Dr Catherine Baker

School Co-Director of Learning and Teaching and Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Catherine Baker is a specialist in post-Cold War history, international relations and cultural studies, including the post-Yugoslav region in a transnational and global context.

Her research projects are connected by an overarching interest in the politics of representing, narrating and knowing about the past.

Catherine's current projects include relationships between war / the military and popular culture; the cultural politics of international events (including the Eurovision Song Contest); LGBTQ politics and identities since the late Cold War, including queer representation in media; and 'race' in the Yugoslav region.

She has also researched interpreters / translators in peacekeeping.


Research Interests

  • Popular culture (including popular music) and the entertainment industry

  • Politics of representation and memory after war and conflict

  • Cultural politics of international events (including the Eurovision Song Contest)

  • 'Aesthetic' approaches to international politics

  • Music video as a historical source

  • The Yugoslav region and south-east Europe

  • Nationalism and ethnopolitical conflict

  • Race and postcoloniality in 'postsocialist' Europe

  • Precarity, rupture and postsocialism

  • 'Military masculinities' and their presence in wider society

  • Intercultural encounters in the military

  • Interpreters/translators in peace and conflict

  • International intervention and humanitarianism

  • Transnational LGBTQ politics

  • Queer identifications with popular culture

  • Queer approaches to war, the military, and security

Research groups

  • FACE Research Streams: Heritage and Memory; Identity and Hybridity; Mobility and Migration; Transnationality


Baker C, Race and the Yugoslav Region, Manchester University Press, 2018 (in press)

Baker C, ‘The “Gay Olympics”?: The Eurovision Song Contest and the Politics of LGBT/European Belonging’, European Journal of International Relations, 23 (1): pp 97-121, 2016

Baker C, Gender in 20th Century Eastern Europe and the USSR (ed.), Palgrave, 2017

Baker C, The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, Palgrave, 2015

Baker C, Sounds of the Borderland: Popular Music, War and Nationalism in Croatia since 1991, Ashgate, 2010 - winner of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies George Blazyca Prize

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Music, Politics and Violence (3rd year undergraduate)

  • Ethnic Politics, War and Revolution: the Case of Yugoslavia (3rd year undergraduate)

Contribute to

  • Representing the Past in Film (1st year undergraduate)

  • Memory, Meaning and History (postgraduate)

Research PhDs

Dr Baker welcomes applications for postgraduate supervision (MA, MRes, PhD) in in any of her specialist research areas.

Completed PhDs

Shaun Allan, An Historical Consideration of Past Territorial Army Training and Operations in Relation to the Proposed Re-Organisation Regarding Future Reserves 2020

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2016)

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013)

  • 2016: Hull Student Led Teaching Award (Best Feedback)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Popular Music and Narratives of Identity in Croatia since 1991, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (2008)

  • MA Central and South-East European Studies, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (2004)

  • BA History, London School of Economics and Political Science (2003)

External roles

Member of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College

Co-Convenor, British International Studies Association (BISA) South-East Europe Working Group

Editorial board memberships: British Journal for Military History; East European Politics and Societies; Narodna umjetnost: Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore

Awards and accolades

  • 2012: George Blazyca Prize, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, awarded to first book, Sounds of the Borderland: Popular Music, War and Nationalism in Croatia Since 1991 (Ashgate, 2010)