Dr John Stuart

Position: Ap - Head Of Department Of History
School: Humanities
Email: J.Stuart@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 62353
Location: Room PR HH 2002, Holmwood House, Penrhyn Road


I teach modern British and World histories at first and second year in the undergraduate programme. I also run the work placement and Capstone blogging modules in the final year. At postgraduate level, I contribute teaching and supervision to various modules. My main research focus is on late colonial Africa and the Middle East, specifically on British imperialism and church and missionary institutions in those places. That research led to a book: British Missionaries and the End of Empire: East, Central, and Southern Africa, 1939-64 (2011). Other publications include 'Dorothea Lehmann and John V. Taylor: Researching Church and Society in Late Colonial Africa', in Patrick Harries and David Maxwell (eds.), The Spiritual in the Secular: Missionaries and Knowledge about Africa (2012); 'Empire, Mission, Ecumenism and Human Rights: 'Religious Liberty in Egypt, 1919-56', Church History 83 (2014). I am currently researching religious humanitarianism in the mid-twentieth century Middle East. I am a convenor of two seminar programmes at the Institute of Historical Research, London: on Imperial and World History; and on Christian Missions in Global History. I welcome enquiries from postgraduate students interested in study of the British Empire and Commonwealth.

Educational and professional qualifications

2004 PhD in British Imperial and Commonwealth History , King's College London
1997 MA in Later Modern British History , King's College London
1995 BA in History and Social Sciences , The Open University

Professional experience (post-1990)

2013- Associate Professor of History, Kingston University
2011-13 Principal Lecturer in History, Kingston University
2007-11 Senior Lecturer in History; Director, Centre for Local History Studies, Kingston University
2005-7 Senior Lecturer in History


HS4001 World History
HS5003: Nationalism and Empire: Britain and Germany, 1815-1914
HS6001: Dissertation
HS6006: History Worklink
HS6007: Capstone
HS7003: The Eighteenth Century: Revolution, Empire and Society
HS7004: Modern Britain and Europe: Wars, Nations and Cultures
HS7005: MA Dissertation

Research supervision

I can supervise postgraduate research on British imperial history, and especially that of colonial Africa.

Research areas

History: History of the British Empire and Commonwealth
History: Missionary and Church History in Sub-Saharan Africa


British Academy: Small Research Grant
Result: 1,950 obtained, 2007
Institute of Historical Research: Royal Historical Society Peter Marshall Fellowship
Result: Obtained, 2001
King's College London: PhD Studentship
Result: Obtained, 1998
London Grid for Learning: Primary schools History e-learning project
Result: 9,000 obtained 2008
Wellcome Trust: Garrod Digitization Project
Result: 94,000 obtained 2010

International connections

Convenor, Christian Missions in Global History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London
Convenor, Imperial and World History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London
Member, Centre of African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Member, Royal Historical Society, London

Research outputs

Number of items: 21.


Stuart, John (2016) "The most improbable Diocese of the Anglican Communion" : Mission, Church and Revolution in Lebombo, Mozambique, 1961-1976. Social Sciences and Missions, 29(1-2), pp. 93-117. ISSN (print) 1874-8937

Stuart, John (2014) Empire, mission, ecumenism, and human rights: 'Religious liberty' in Egypt, 1919-1956. Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, 83(1), pp. 110-134. ISSN (print) 0009-6407

Stuart, John (2008) Overseas mission, voluntary service and aid to Africa: Max Warren, the Church Missionary Society and Kenya, 1945-63. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 36(3), pp. 527-543. ISSN (print) 0308-6534

Welch, Ian and Stuart, John (2008) William Henry Fitchett: Methodist, Englishman, Australian, Imperialist. Social Sciences and Missions, 21(1), pp. 57-72. ISSN (print) 1874-8937

Stuart, John (2003) Scottish missionaries and the end of empire: the case of Nyasaland. Historical Research, 76(193), pp. 411-430. ISSN (print) 0950-3471


