Lloyd Roberts

Lloyd Roberts


I studied for both my undergraduate history degree and MA in Modern History at the University of Leeds. Following the completion of my MA in September 2018, I opted to stay at Leeds to undertake a PhD from October 2018 with the help of a White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) Doctoral Studentship.

Research interests

My doctoral thesis looks at British imperial representations of Zulu violence, and how, and to what extent, violence became a constructive element of Zulu ethnicity in the second half of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. It also focuses on the intersection between imperial knowledge and African society. Namely, the roles Zulu people played in shaping their own ethnicity and identity and how that shaped and influenced imperial perceptions of Zuluness.


I have experience teaching on the following modules:

  • HIST1055: Historiography and Historical Skills I designed and delivered the stream: Ethnicity, Race and Empire: Histories of Zulu Violence c. 1820the present. 
  • HIST 1210: The Modern World
  • HIST3723: Apartheid in South Africa: Origins, Impact and Legacy.

Professional Experience

Between September and December 2020, with the help of WRoCAH’s Researcher Employability Project (REP) scheme, I worked on one of the BBC’s flagship podcasts, You’re Dead To Me. I provided the research for the following episodes:

  • The Asante Empire
  • The Ancient Babylonians

And research and script for the following episode:

  • Chevalier de Saint-Georges

I was asked back by the podcast to work on their Christmas special in the autumn of 2021 and provided research for the following episode:

  • Medieval Christmas 

The episodes can be found on BBC Sounds


  • BA (hons), University of Leeds
  • MA in Modern History, University of Leeds