Bill Schwarz


Queen Mary University of London

Bill Schwarz is a Professor in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. He studied English and History at York University, before going on to the Centre for Contemporary Studies at Birmingham. He taught Sociology and Politics at Warwick, Cultural Studies at the University of East London, and Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, before he arrived at Queen Mary in 2004. He is an editor of History Workshop Journal. His research focuses on postcolonial history, looking in particular at the end of Britain’s empire. At present he is writing a three-volume history entitled Memories of Empire; the first volume, The White Man’s World, won the Longman-History Today prize for 2013. He also works on historiographical questions concerning the conceptual underpinnings of postcolonial history, and on the relations between history and memory.