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Dr. Barnaby Crowcroft


Research Associate and Lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Koserstr. 20
Raum A 351
14195 Berlin

Barnaby Crowcroft is a Marie Curie-Slodowka Fellow in History at the Freie Universität Berlin. He received his PhD from Harvard University in May 2019, and previous degrees from Yale University and the London School of Economics. Before joining the Global History Department, he held fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Barnaby’s research and teaching focuses on the history of the Middle East in the post-war period, and the history of the end of the British empire. His first book, which looks at practices of imperial alliance and their break-down following the Second World War, in places including Malaysia, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya, will be published by Penguin Books in 2023. His current work explores the rise of the international Human Rights regime in the Arab world after 1945.

Articles in journals and collected volumes:



‘The radical nationalist as constitutional head of state: Nigeria, 1960-66’, in H. Kumarasingham, Viceregalism: Political Crises in the Post-war Commonwealth (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series) (Cambridge University Press, 2020)



 ‘The problem of protectorates in an age of decolonisation: Britain and West Africa, 1955-60’, in Lauren Benton, Bain Attwood & Adam Clulow, eds., Protection and Empire: A Global History (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

‘Britain’s Egyptian allies and the Suez Crisis’, in Wm Roger Louis, ed., Effervescent Adventures with Britannia (I.B. Taurus, 2017)



‘Egypt’s Other Nationalists and the Suez Crisis of 1956’Historical Journal, 59:1 (2016)

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