Sussex Centre for Migration Research

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Dr Jacob Norris

Post:Senior Lecturer in Middle East History (Sussex Centre for Migration Research, History)
Other posts:Member (Sussex Humanities Lab)
 PG Lead (The Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex)
Location:ARTS A A145

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877054
International:+44 1273 877054

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Jacob Norris is a social and cultural historian of the modern Middle East. He completed his PhD in 2010 at the University of Cambridge where he spent a further 3 years as Research Fellow, before coming to Sussex in 2013. Jacob's research is mostly focused on Palestine in the 19th and early 20th centuries, albeit within global and transnational frameworks. His monograph, Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948 was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press.

From 2017-19 he is the holder of an AHRC Leadership Fellowship titled 'Merchants and Miracles: Global Circulations and the Making of Modern Bethlehem'. The Fellowship will produce a digital archive documenting  Bethlehem's transformation in the 19th and 20th centuries as a result of its residents' global circulations, as well as a monograph on the global journeys of one merchant from the town.



Community and Business

Discovering WWI: The Global War in Brighton

I currently direct a Widening Participation project with Dr Claudia Siebrecht. This involves bringing students from local schools to the University of Sussex to study World War I from a global history perspective. The project works specifically with young people who typically experience barriers in progression to higher education. The pupils take part in workshops in which they engage with a wide range of primary material drawn from the Keep archive. For a blog on the project see here: