Gordon Pentland


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am happy to supervise research students working on topics in modern (post-1750) British and Western European history.


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Personal profile


I was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh and worked from 2006 at the University of Edinburgh, where I was Professor of Political History, until moving to Monash University in 2022. 

­­­­My principal interest is the political history of Britain since the eighteenth century. My first two monographs provided a comprehensive analysis of two periods of dramatic political crisis and change in the nineteenth century and I have published work dealing with politics in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Part of my work has involved thinking seriously about how political historians can engage with material culture and my research draws on political prints and images, monuments, flags and banners. I have additional interests in the French Revolution, Australian history, and how different constituencies responded and reacted to assassinations and assassination attempts in the British world. My current project aims to produce the first substantially new history of the ‘Reform Crisis’ (1828-1832) in over 50 years, focusing on experiences of crisis and adopting four nations and British world perspectives.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Scottish History, MScR, University of Edinburgh

History, PhD, University of Edinburgh

Modern History, BA, University of Oxford

External positions

Editorial board member, History of Parliament Trust

2016 → …

Peer Review College Member, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

2014 → …

Research area keywords

  • Political history
  • British History
  • British Politics
  • European History
  • Radical and Labour History
  • Conservatism
  • Material Culture
  • Political Violence