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CHRISTIAN DAMM PEDERSEN is an associate professor in British History, and a historian of Britain, the British Empire, and decolonisation. I am also interested in the use of history for green transitions in the UK and the USA.

I joined the University of Southern Denmark after having completed a Ph.D. in British History at the University of Copenhagen. I have previously been a visiting researcher at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, and a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Global History, University of Oxford.

I am affiliated with the international network Anglophone Political Cultures Research Group. I am also a member of the advisory board for History and Archaeology at Folkeuniversitetet in Odense, a member of the Danish Historical Association, and a member of the board of the Danish Society for Contemporary History.

I occasionally appear on TV, radio, newspapers, podcasts, and other media outlets, commenting on British politics, culture, and history, the impact of Brexit, the legacies of the British Empire and Commonwealth, the British monarchy, and more.

I teach primarily in English Studies and History, occasionally in Business, Culture and Language Studies (Negot. English), and serve as a member of the Board for English and American Studies.

Research areas

Modern and contemporary British history. Political history. Cultural history. Imperial and post-imperial history. The uses of history. Political ideas and rhetoric. Memories of empire. Sustainability and Green New Deal.

Research interests

I examine the causes and impact of decolonisation on the British World since the Second World War. I recently published THE BREAK-UP OF GREATER BRITAIN (co-edited with Stuart Ward) with Manchester University Press, and is currently finishing a monograph about African decolonisation, the cold war and the changing contours of Britishness.

Another project, titled IN EMPIRE'S SHADOW, examines the afterlives of empire in British politics and memory culture by way of a rhetorical examination of prime ministers' use of the imperial past in their publics speeches and writings.

Lastly, I'm researching uses of history and its potential for green transitions, focusing particularly on the Green New Deal.


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