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Lewis Twiby


I specialise in the history of borders, human rights, and movements of marginalised communities. My current project is looking at state-building and community identity in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua on the the US-Mexico border from 1920 to 1960. My supervisors for this project are Dr Rosie DoyleLink opens in a new window and Professor Ben Smith. My main avenue of research is the history of Mexico, the United States, and Latin America, although I have also looked at colonial and post-independence East Africa. I also write a blog twice a week where I can investigate topics that I do not specialise in, this blog covers world history, mythologies and religion, and natural history.


  • October 2023-Present: PhD History, University of Warwick
  • September 2019-September 2020: MSc Contemporary History, University of Edinburgh
  • September 2015-July 2019: MA History, University of Edinburgh


  • My blog, Lewis Twiby's Past and Present,
  • 'Imprisoned in the Margins: Prisons in Colonial Africa', Retrospect Journal, 'Margins', 26, (2020), 8-9
  • 'Zimbabwe After Mugabe', Retrospect Journal, 'Celebrations and Commemorations', 25, (2019), 21-23
  • 'The League Against Imperialism: Interwar Anti-Colonial Internationalism', Retrospect Journal
  • 'Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, and Women's Power in Sudan', Retrospect Journal
  • 'New York and the LGBTQ+ Community Over a Century', Retrospect Journal
  • 'Railways, Race, and Lions - The Tale of the Tsavo Man-Eaters', Retrospect Journal
  • 'La Llorona: Folklore, Spirits, Colonialism, and Power', Retrospect Journal