Dr Alan MacLeod

Dr Alan MacLeod


I completed my PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2012 and in the same year joined the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow on the AHRC-funded ‘Cultures of Intelligence’ project. I was subsequently appointed to a Teaching Fellowship. I was appointed Lecturer in Modern British History in 2019.


  • Deputy Director of Student Education

Research interests

I am a historian of modern Britain and Ireland, with an emphasis on the post-1945 period. My research has focused on the Troubles in Northern Ireland, post-war British politics, diplomatic history, terrorism, and the development of the British intelligence services and the secret state.

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  • PhD (University of Glasgow)
  • MPhil by Research (University of Glasgow)
  • MA (Hons) (University of Glasgow)

Student education

I teach on the history of modern Britain, with a particular focus on the twentieth century. I run two survey courses introducing students to the social, economic, and political themes in twentieth century Britain. I also run a module on the ‘Breaking of Modern Britain’ at Level 3 and a special subject on the Northern Ireland conflict.

Research groups and institutes

  • Politics, Diplomacy, and International History