Ashley Jackson is Professor of Imperial and Military History at King’s College London and a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford. He has published widely on aspects of British imperial history, with a special interest in the Empire during times of war and with regional specialisms in the history of Africa and the Indian Ocean region. He has also written on the popular culture of the British Empire, the Empire’s built environment, and Winston Churchill, and has contributed entries to the Dictionary of National Biography. He joined the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London in 2004 after eight years as a Research Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford, and a brief spell as Lecturer in Imperial and Commonwealth History at Oxford Brookes University. He completed his British Academy-funded master’s (1993) and doctorate (1996) at New College, Oxford, where he also served as Junior Dean. As a member of King’s Defence Studies Department, Jackson teaches at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and spent two years teaching at the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Jackson has lectured and presented conference and seminar papers at many British and overseas universities, colleges, schools, and museums. He has given talks at events such as the Oxford Literary Festival, the Blenheim/Woodstock Literary Festival, the Chalke Valley History Festival, and Intelligence Squared live debates. He regularly presents to societies and friends’ groups such as the Friends of the Bodleian Library, the Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum, the University of the Third Age, and the Prince’s Teaching Institute. He has been invited to address special lecture series such as the BBC History Magazine Lectures at the British Academy, the Royal Over-Seas League and The Round Table centenary lectures, and the Churchill War Rooms Churchill Lecture Series. He has lectured at the Irish, Kenyan, Nigerian, and Sri Lankan staff colleges, NATO Allied Joint Force Command Lisbon, and the Royal College of Defence Studies, as well as to numerous British military units including 3 (UK) Division, the Special Air Service, and the British Peace Support Team (East Africa).

Jackson is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine and reviews manuscripts and book proposals for leading academic journals and publishers as well as funding bids submitted to the UK and international higher education research councils. Since 2000 he has been a regular contributor to Oxford University Department of Continuing Education courses and events, including the Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies and the weekly class programme, and has presented special lecture series on the British Empire and the built environment of the British Empire. He is on the editorial boards of the American journal Global War Studies and the British journal The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, published by Routledge Taylor & Francis, and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Helion book series ‘War and Military Culture in South Asia, 1757-1947’. Jackson served on the Development Group of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, as chair of its Advisory Panel and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Focus Group for the ‘Queen Victoria’s Journals’ project run by the Bodleian Library, ProQuest, and the Royal Archives.

Academic administration roles have included external examiner for BA programmes at Birmingham, Leeds, and Sheffield universities, and Jackson has examined numerous doctoral theses. He was Director of Research for King’s Defence Studies Department (2010-13) and a member of the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy Research Strategy Group. Between 2011 and 2013 he was the REF penholder for the Defence Studies Department as part of the King’s College submission to REF Sub Panel 21 (Politics and International Studies). Between 2014 until 2016 he was Vice Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, and is currently a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College.

Jackson convenes the British Empire at War Research Group (http://britishempireatwar.org), an international scholarly network. He co-convened the joint King’s College London–Oxford Brookes University ‘International and Military Studies’ seminar series (2009-2011) and the Oxford University ‘New Approaches to the History of the Second World War’ seminar series (1999). He was co-investigator with Dr Yasmin Khan on the AHRC-funded project ‘Home Fronts of the Empire–Commonwealth: Imperial Connections and Social Transformations during the Second World War’ (2012-14).

For online interviews with Ashley Jackson on working as an historian, see the ‘Featured Scholar’ interview with the British Scholar Society (http://britishscholar.org/publications/2011/06/01/june-july-2011-ashley-jackson/) and the ‘Research Focus’ profile on the King’s College School of Social Science & Public Policy website (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/research/resfocus/ajackson.aspx).

For discussions of The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013), see the OUP videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvsYLE1j93Q on defining the British Empire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVt690uXjwI on the legacies of the British Empire

For an introduction to Buildings of Empire (Oxford University Press, 2013), see:




For the Intelligence Squared live debate on the motion ‘Britain’s Former Colonies Should Stop Blaming the Empire for Their Ills’ (2011)