- ‘Beyond the Pale: Whiteness, Masculinity and Empire in the British Union of Fascists, 1932-1940’, Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, 7: 2 (2018), pp. 275-296.