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Professor of War and Society, King's College London

Rachel Kerr is a contemporary historian working on transitional and post-conflict justice and memory and international law and war. She is Professor of War and Society in the Department of War Studies, co-director of the War Crimes Research Group and co-convenor of the Visual and Embodied Methodologies Network at King's College London. She holds a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds and an MA and PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.

In 2009-10, she was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and from 2011-13, a Visiting Research Associate at the Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society.

Rachel's research focuses on war crimes and transitional justice. Current and recent research projects have focused on art and reconciliation, war crimes trials and tribulations, the role of visual evidence in war crimes prosecution and allegations of UK war crimes in Iraq.


  • 2003–present
    Professor of War and Society, King's College London