Dr Hannah Elias
Academic and Digital Engagement Officer
Dr Hannah Elias joined the Institute in December 2017 as Academic and Digital Engagement Officer.
Before arriving at the Institute, Hannah worked as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of History at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she teaches on the global history of modern revolution. Hannah has lectured and led seminars at universities in the UK and Canada on a range of themes, including: modern British and European history, global history in the 20th century, modern Caribbean and Atlantic World history, and the World Wars.
Hannah is active in public and digital histories, and has connected with wide audiences by commissioning, editing and publishing engaging ‘histories of the present’ as the Editor of History Workshop Online. She is also a part of a working group of historians that is trying to preserve the community history of Grenfell Tower in the aftermath of the fire.
Prior to lecturing at Goldsmiths, Hannah worked at St Paul’s Cathedral where she helped co-ordinate and curate several high-profile social justice campaigns and events, including the 50th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s address at the cathedral, hosted in collaboration with the Runnymede Trust. The occasion was marked with a timely debate on race relations in the UK featuring Baroness Doreen Lawrence and received press coverage in The Guardian, Huffington Post, on Channel 4 News and ITV News.
Recently, Hannah has also worked as a heritage consultant and lead researcher for a consultancy firm based in Oxford on projects ranging from local memorial conservation to the management of historic assets at Oxbridge colleges and stately country houses. She has previously served as a historical consultant for the BBC and the Finborough Theatre in London.
Hannah is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck and a Fellow of the Raphael Samuel History Centre.
Research Interests & Publications
Hannah is a cultural historian of religion in Britain and the Atlantic World in the twentieth century. Her primary research interest concerns the relationship between religion and public life, and the negotiation and mutation of religious beliefs and customs as individuals and communities migrate, interact and experience crisis. Her recent research has also focused on the use of religion as tool of persuasion or coercion, particularly in the propaganda outputs and activities of Britain’s wartime Ministry of Information. She is currently writing a book and several articles based on her 2016 doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Radio Religion: War, Faith and the BBC, 1939-1948.’ Working with colleagues at Durham and Worcester, Hannah is also co-editing a collection of essays on Christianity and the Second World War.