Dr Laure Humbert

Lecturer in Modern History

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I studied for two years in a preparatory class in Strasbourg – The Hypokhâgne and Khâgne – which prepares candidates for the entry exams to the French ‘Grandes Ecoles’ – and then moved to the University of Nancy (France).  I hold a BA and MA degree in modern European history from the University of Nancy. After my MA, I have had the valuable opportunity to work as full-time research assistant at the University of the South Wales on a Leverhulme funded project entitled ‘Outcast Europe’ and supervised by Professor Sharif Gemie. This research, on the experiences of refugees in the era of the Second World War, laid the groundwork for my decision to specialise in histories of humanitarianism, displacement and international organisations. After the completion of this project, I went to the University of Exeter to pursue my AHRC-funded PhD, entitled ‘From ‘soup-kitchen’ Charity to humanitarian Expertise? France, the United Nations and the Displaced Persons Problem in post-war Germany’. My PhD was carried out under the supervision of Professor Martin Thomas and Professor Richard Overy and awarded in February 2014. Since completing my PhD, I taught at the University of Exeter. I was delighted to join the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Modern History in September 2015. 

My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal Historical Society and the Society for the Study of French History. In 2014, I won the British International History Group thesis prize.

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