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For such a large cohort, Oxford History students really don’t see each other that much.

Between low contact hours and a huge array of optional subjects, we aren’t often brought together as historians.

Oxford History Review aims to change that.

Oxford History Review was founded by a trio of Merton students during the first lockdown in 2020. Its aim: to bring together students across the university and to provide them a platform to share their experiences and discuss all things historical.

Whether you want to critique the modules you’ve studied, explore your college’s past, or argue about the history that matters to you, OHR is the place for you.

Want to write for us? Feel free to message our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts, or email us at oxfordhistoryreview@gmail.com.

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Meet the Team:

Rebecca Smithson: Editor in Chief

Rebecca is a fourth year Merton student. She studies French and Linguistics, and loves eighteenth century literature, as well as art and fashion history.

Isaac Hawcock: Senior Editor, Tute Notes and Page & Screen

Isaac is a third-year historian at Merton. While possibly surprising many Oxford history students by considering “Approaches” and “Disciplines” the best modules, it reflects the two questions he finds himself asking over and over: what is possible to know about the past and why would we want to know it?

Ciara Garcha: Senior Editor, Curiosity Columns

Ciara is a second-year History student at Hertford. She is particularly interested in colonial history and gender history. Fun fact: Ciara is from Manchester and is a huge Manchester United fan!

Daniel Morgan: Senior Editor, Foundation Myths

Daniel is a second-year History student at Lady Margaret Hall. In his spare time, he also enjoys rowing, choir and writing for other student publications.

Alex Beard: Editor, Curiosity Columns and Tute Notes

Alex is a second-year History and German student at Univ. He is particularly interested in the history of class and the socialist movement, and spends much of his time wishing that EP Thompson were still alive.

Bee Rathleff: Editor, Foundation Myths and Page & Screen

Bee is a second-year History undergrad who is currently researching empires in Eurasia and gender throughout history. They are particularly interested in queer history, and they’re spending a lot of time at the moment studying the role of colonialism in the story of Disney’s Encanto

Oliver Hall: Marketing Manager

Oli is a first year Spanish Sole student at Magdalen. He is particularly passionate about South American history and politics.

Hannah Stovin: Social Media Manager

Hannah is a third-year history student at Hertford. She is particularly interested in modern gender and queer history, specifically considerations of identity, intersectionality and activism. Fun fact: if you get her talking about historical geography she will not stop.

James Morrison: Founder

James is a Merton history graduate. He lives in Bournemouth and will probably tell you all about how it was ranked the 5th best beach in Europe (TripAdvisor 2019).

Molly Archer-Zeff: Founder

Molly is a Merton history graduate originally from Southend-on-Sea. In between defending the reputations of Merton and Essex she decided to start OHR with James and Oliver. Molly particularly loves women’s and gender history and detests learning about British kings. 

Oliver Shaw: Founder

Originally from Rugby, Oliver is a Merton history graduate. Fun fact: He’s a descendant of Anthony Babington, the leader of the Babington plot against Elizabeth I in 1586!