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Reader in 20th Century History, University of Hull

CATHERINE BAKER is a specialist in post-Cold War history, international relations and cultural studies, who researches the international politics of representing national identity and conflict in popular culture. She is the author of books including Sounds of the Borderland: Popular Music, War and Nationalism in Croatia since 1991 (2010) and Race and the Yugoslav Region: Postsocialist, Post-Conflict, Postcolonial? (2018), and the editor of volumes including Gender in 20th Century Eastern Europe and the USSR (2017) and Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics (2020). She also studies the cultural politics of international events, including the Eurovision Song Contest and the Olympic Games, and the politics of LGBTQ+ identity and history.


  • –present
    Lecturer in 20th Century History, University of Hull
  • 2011–2012
    Teaching Fellow in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, UCL SSEES
  • 2011–2012
    Research and Teaching Fellow, University of Southampton
  • 2008–2011
    Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Southampton


  • 2008 
  • 2004 
    UCL SSEES, MA Central and South-East European Studies
  • 2003 
    LSE, BA History