Dr Theo Williams

  • Lecturer in Social History (Economic & Social History)

email: Theo.Williams@glasgow.ac.uk
pronouns: He/him/his

Room 613A, Gilbert Scott Building

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ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5883-5332

Biography

I am a historian of race, empire and political radicalism. I am especially interested in the global histories of Black radicalism and anti-colonialism, and in how the transnational movement of people and ideas has reshaped British society and political culture.

My monograph Making the Revolution Global: Black Radicalism and the British Socialist Movement before Decolonisation (Verso, 2022) argues that the Pan-Africanist ideas promoted by Black activists significantly reconfigured the politics of the wider British socialist movement in this period. I am currently working on a second major project about anticolonialism and Third Worldism in Britain between c.1945 and c.1990.

I studied for a PhD in History at King’s College London, graduating in 2019, and worked as a fixed-term lecturer in modern British history at Durham University between 2020 and 2023. I joined Glasgow as a lecturer in social history in 2023.

Research interests

  • Modern British history (especially as it relates to empire, race, migration, and political activism)
  • Black British history
  • Black radical thought and movements
  • Imperialism and anti-imperialism
  • Socialism and Marxism

Publications

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Number of items: 9.

2024

East, S., Redhead, G. and Williams, T. (Eds.) (2024) Anti-racism in Britain: Traditions, Histories and Trajectories, c. 1880–Present. Manchester University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

East, S., Redhead, G. and Williams, T. (2024) Introduction: anti-racism in Britain: traditions, histories and trajectories. In: East, S., Redhead, G. and Williams, T. (eds.) Anti-racism in Britain: Traditions, Histories and Trajectories, c. 1880–Present. Manchester University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

Williams, T. (2024) Anticolonialism and Black radicalism in the 1930s. In: Holland, A. (ed.) Routledge Handbook on Anti-racism in Historical Perspective. Routledge. (Accepted for Publication)

Williams, T. (2024) George Orwell, Pan-Africanism, and reconciling anti-imperialism with "Britishness". In: East, S., Redhead, G. and Williams, T. (eds.) Anti-racism in Britain: Traditions, Histories and Trajectories, c. 1880–Present. Manchester University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

2023

Williams, T. (2023) Dark lovers and Desdemonas: Gender, race and Pan-Africanism in Britain, 1935-45. In: Adi, H. (ed.) Many Struggles: New Histories of African and Caribbean People in Britain. Pluto Press: London, UK, pp. 91-106. ISBN 9780745347653

2022

Williams, T. (2022) Making the Revolution Global: Black Radicalism and the British Socialist Movement before Decolonisation. Verso: London, UK. ISBN 9781839761980

Williams, T. (2022) The many faces of Pan-Africanism. African Studies Review, 65(2), pp. 504-520. (doi: 10.1017/asr.2021.141)[Book Review]

2021

Williams, T. (2021) Collective security or colonial revolution? The 1938 Conference on Peace and Empire, anticolonialism, and the Popular Front. Twentieth Century British History, 32(3), pp. 325-349. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwaa008)

2019

Williams, T. (2019) George Padmore and the Soviet model of the British Commonwealth. Modern Intellectual History, 16(2), pp. 531-559. (doi: 10.1017/S1479244317000634)

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Number of items: 9.

Articles

Williams, T. (2021) Collective security or colonial revolution? The 1938 Conference on Peace and Empire, anticolonialism, and the Popular Front. Twentieth Century British History, 32(3), pp. 325-349. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwaa008)

Williams, T. (2019) George Padmore and the Soviet model of the British Commonwealth. Modern Intellectual History, 16(2), pp. 531-559. (doi: 10.1017/S1479244317000634)

Books

Williams, T. (2022) Making the Revolution Global: Black Radicalism and the British Socialist Movement before Decolonisation. Verso: London, UK. ISBN 9781839761980

Book Sections

East, S., Redhead, G. and Williams, T. (2024) Introduction: anti-racism in Britain: traditions, histories and trajectories. In: East, S., Redhead, G. and Williams, T. (eds.) Anti-racism in Britain: Traditions, Histories and Trajectories, c. 1880–Present. Manchester University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

Williams, T. (2024) Anticolonialism and Black radicalism in the 1930s. In: Holland, A. (ed.) Routledge Handbook on Anti-racism in Historical Perspective. Routledge. (Accepted for Publication)

Williams, T. (2024) George Orwell, Pan-Africanism, and reconciling anti-imperialism with "Britishness". In: East, S., Redhead, G. and Williams, T. (eds.) Anti-racism in Britain: Traditions, Histories and Trajectories, c. 1880–Present. Manchester University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

Williams, T. (2023) Dark lovers and Desdemonas: Gender, race and Pan-Africanism in Britain, 1935-45. In: Adi, H. (ed.) Many Struggles: New Histories of African and Caribbean People in Britain. Pluto Press: London, UK, pp. 91-106. ISBN 9780745347653

Book Reviews

Williams, T. (2022) The many faces of Pan-Africanism. African Studies Review, 65(2), pp. 504-520. (doi: 10.1017/asr.2021.141)[Book Review]

Edited Books

East, S., Redhead, G. and Williams, T. (Eds.) (2024) Anti-racism in Britain: Traditions, Histories and Trajectories, c. 1880–Present. Manchester University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

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Supervision

I am very happy to receive enquiries from prospective research students who wish to pursue projects in line with my research interests (detailed above).