The Team

The War Through Other Stuff team is:

Laura Harrison (University of Edinburgh)
Co-founder / @laurasharrison

1381274_10100302703612230_651286308_nLaura recently submitted her PhD in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research considers nineteenth-century commemorations of the medieval Scottish Wars of Independence, in which her focus is on the regional nature of commemoration. She is a co-founder of the Scottish History Network and the PhD blog ‘Pubs and Publications.’ She completed her MSc in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh, and her BA/BEd from Brock University in Canada.

Lucie Whitmore (University of Glasgow)
Co-founder / @LucieWhitmore

img_0802Lucie is a final year doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD thesis questions how women’s fashion was changed by the First World War, and what we can learn about war and the consequences of war through the study of surviving garments. She worked as an intern at the Museum of Edinburgh alongside her PhD from 2014-2017, where she co-curated a new permanent costume gallery. She recently published an article on mourning dress in WW1 in Women’s History Review. 

Catherine Bateson (University of Edinburgh)
Co-founder / @catbateson

g4n_zvtgCatherine recently submitted her thesis at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the Irish experience of the American Civil War and how it was expressed through songs written by and about Irish soldiers who participated in the conflict, as well as analysing the transnational impact of Irish American diasporic musical culture in 1860s America. She was the co-producer of the British Library’s ‘Britain and the American Civil War’ online exhibition. She is the current social media secretary for the Scottish Association for the Study of America and the University of Edinburgh’s Modern Irish History seminar series.

Mark Butterfield (Leeds Beckett University)
Committee member / @MarkB7612

IMG_4052Mark is a first year PhD researcher with the Heritage Consortium. His research focuses on the aftermath of the First World War on service personnel and their communities throughout the interwar years, using the West Riding of Yorkshire as a local case study. Mark is a former soldier, having served with 3rd Battalion The Rifles. He returned to civilian life and completed his BA in English and History and MA in Social History at Leeds Beckett University where he remains for his PhD research.

Matilda Greig (European University Institute)
Committee member / @matilda_greig

biog-photoMatilda is a final year doctoral researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, and holds previous degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Leiden. She is interested in how books and illustrations are used to ‘sell’ war to the public, and is writing a thesis on the published memoirs of Napoleonic soldiers from France, Britain, Spain, and Portugal. She is the founder of a blog showcasing some of the best stories from these books, Our Tale Begins.

Hanna Smyth (University of Oxford)
Committee member / @hannamsmyth

hanna-smyth.jpgHanna is a third year doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on First World War Imperial War Graves Commission memorials and cemeteries, and how they represented different aspects of identity for South Africa, India, Australia, and Canada 1918-1938. She currently convenes the Globalising & Localising the Great War research seminar at Oxford, and works in a public engagement role at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). She completed her MA Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, and her BA Classical Archaeology and History from the University of British Columbia.

Catherine Baker (University of Hull)
Advisor / @richmondbridge

catmay2018Catherine is Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History at the University of Hull. Her PhD was about popular music and Croatian national identity during and after the Croatian war of independence, and her postdoc was about translators and interpreters in UN/NATO peacekeeping in Bosnia. Today, her research focuses on how war and militarism interact with gender, sexuality, race and nationhood in popular culture and everyday life, especially in the former Yugoslav region and the UK. She is a co-convenor of the British International Studies Association’s South-East Europe Working Group, and the current awards and nominations officer for the International Studies Association’s LGBTQA Caucus. She completed her MA in Central and South-East European Studies at UCL SSEES and her BA in History at LSE.