Dr Mark HurstLecturer in the History of Human Rights
Mark's research interests focus on the efforts of human rights organisations during the Cold War, and more broadly in the history of human rights, dissent, and political activism, especially in Russia and the Soviet Union. His current research focuses on the history of Amnesty International, an organisation that has become intertwined with public understandings of human rights in the twentieth century. Despite this position, Amnesty's influence on the wider political process has been relatively understudied, something his research is aiming to address.
HIST259 Inventing Human Rights, 1776-2001
HIST357 'Dangerous Thoughts': Soviet Dissidents, Human Rights and the Cold War
HIST401 Research and Writing History
HIST446 'Fighting without Fire': Non-Military Conflict from 1945 to Today
Postgraduate (Taught) Officer
Academic Employability Champion/Student Careers Officer
Disabilities/Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
In the 2018/2019 academic year, Mark was a Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures
PhD Supervision Interests
Mark is interested in supervising PhD students working on a variety of issues in contemporary history including the history of human rights, non-governmental organisations, and political protest amongst many others. If you are interested in being supervised for a PhD, please contact Mark directly via email.