School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies


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Dr Jessica Moody

  • Qualifications: BA, MA, PhD in History
  • Role Title: Lecturer in Modern History and Heritage
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2207
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2014 from the University of York where I was a Research Associate with the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP). I completed my PhD in History at York and taught undergraduate and postgraduate History, including on the University’s Public History MA programme.  I also have a professional background in museums, having previously worked for National Museums Liverpool, and have a Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage Management (York, 2008). My research interests focus around heritage, public history, collective memory, and the various ways in which people engage with (and have historically engaged with) the past. I have particular interests in engagements with dissonant heritage and difficult histories, in particular the representation of transatlantic slavery in the Atlantic world, and in national commemorations and anniversaries such as the centenary of the First World War.

I am a member of the university's, Citizenship, 'Race' and Belonging (CRaB) research network ( and the Port Towns and Urban Cultures (PTUC) project, and of the Gateways to the First World War Engagement Centre, of which the University of Portsmouth is a partner.

I am currently working towards my first monograph based on and developing research from my PhD which mapped the memory of transatlantic slavery in Liverpool from the 19th century to the present day. I am also currently researching the commemoration of the First World War during its centenary years, developing and geographically expanding work undertaken in the summer of 2014 with IPUP (University of York) which looked at the commemoration of World War One in York and Scarborough. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach across the undergraduate programme, including methodological and theoretical units such as Historical Methods and across core units such as Society and Culture in the Twentieth Century and Empires and Identities 1750-1914. I co-ordinate the first year introductory heritage and public history unit 'History Beyond University'​, the second year primary sources unit 'Introduction to Historical Research'. I also co-ordinate the work placement unit, 'Public History Placement' and run a third year special subject 'Engaging with the Past: Heritage, Public History and Collective Memory'. 


Heritage, Public History, Collective Memory, Commemoration


Research profile

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