Dr. Kit Kowol

Lecturer in History


BA Politics (Durham, 2008); MA Modern History (Durham, 2009); DPhil Politics (Oxford, 2014)

Academic Background

2005-2009: St. Cuthbert’s Society, Durham; 2009-2013: University College, Oxford; 2012-2013: U. C. Berkeley (Visiting Scholar); 2014-2015: Teesside University (Postdoctoral Researcher); 2015-Present: Christ Church, Oxford (College Lecturer); 2016-Present, St. John’s College, Oxford (College Lecturer)

Undergraduate Teaching

British and European History 1815-Present

Research Interests

My research focuses on the political culture of twentieth century Britain. I am currently completing my first book A Conservative 1945: Reimagining Wartime Britain which examines Conservative politics during the Second World War and the numerous radical alternatives for post-war reconstruction that were presented by those on the Right. Alongside this I am working on a project on the politics of grief in post-war Britain and the effect (and affect) of political losses, be they electoral, ideological, or personal.

My work brings together approaches from political history, intellectual history and cultural studies. As such, I am interested in the way in which politics is lived by individual as an everyday experience expressed and constructed through art, music, clothing, and objects. I also retain an interest and engagement in present politics and the role that historians can play in aiding and shaping public debate.

Recent Publications

‘Rethinking Wartime Radicalism: The Conservative Movement and Dreams of Britain’s Post-war Future’, Historical Journal (forthcoming)
‘Ford County: Henry Ford’s English estate, industrial paternalism, and experiments in conservative modernity’, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 55, No. 4, October 2016, pp. 781-805
‘Renaissance on the Right?: New Directions in the History of the Conservative Party’, Twentieth Century British History, Vol. 27, No. 2, June 2016, pp. 290-304


I was born and raised in Oxfordshire and am deeply interested in the areas local history and, especially, the history of the Morris Minor.