Institute Roles

Professor Philip Murphy is Director of History & Policy. He is a Professor of British and Commonwealth History at the University of London and also joint editor of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 

Philip joined the School of Advanced Study in 2009 as Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

Philip is the Principal Investigator on the The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and Commonwealth Context project.

He teaches on the MA in History, Place & Community, for which he convenes the Place & Policy module.

Research Interests

Twentieth-century British and Commonwealth history, including aspects of post-war British decolonization particularly in Africa, and post-war African politics. The British Monarchy and the Post-War Commonwealth. Also an interest in the Conservative party, right wing politics in Britain, and the European colonial empires since the nineteenth century. Intelligence History, MI5 (the Security Service) in the colonial Empire, and the activities of the British, Commonwealth and US intelligence communities in the twentieth century. Currently writing a biography of the journalist Andrew Roth.

Philip's full profile can be found in the SAS staff directory.