Dr Rebecca Clifford
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 602973
Room: Office - 124
First Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus

Dr Clifford is a historian of contemporary Europe, whose principal interest is the memory of the Second World War in the post-war period. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy. She completed a DPhil in Modern History at the University of Oxford in 2008, and held a Junior Research Fellowship at Worcester College, Oxford, before joining the department in 2009.

Her first book, Commemorating the Holocaust: The Dilemmas of Remembrance in France and Italy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. From 2008 to 2012 she worked with a team of fourteen historians on a collaborative oral history project entitled ‘Around 1968: Activism, Networks, Trajectories’, which attracted funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust, and which produced a series of articles, a book, and a relational database of 500 interviews with former activists. The team’s collectively-authored book, Europe’s 1968: Voices of Revolt, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Dr. Clifford is now working on a new project on child Holocaust survivors, which has received funding from the British Academy – Leverhulme Trust. In 2014 she was selected to be part of the award-winning Welsh Crucible programme, which promotes the development of Wales’ future research leaders.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social and cultural history of Western Europe in the twentieth century
  • collective memory of war and of the Holocaust
  • protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s
  • oral history
  • history of emotions


  1. Families after the Holocaust: between the archives and oral history. Oral History 46(1), 42-54.
  2. Who is a survivor? Child Holocaust survivors and the development of a generational identity. Oral History Forum
  3. (2015). Review of Merilyn Moos, Breaking the Silence: Voices of the British Children of Refugees from Nazism. (Oral History No. 43).
  4. (2015). Review: Sean Hand and Steven Katz (eds.), Post-Holocaust France and the Jews. (H-Nationalisms). : H-Net and Clio-online.
  5. (2015). Review: Marie Louise Seeberg, Irene Levin, and Claudia Lenz (eds.), The Holocaust as Active Memory: The Past in the Present. (Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network). : Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network.

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  • Providing education for children with cerebral palsy and related disabilities: how policy and collective action brought about change during the second half of the twentieth century. (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof David Turner

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