PROFESSOR Philip Murphy

Principal Investigator, Professor of British & Commonwealth History & Director of History & Policy, Institute of Historical Research

From 2009 to 2022, Philip Murphy was Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS). He is author of Party Politics and Decolonization (1995), a study of the relationship between the British royal family and the Commonwealth Monarchy and the End of Empire (2013) and The Empire’s New Clothes: The Myth of the Commonwealth. He has maintained an on-going interest in the history of the British intelligence community and is currently writing a volume on the UK Security Service, MI5, for the Georgetown Studies in Intelligence series.

Dr Rob Waters

Co-Investigator & Senior Lecturer in Modern British History

Rob Waters is a historian of race in modern Britain. His first book, Thinking Black: Britain, 1964–1985 (2019), was a study of black liberation in Britain. His second book, Colonized by Humanity: Caribbean London and the Politics of Integration at the End of Empire (2023), offers a history of racial integration as a social movement in Britain. Rob is currently working on a history of the rise of the border and bordering in Britain since the 1905 Aliens Act, a project which builds on his work for the Windrush Scandal project.


Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research

Juanita Cox gained her PhD in 2013 from the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham, and is a winner of the prestigious RE Bradbury Memorial Prize. Juanita is a former Associate Fellow of the London Metropolitan University and lecturer in Caribbean Studies and Black British History. In 2019 she was Research Fellow on Nationality, Identity and Belonging: An Oral History of the ‘Windrush Generation’ and their Relationship to the British State, 1948-2018 at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies. She is a trustee on the board of the Oral History Society. You can learn more about Dr Cox’s research via this link.


Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research

Eve joined History and Policy at the Institute of Historical Research in 2022. Her first monograph Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic: From Citizen to Foreigner (2021, 2023) includes a Foreword by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz. She has published in numerous books on Latin America and the Caribbean in the fields of social policy, history, politics and international development. She currently convenes the Institute of Languages, Cultures & Societies (ILCS) CLACS Caribbean Studies Seminar Series. Eve is a dual British-Dominican national and lived in the Caribbean for over ten years. You can learn more about her publications and research here.

Destinie Reynolds

Destinie Reynolds

Project Intern

Destinie Reynolds is currently studying History and Spanish at the University of Manchester where she has conducted research at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre and Education Trust. During her internship, Destinie worked closely with our research team to examine the importance of using oral history methods to amplify the voices silenced or minimized during the Windrush Scandal. Her work included listening to and documenting interviews with community leaders, survivors of the scandal, activists and campaigners, Caribbean and British High Commissioners, senior politicians, state officials, and more. You can read about Destinie’s experience as an intern on our project here.

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