Dr Matthew Kerry


I am a social and cultural historian of modern Spain whose research ranges across the fields of the political left, religion, protest and violence, with a particular interest in how politics is lived, conceptualised and contested in the everyday. I received my MA from the Universidad de Zaragoza (2011) and my PhD from the University of Sheffield (2015) prior to crossing the Atlantic to join York University as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-7). Before moving to Leeds I was an Assistant Professor in Modern European Cultural History at Durham University. I have presented the results of my research across Europe and in North America, and have been funded by the Royal Historical Society, Institute for Historical Research and the German Academic Exchange Service, amongst others.

I am currently completing a manuscript contracted with the Royal Historical Society/Institute for Historical Research entitled Unite, Proletarian Brothers! Radicalism and Revolution in the Spanish Second Republic. The book project draws on my PhD thesis which focused on radicalism, politics and collective action in the northern coalfields of Asturias during the Second Republic. I have published further articles from PhD project in the English Historical ReviewCultural & Social History, and European History Quarterly, examining topics including clerics' disguise and survival strategies and clandestine burials in 1930s Spain. 


<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD History (Sheffield, 2015)
  • MA Contemporary History (Zaragoza, 2011)
  • BA (Hons) History and Hispanic Studies (Sheffield, 2009)