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Dr Jill Kirby

Post:Lecturer in History (History)
Location:ARTS A A166

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678546
International:+44 1273 678546

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Dr Jill Kirby completed her PhD at Sussex University in 2014 and is currently a Lecturer in the School of History, Art History and Philosophy at Sussex and convenes the Foundation Year Making History course.  She specialises in twentieth-century British history and is particularly interested in everyday life, emotion and stress.

Her book, Feeling the strain: a cultural history of stress in 20th century Britain, is published by MUP in 2019.  She is currently working on a project historicising student stress and carrying out pedagogical research on student anxiety in the classroom.



Lecturer and Convenor of Making History module for the Humanities stream of the Foundation Year.

Associate Fellow in the Centre for War and Society.

Jill has taught on the following modules at Sussex and Chichester Universities and Queen's University (Canada) Bader International Study Centre in Herstmonceux Castle:


  • Making History


  • Society and Politics in Modern Britain
  • Social History of Britain in the 20th Century
  • Introductory Humanities Interdisciplinary Studies


  • Time and Place: 1984 Thatcher’s Britain


  • Britain and the Second World War
  • Century of the Gene
  • Imagining British Identities: Interdisciplinary British Studies