Professor of Modern British History, King's College London

Paul Readman was educated at Newpark Comprehensive School, Dublin, and Christ’s College, Cambridge. After a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ’s, he joined King’s College London as Lecturer in Modern British History in 2002, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2008 and Professor in 2015. He was Head of the Department of History between 2008 and 2012, and was made Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities in 2014. Paul is Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project, The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain (, and his latest book is "Storied Ground: Landscape and the Shaping of English National Identity" (Cambridge, 2018). He has served on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Historical Research and is a member of the AHRC Strategic Peer-Review College. In 2017, he was elected to the Council of the Royal Historical Society.


  • –present
    Professor in Modern British History, King's College London