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Dr Simon Peplow

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H0.11, ground floor of the Humanities Building

024 76572796, internal extension 72796

Simon.Peplow@warwick.ac.uk 

@simpep

Monday 11-12pm and Thursday 10-11am
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I am a researcher of modern British race, ethnicity, and migration history, having a particular interest in Black British political participation and engagement through official mechanisms and collective violence. My research combines aspects of social, political, and cultural history, and I have broader research interests in these fields – particularly within modern Britain.

My first monograph Race and Riots in Thatcher's Britian (Manchester University Press, 2019), based on my PhD research, is the first study to use newly released records regarding the 1980-81 disturbances in England. Case studies of Bristol, Brixton, and Manchester explore the importance of the public inquiry in public and political culture, by demonstrating that governmental inquiries were simultaneously viewed by Black Britons as either a solution or a fraud, as well as being a guarded privilege and later tactical concession from alarmed establishment figures. Locating 1980-81 within a longer history, I also argue that the disturbances should be viewed broadly within the 'collective bargaining by riot' framework (Hobsbawm).

My current research extends my analysis of the political tactics of black communities in Britain throughout the 1980s, comparing and examining the links between anti-apartheid and domestic anti-racist groups in Thatcher's Britain, also investigating the changing nature of political protest during this period.

I have made various contributions to the BBC News website, BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Somerset, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Wiltshire, and pieces for The Conversation, Bristol Post, Western Morning News, History Workshop Online, The History of Parliament, Politics Home, and other media outlets related to my research and its contemporary significance. I have been involved with the GW4 Modern British Politics and Political History research group, and have presented my research to Home Office civil servants following an invitation by History & Policy.

I am co-convenor of the Black British History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, and History UK's ECR representative.

Academic Profile

  • 2018 onwards: Senior Teaching Fellow in 20th Century British History, University of Warwick
  • 2016-2018: Lecturer in History (Education and Scholarship), University of Exeter
  • 2011-2016: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Exeter
  • 2011-2015: PhD History, University of Exeter
  • 2010-2011: MA Political Culture in Modern Britain, Aberystwyth University
  • 2007-2010: BA History, Aberystwyth University

Teaching

Recent Publications

Race and Riots in Thatcher's Britain (Manchester University Press, 2019).

'"A Tactical Manoeuvre to Apply Pressure": Race and the Role of Public Inquiries in the 1980 Bristol "Riot"', Twenteith Century British History, 29:1 (2018), 129-55.

'The "Linchpin for Success"? The Problematic Establishment of the 1965 Race Relations Act and its Conciliation Board', Contemporary British History, 31:3 (2017), 430-51.