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Vanessa Rockel

Vanessa Rockel is the IHR's History Community Liaison Officer and is Managing Editor of 'Reviews in History' 

Vanessa is responsible for engaging with historians and generating academic related content across a range of formats and media.  As Managing Editor of Reviews in History, she is also responsible for its commissioning, editing and promotion.; tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8747

Institute roles

Vanessa is the Managing Editor of the IHR's Reviews in History. As Managing Editor, Reviews in History, Vanessa is responsible for the content and development of the Institute's digital reviews service.

Vanessa joined the IHR in 2014. Before this, she worked at School of Advanced Study (SAS): first as a Research Officer in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies on the Ruth First Papers and the Commonwealth Oral History projects; and then as a Research Degree Officer in SAS Central.

Vanessa has degrees in Middle Eastern and Islamic history, and the history of the Special Operations Executive. She worked for 12 years as a historical research consultant on First Nations history for the Canadian government, as well as on 20th-century American and British intelligence history for a range of historical publications. 

Vanessa's publications

Oral history interviews for the Ruth First Project

(with Matt Mahon), ‘The Ruth First Papers Project: digitising the Ruth First archive’, Review of African Political Economy, 41 (2014), 12-17.