The Pears Institute is located within Birkbeck, University of London, which has a world class reputation for research.
Birkbeck is in the top one per cent of the world’s universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14, which assesses universities for their teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. In the 2104 Research Excellence Framework the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology was ranked seventh among all history departments in Britain (THS research intensity table), with 85% of its research portfolio deemed of world leading or internationally excellent quality.
We provide supervision to PhD students exploring antisemitism, the Holocaust, immigration, ethnicity, intolerance and identity, multiculturalism, racism and xenophobia. The Institute embraces history, psychosocial studies, social policy, politics, literary studies and law, as well as innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the study of antisemitism, racialization and racism.
The Institute's staff and Associates welcome research students whose projects fall within their areas of interest. See our People page for more information on our research specialisms.
See the areas our current postgraduate research students are exploring.
Postdoctoral researchers and early career research fellows are an important part of the Institute.
Visiting Research Fellows
We welcome visiting researchers from the UK and overseas and actively collaborate with other centres in Europe, Israel and the United States.
To find out more about research opportunities at the Institute, please contact the Director, Professor David Feldman: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this first complete history of the Nazi concentration camps, Nikolaus Wachsmann combines the political and personal in an examination of this immense genocidal machine, whilst drawing a vivid picture of life inside the camps for the individual prisoner.
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