Dr Freddy Foks

Lecturer in Modern British History

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I am a historian of modern Britain from 1800- the present.

My forthcoming book with the University of California Press is about the history of social anthropology in Britain. My new research is on citizenship, racism and emigration from the UK between 1850 and 1980.


I studied history at King's College London and then did my graduate research at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University.

My first book is appearing in 2022 and is under contract with the University of California Press in the Berkeley Series in British Studies. It is a study of imperialism and social science, specifically in relation to British social anthropology between the 1920s to the 1970s. Some findings from this research have been published in Comparative Studies in Society and History and in Isis. This work draws on my PhD dissertation which was jointly awarded the Prince Consort & Thirlwall Prize and Seeley Medal for best thesis in the Faculty in 2019.

Alongside my research on the history of social anthropology, I have recently begun a new project on migration, imperialism, white supremacy and settler colonialism in the British Empire between 1850 and 1970.


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