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Dr Mark Hurst

Lecturer in the History of Human Rights

Mark Hurst

Bowland College



Tel: +44 1524 592502

Research overview

My research focuses predominantly on human rights organisations and activists during the Cold War, and more broadly in the history of human rights, dissent, and political activism, especially the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia. Alongside this, I have wide research interests in contemporary British history, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the history of comedy, 'soft power', and the history of sport (especially cycling).

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students working on the history of human rights, non-governmental organisations, political protest and 'soft power' amongst other topics relating to my research. If you would like to be supervised for a PhD on these topics, please contact me via email.

Current Teaching

My taught modules include:

HIST259 Inventing Human Rights, 1776-2001

HIST357 'Dangerous Thoughts': Soviet Dissidents, Human Rights and the Cold War

HIST401 Research and Writing History

HIST446 'Fighting without Fire': Non-Military Conflict from 1945 to Today

Professional Role

In the 2018/2019 academic year, I was a Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures

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