Dr Chris Jeppesen

Postdoctoral Associate
University Positions
Postdoctoral Researcher

Degrees obtained

  • PhD, University of Cambridge.
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge.
  • MA, University of St Andrews. 


I am a social and cultural historian of Modern Britain and the British empire during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher on the ESRC funded project ‘Secondary Education and Social Change in the United Kingdom since 1945’. This project explores the ways in which the advent of mass, compulsory education after 1945 affected individual and class identities, and intersected with other processes of social change in late-twentieth century Britain.

My previous research has explored career motivation amongst colonial officials and the material legacies of empire in Britain after decolonization. I have also worked on the connections between the East India Company and the Caribbean sugar economy in the pre-Victorian empire.

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Publications, links and resources

  • Chris Jeppesen, ‘Growing up in a Company town: the East India Company presence in Hertfordshire’, in Margot Finn & Kate Smith (eds.) The East India Company at Home (UCL Press, forthcoming 2018).
  • Andrew W. M. Smith & Chris Jeppesen, Britain, France and the decolonization of Africa: future imperfect? (UCL Press, 2017).
  • Chris Jeppesen, ‘“A worthwhile career for a man who is not entirely self-seeking”: service, duty and the Colonial Service during decolonization’, in A. W. M. Smith & C. Jeppesen (eds.), Britain, France and the decolonization of Africa: future imperfect? (UCL Press, 2017).
  • Chris Jeppesen, ‘East meets west: exploring the connections between Britain, the Caribbean and East India Company, c.1757–1857’, chapter in R. Hanley, J. Moody & K. Donington (eds.), Britain's History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery: Local Nuances of a ‘National Sin’ (Liverpool University Press, 2016).
  • Chris Jeppesen, ‘Sanders of the River, Still the Best Job for a British Boy.' Colonial Administrative Service recruitment at the end of empire', The Historical Journal, 59:02 (2016), 469-508.

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