Dr Jo Laycock

Senior Lecturer in Modern History

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My research approaches the history of Armenia and its diasporas from a transnational perspective. It sits at the boundary of histories of Europe, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union, examining movements and connections across imperial and national borders in the aftermath of conflict. In particular, my work examines the consequences of forced displacement in the short and long term; from humanitarianism, emergency relief and resettlement to collective memory and the challenges of refugee and diasporic ‘homecomings’.




After an undergraduate degree in History and Archaeology at Durham University, I came to Manchester to undertake an MA in Modern European History and completed an AHRC funded PhD here in 2005. Following this, I studied Russian language at Glasgow University and was the first Manoogian-Simone Postdoctoral Fellow in Armenian history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to returning to Manchester as Senior Lecturer in Modern History in 2018, I was a member of the History Department at Sheffield Hallam University for six years.


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