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Scholarly biography

Christian Hogsbjerg is a Lecturer in Critical History and Politics at the University of Brighton.  Before starting this post, Christian taught a wide variety of humanities courses at a number of institutions including UCL’s Institute for the Americas, Leeds Beckett University and in the Department of History at the University of York (where he completed his doctorate in History in 2010 and where from 2013-14 he was a Teaching Fellow in Modern History).  Christian works on Caribbean history, the black presence in imperial Britain, the black experience of the British Empire, and how race and empire impacted more broadly on British identity, politics, society and culture.  He is a member of the committee of the Society for Caribbean Studies.

Christian's specialist focus of research to date has concerned the life and work of the black radical Trinidadian intellectual and activist C.L.R. James (1901-1989) who made a profound contribution as a historian to revolutionising scholarly understanding on Atlantic slavery and abolition, and as an activist to the making and shaping of modern multi-cultural, ‘post-colonial’ Britain. 

Supervisory Interests

Christian would be interested in supporting doctoral research in the following areas: Anti-colonialism; Atlantic Studies and maritime history; Black British History; Black Intellectual History; British imperial history; Caribbean history and politics (including Haitian Revolutionary Studies); Labour History; Pan-Africanism; Race, Resistance and Reparative Histories; Slavery, Resistance and Abolition.      

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of York

Master, University of York

Bachelor, University of Leeds


  • D204 Modern History
  • D880 Developing Countries
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • CT Biography
  • DT Africa

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Research Output

Apartheid is Not a Game: Remembering the Stop The Seventy Tour campaign

Hogsbjerg, C. & Brown, G., Jan 2020, London: Redwords. 87 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

  • Open Access

    ‘Paris Today, Leeds Tomorrow!’: Remembering 1968 in Leeds

    Farrar, M., Hogsbjerg, C., Lavender, L., McGrath, M., Perrigo, S. & Steele, T., 6 May 2020, In : Northern History.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Braithwaite, Christopher Messiah [Chris] (1885-1944): seafarers’ organizer, pan-Africanist and socialist

    Hogsbjerg, C., 10 Oct 2019, 3 p. Oxford University Press (OUP).

    Research output: Other contribution

    Die Roten und die Schwarzen: C. L. R. James und die historische Idee der Weltrevolution

    Translated title of the contribution: The Red and the Black: C.L.R. James and the historical idea of World RevolutionHogsbjerg, C., 1 Apr 2019, In : Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung. 2019, p. 35-51

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access