Research Fellows

CMorelonDr Claire Morelon (PhD, MA), Junior Research Fellow in the History of the Great War, the Queen’s College.

Claire is a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen’s College. Her PhD thesis explored daily life in Prague between 1914 and 1920. Her postdoctoral research focuses on the war experience of adolescents in the Bohemian Lands (1914-1922) and the mobilisation through Catholicism for the Habsburg war effort. She is interested in how people made sense of war through faith, and how the unrest of the postwar period can be seen in continuity with the wartime upheavals.

gabriele_freiDr Gabriela Frei DPhil (Oxon) MSt (Oxon) Lic.phil., British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior Research Fellow in History, Jesus College, History Faculty.

Gabriela is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow and she joined Jesus College as a Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow. She is interested in the relationship between war, law, trade, and strategy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her postdoctoral research project examines how the understanding of a legal international order changed as a result of the First World War, and how a new international economic order emerged during the interwar period.

Jaclyn GranickDr Jaclyn Granick (PhD. MA), Newton International Fellow postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of History and Junior Research Fellow in modern history, St Peter’s College.

Jaclyn completed her PhD in international history at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland in summer 2015. She is working on her first monograph, International Jewish Humanitarianism in the Age of the Great War, based on her prize-winning doctoral dissertation. She is also beginning a new project on Jewish women’s internationalism and universalism in the long twentieth century. Her research interests include interactions among transnational non-governmental organizations, states, and international organizations; religious internationalism; history and historiography of Jewish diplomacy and philanthropy; late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century institutional and diplomatic history in the United States and Europe; humanitarianism, human rights, and social reform.

patrick.houlihanDr Patrick Houlihan (Ph.D), Postdoctoral Fellow, Pembroke College, History Faculty.

Patrick is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the AHRC funded project ‘The First World War and Global Religions‘; he is supervised by Dr Adrian Gregory. Patrick has already conducted substantial archival research in Germany and Austria for his earlier work on Roman Catholicism and everyday life in the Central Powers during the war. He is author of Catholicism and the Great War: Religion and Everyday Life in Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1922 (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library (2015). He will undertake research on Roman Catholicism, specifically how the stereotypically archaic Catholic Church confronted the horrors of modern war and its global legacies.

20130708-Krause_Jonathan-UDr Jonathan Krause (Ph.D MA), AHRC Early Career Fellow in History, Worcester College, History Faculty.

Jonathan is a Research Fellow with the Globalising and Localising the Great War project from 1 December 2015 until 30 September 2017, working on the AHRC funded research project ‘Rebellion and Mobilisation in French and German Colonies, 1914-1918′. As PI of the project, Jonathan will be working with Co-I Dr Jan-Georg Deutsch (University of Oxford), and researchers Julie d’Andurain (Université Paris-Sorbonne) and Richard Fogarty (State University New York, Albany).

Rachel MooreDr Rachel Moore (PhD Lond, MMus), Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, New College, Faculty of Music.

Rachel pursued doctoral studies at Royal Holloway, University of London with a thesis on music and propaganda in Paris during the First World War, supervised by Professor Katharine Ellis. She came to Oxford in 2011 as a Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at New College, Oxford, before taking up the post of Junior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Music at Worcester College. Rachel is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Music at Oxford, with a college attachment at New College.

Rachel has broad research interests in French music and culture of the early twentieth century, with a particular focus on the First World War. She has written articles on musical life during WWI, and is currently preparing her first monograph on the subject, entitled Performing Propaganda: Musical Life and Culture in Paris, 1914–1918. For the 2014 centenary of WWI, Rachel has spoken widely on musical life during the conflict, notably for the National Trust and at a pre-concert talk at Conway Hall, London. She has participated in radio broadcasts including Radio 4’s ‘1914–1918: The Cultural Front’, and Radio 2’s ‘Great War Ballads and La Belle Époque’, and in 2014 she worked in collaboration with the British Library to co-organise an international three-day conference, ‘The Music of War: 1914–1918’ ( Her Leverhulme-funded research examines the role of music in shaping concepts of ‘Allied’ identity during the First World War, focussing on a range of instances of musical exchange between Paris and London, from the cross-channel enterprises of touring theatrical troupes, to mass ‘Allied’ concerts, or street music performed by French and British soldier-musicians on leave.

Rachel is a network associate of the ‘Francophone Music Criticism, 1789–1914’ project ( and a researcher on the Oxford-based ‘London Stage, 1800–1900’ project.

HusseinHussein A H Omar, AHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Pembroke College, History Faculty.

Hussein is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the AHRC funded project ‘The First World War and Global Religions‘; he is supervised by Dr Faisal Devji. Hussein’s research examines the anticolonial insurrectionary movements in Egypt and Iraq between 1919-1920. His project will focus on ideas about sectarianism and ecumenism, not only between religions but within them. The project builds on his doctoral thesis, ‘The Rule of Strangers’, which examined political ideas, as well as the very emergence of politics as an autonomous category, in Egypt between 1869 and 1914. Other areas of research interest include: how the property endowed to God (waqf) was managed by the colonial and postcolonial state; the limits of pan-Islamism as a political project; and Muslim sovereignty and kingship, before, after and during the Ottoman defeat.