New College of the Humanities has appointed Dr Hannah Dawson to join its growing team as a Senior Lecturer in the History faculty. Dr Dawson will join from the University of Edinburgh, where she holds a senior lectureship in the history of ideas.
Dr Dawson joins Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and visiting professors, Sir David Cannadine, an expert and commentator on British society and monarchy, and Niall Ferguson, whose specialisms include Economic and Imperial History.
Dr Suzannah Lipscomb course convenor for History at NCH, said: “I am tremendously excited that Hannah is joining the team. She is a brilliant intellectual historian with a stellar pedigree, and she’s full of dynamism and verve. I know the students will love her, and we are very lucky to have her.”
The History degree at NCH will give students the chance to focus on a diverse range of topics, including early medieval western Christendom, international economic history, the Crusades, the history of political ideas, the English civil war, and modern American history.
Professor AC Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities, said: “We’re so pleased to welcome Dr Dawson to the History faculty. She is a truly multi-faceted academic, with expertise and experience in teaching History, Philosophy and more besides.
“Our students will be expected to show curiosity and understanding beyond just one subject area, and Dr Dawson will be a great inspiration and support for them in her role as Senior Lecturer.”
Hannah was educated at the University of Cambridge, where she graduated with a double first in history, went on to take the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and received her PhD for her thesis on John Locke and the problem of language in seventeenth-century philosophy. She was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, from where she was appointed to a lectureship, and then a senior lectureship, in the history of ideas at the University of Edinburgh.
The announcement of Dr Dawson’s appointment comes as the London based College prepares to make offers to its first intake of students, who will start their courses this September. Almost 30 per cent of the year group will benefit from either full Scholarships (nil fees) or generous Exhibitions which reduce fees to £7,200, significantly lower than those charged by many UK universities.