Dr David Cowan

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BA (Oxon), MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

Research Fellow

I work on the history of modern Britain, and am particularly interested in class, selfhood, and popular politics. My doctoral research was a study of how popular memories of the 1920s and the 1930s in Britain developed since the Second World War.

As a Research Fellow at Emmanuel, I plan to turn my doctoral research into a monograph whilst beginning work on another book-length project: a cultural history of the rich in modern Britain. This aims to offer some long-term context to contemporary debates about inequality and elites, developing existing quantitative research on the economic structure of global inequality.

I was born and brought up in Edinburgh and, although I have been studying down south since finishing school (first as an undergraduate at Oxford and then here at Cambridge for my graduate study), I have a strong interest in placing Scotland centrally in modern British history. This has guided parts of my doctoral research; as I begin to work on the rich, however, I am becoming increasingly interested in global and transnational approaches.