School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


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Dr Jodi Burkett

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) History & Politics (University of Toronto), MA History (McGill University), PhD (York University, Canada), Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader in History
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2303
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


As a cultural and social historian of late twentieth century Britain I am primarily interested in the many and varied ways in which the end of the British Empire has impacted on British identity. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2010 and have previously taught at a number of institutions in the north of England and Canada. I received my BA (Hons) in History & Politics from the University of Toronto in 2002, my MA in History from McGill University in 2004, my PhD from York University, Canada, in 2009 and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2012.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach across core and optional History units at undergraduate level and on the MA in War, Culture and Society. I am the Unit Co-ordinator for the core level four unit Society and Culture in Twentieth Century Europe, the level five optional unit Being British After the War: Continuity and Change in British National Identity, 1945-2005 and run a level six Special Subject on Students & Youth in Postwar Britain.


My research focuses on the cultural and social impacts of the end of the British Empire. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which British national identity has been re-imagined by some people as multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-ethnic in the postwar period while others have resisted this transformation. In particular this has led me to think about racism and anti-racism in British society and culture.  My doctoral work focussed on social movements and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the 1960s including the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM), the National Union of Students (NUS) and groups within the Northern Irish Civil Rights Movement, exploring how they were reconceptualising Britishness at the end of empire.

My current research focus is on student anti-racist activism in the 1970s and 1980s. I am particularly interested in exploring the links between student activists and community action around issues of race and racism in these two pivotal decades.

I currently coordinate two research networks. The first, brings together people interested in the history of students across twentieth century Europe ( The second, brings together researchers across disciplinary boundaries interested in issues of ‘Citizenship, ‘Race’ and ‘Belonging’ ( 

I would welcomes proposals from PhD candidates on student activism and social movements in Britain in the second half of the late twentieth century, anti-racist activism, histories of race and attitudes to immigration in postwar Britain, and legacies of empire in post-Imperial Britain.

Current PhD supervisions include:

  • Carlus Hudson, ‘Student Anti-Racist Activism in the UK, 1969-1982’
  • Patricia Gilbert (as second supervisor), ‘Supporting student attainment – narratives of student success in a learning environment of racialized, classed and gendered inequalities’
  • Gary Clarke (as second supervisor), ‘Localism and working class conservatism on the Isle of Wight’

Completed PhD supervisions:

  • Chris Spackman (as third supervisor), ‘The Boys’ Brigade and urban cultures, 1883-1933: a relationship examined’, 2016.
  • Jan de Graaf (as third supervisor), ‘Across the iron curtain: European socialism between World War and Cold War, 1943-1948’, 2015.

Research profile

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