Stuart, John (2011) British missionaries and the end of empire: East, Central, and Southern Africa, 1939-64. Grand Rapids, U.S. : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 253p. (Studies in the History of Christian Missions) ISBN 9780802866332

Book Section

Stuart, John (2015) David Livingstone, British protestant missions, memory and empire. In: Geppert, Dominik and Muller, Frank Lorenz, (eds.) Sites of imperial memory: commemorating colonial rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 153-169. ISBN 9780719090813

Stuart, John (2012) Dorothea Lehmann and John V. Taylor: Researching Church and Society in Late Colonial Africa. In: Harries, Patrick and Maxwell, David, (eds.) The Spiritual in the Secular: Missionaries and Knowldge about Africa. Grand Rapids and Cambridge : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. pp. 293-312. (Studies in the History of Christian Missions) ISBN 9780802866349

Stuart, John (2008) Empire and religion in colonial Botswana: the Seretse Khama controversy, 1948-56. In: Carey, Hilary M., (ed.) Empires of religion. Basingstoke, UK : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 311-332. ISBN 9780230208803

Stuart, John (2007) Beyond sovereignty?: Protestant missions, empire and transnationalism, 1890-1950. In: Grant, Kevin , Levine, Philippa and Trentmann, Frank, (eds.) Beyond sovereignty: Britain, empire and transnationalism, 1860-1950. Basingstoke, UK : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 103-125. ISBN 1403986436

Stuart, John (2003) 'Speaking for the unvoiced'?: British missionaries and aspects of African nationalism, 1949-1959. In: Stanley, Brian, (ed.) Missions, nationalism and the end of empire. Grand Rapids, MN, USA; Cambridge, UK : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. pp. 183-193. (Studies in the History of Christian Missions) ISBN 0802821162

Conference or Workshop Item

Stuart, John (2011) Anglo-Catholicism and the Universities' Mission to Central Africa in the 20th Century. In: Anglo-Catholic History Society Annual Lecture; 13 Jun 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Stuart, John (2011) British missionaries and religious liberty in Egypt, 1919-48. In: Middle East Missions: Nationalism, Religious Liberty and Cultural Encounter; 26 May 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Stuart, John (2011) Christianity, church and state in late colonial Mozambique: a study in ambiguity. In: The end of the Portuguese empire in a comparative perspective; 20-21 Jun 2011, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)

Stuart, John (2011) "The real need of... overseas communities cannot be met by tourists...": British Protestant missions and the challenge of voluntary service overseas, 1957-67. In: 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association; 6-9 January 2011, Boston, USA. (Unpublished)

Stuart, John (2010) Dorothea Lehmann: German missionary in late colonial British Africa. In: Transcending Boundaries: Biographical Research in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa; 7-8 May 2010, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Stuart, John (2010) 'Unwise but not necessarily wicked': Protestant missionary interpretations of British rule in Africa, 1948-65. In: The 'Wind of Change' Fifty Years On: Britain and the End of Empire in the 1950s and 1960s; 26-27 Mar 2010, Norwich, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Stuart, John (2007) Dorothea Lehmann: German missionary and linguist in British colonial Africa, 1949-64. In: The secular in the spiritual: missionaries and knowledge about Africa; 30 Nov - 01 Dec 2007, Basel, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

Stuart, John (2007) From Marburg to Mufulira: Dorothea Lehmann in and out of colonial space, 1939-59. In: Colonial and Postcolonial Spaces; 06 - 07 Sep 2007, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Stuart, John (2007) Protestant missions and empire. In: 28th Irish Conference of Historians: Empires and their contested pasts; 18 - 20 May 2007, Queen’s University Belfast, NI.. (Unpublished)

Database or Web Resource

Hawkins, Susan [Creator], Warren, Juliet [Creator], Tanner, Andrea [Creator] and Stuart, John [Director] (2007) The Historic Hospital Admission Records Project (HHARP).

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