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Dr John Stuart

Associate Professor


I am course director for History. My teaching, for the BA History and MA History programmes, includes the History Capstone blogging module and the History work placement module. I specialise in the history of the British empire and Commonwealth and in world history. My research interests are varied, but they focus mainly on the activities of British missionaries in Africa and other parts of the non-western world. At present I am researching religious humanitarianism in the mid-twentieth century Middle East. I am co-convener of two research seminars at the Institute of Historical Research, London, on Imperial and World History and on Christian Missions in Global History. 

Areas of specialism

  • World History
  • History of the British Empire and Commonwealth
  • History of sub-Saharan Africa
  • History of Christian Missions in Africa
  • History of Humanitarianism


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

Professional membership

Member, Royal Historical Society 


My research interests are varied, and encompass histories of the western and non-western worlds and their peoples. Research leading to publication has focused mainly on the activities of British missionaries in Africa and other parts of the non-western world. At present I am researching religious humanitarianism in the mid-twentieth century Middle East.


Number of items: 22.


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

Agnew, Eadaoin, Alliez, Eric, Auerbach, Paul, Blackburn, Robert, Botting, Fred, Brady, Mary, Caygill, Howard, Chadwick, Howard, Chanter, Tina, Choat, Simon, Chu, Jonathan, Cinpoes, Radu, Coultas, Valerie, Dines, Martin, Dixon, Paul, Favretto, Ilaria, Finn, Peter, Giaxoglou, Korina, Goldsmith, Carlie, Hallward, Peter, Hawkins, Sue, Haywood, Peter, Higginbottom, Andrew, Ichijo, Atsuko, Isaac, Marina, Jensen, Meg, Kayyali, Reem, Kettyle, Ann, Lambrou, Marina, Latimer, Amanda, Linton, Marisa, Lipsedge, Karen, Malabou, Catherine, O Maoilearca, John, McQuillan, Martin, Micklethwaite, Paul, Morgan Wortham, Simon, O'Brien, Catherine, Osborne, Peter, Pinnock, Winsome, Piper, Jason, Ponto, Maria, Raphael, Sam, Reid, Trish, Roberts, Mike, Rogers, David, Sandford, Stella, Searby, Michael, Siddiki, Jalal Uddin, Smart, Jackie, Spencer, Philip, Stockhammer, Engelbert, Stuart, John, Suess, Eleanor, Swift, Allan, Upstone, Sara, Vallee-Tourangeau, Frederic, Wells, Julian and Wilson, Scott (2014) Education should be a right for all. The Guardian,

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) 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) 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) "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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