Professor Simon C Smith

Professor of International History/ Exams Officer

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 465172

Prof Simon C Smith has lectured in international history since his appointment to the University of Hull in 1997. He was promoted to Professor in 2008.

He was awarded a first class degree in history at the Royal Holloway, University of London, in 1989, winning prizes for the best degree in both his school and faculty.

Having been granted a British Academy Major Studentship, Prof Smith stayed on at Royal Holloway to read for a PhD.

In 1992-3, he was a Scouloudi Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, and he became a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 1994.


Research Interests

  • British imperialism and decolonisation in South-East Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East

  • Post-war Anglo-American relations

Research groups

International Advisory Board, Journal of Maltese History (2008)


Smith S C, The Wilson-Johnson Correspondence, 1964-1969, Ashgate (2015)

Smith S C, Ending Empire in the Middle East: Britain, the United States and Post-war Decolonisation, 1945-73, Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern History (2012)

Smith S C, Reassessing Suez 1956: New Perspectives on the Crisis and its Aftermath, Ashgate Publishing (2008)

Smith S C, Kuwait, 1950-65: Britain, the al-Sabah, and Oil, Oxford University Press (1999)

Smith S C, Britain's Revival and Fall in the Gulf: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the Trucial States, 1950-71, RoutledgeCurzon (2004)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Asia and the World since the late 19th Century

  • Imperialism, nationalism, and decolonization: Britain in South-East Asia, c. 1850-1950

  • Wars, Crises and Revolutions: The Middle East, 1945-73

  • Britain, the US and the Middle East, 1945-62

  • The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Decolonisation: The Transition from British Rule in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (MA option)

Research PhDs

  • 20th-century British imperialism and decolonialisation in South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean

  • Post-war Anglo-American relations

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Higher Education Teaching Certificate, University of Hull

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, History, Royal Holloway, University of London (1993)

  • BA History, First Class, Royal Holloway, University of London (1989)

External roles

  • Member of Council, Friends of the National Archives (2005-11)

  • International Advisory Board, Journal of Maltese History (2008- )

Awards and accolades

  • 1989 Martin Holloway Prize awarded for the best degree in the Faculties Arts and Music, Royal Holloway, University of London

  • 1989 Derby/Bryce Prize awarded for the best degree in the School of History, University of London

  • 2002 British Academy Small Research Grant

  • 2004 AHRC Research Leave

  • 2006 British Academy British Conference Grant

  • 2007 British Academy Small Research Grant

Professional highlights

Conference organiser for ‘Reassessing Suez Fifty Years On’, Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull, 25-26 July 2006