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 focused on transnational networks of protest and resistance in religious communities in the 1960s, particularly those connected to global and national anti-racism campaigns. She has recently authored an essay on the relationship between Martin Luther King, Jr., St Paul's Cathedral, and anti-apartheid networks.
Her 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.
Hannah is currently involved in a number of research and networking projects in collaboration with the RHS, Historical Association, and the Runnymede Trust, among others, which are aimed at exploring and redressing structural racial inequalities in the historical discipline, including diversifying and 'decolonising' history curricula and developing and strengthening the 'pipeline' of development for BME students to reach the highest levels of the profession in greater numbers.
Key research areas of interest:
- Religion and public life in the twentieth century, Britain and Atlantic world
- Race, postcolonialism and decolonisation
- WW2 propaganda and media history
- Transnational anti-racism and social justice campaigns in the twentieth century
- Public history
- Radical history
- Cultural history
- Ecumenism and multi-faith collaboration
- Christianity, social Christianity and Christian feminism