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Glen O'Hara

  • Professor of Modern and Contemporary History
  • Oxford Brookes University


    Glen O’Hara was at Oxford University as an undergraduate between 1993 and 1996, and then as a M.Sc. student in Economic and Social History in the 1996-97 academic year. He was a Scholar, and then a Graduate Scholar, of Jesus College, where he also won the Eubule Thelwall Prize for History and the Gladstone Prize for History and Politics.

    After a period as a schoolteacher, and as a journalist at The Independent, he moved back into academia at University College London. He took his PhD there in 2002 under the supervision of Professor Kathleen Burk, UCL's Professor of Modern History. In 2001 he was appointed Lecturer in Economic History at the University of Bristol, where he spent a year before moving to New College, Oxford, as Lecturer in Modern History. He took up his present post as a Lecturer at Oxford Brookes in January 2005, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in January 2006.

    He is also an Academic Fellow of the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research, which aims to encourage undergraduates to pursue their own original research and to involve students in reinterpreting and changing their learning experience.

    Prof. O’Hara is primarily interested in British central governments’ economic and social policies, focusing especially on the period since the First World War. In 2007 he released a book about British economic and social planning in the 1960s; an edited collection about the Wilson governments of those years was published by Routledge in 2006. His study of Britons and the maritime world, entitled 'Britain and the Sea since 1600', was praised by the English Historical Review as 'a fine guide to anyone essaying a new avenue of research'. He will be publishing his next book, 'The Politics of Water in Post-War Britain', in the winter of 2016-17.

    Professional experience

    Professor of Modern and Contemporary History

    Oxford Brookes University

    June 2014 - Present


    PhD in History

    UCL - University College London

    October 1998 - September 2001(3 years)

    MSc Economic and Social History

    Jesus College Oxford

    October 1996 - September 1997(a year)

    BA Modern History

    Jesus College Oxford

    October 1993 - June 1996(3 years)