Dan Renshaw

Dan Renshaw studied history at the University of Reading as both a post-grad and an undergraduate, and is Reading (almost) born and bred. His undergraduate dissertation was based around an examination of the role of the Communist Party of Great Britain during the Second World War, and his PhD thesis discussed Jewish/Irish Catholic relations with the socialist movement in East London in the late-Victorian and Edwardian periods. Dan has taught a number of different subjects at the University of Reading and Brunel University London since 2012. These include modules on the author Jack London, the British trade union movement, political extremism in Britain between the wars, the international communist movement and twentieth century European history. He has also taught on modern British politics since 1945. Dan gained his doctorate from the University of Reading in February 2016. His research interests include the history of migration into the United Kingdom, the history of the East End, Jewish history, Catholicism in Britain, the socialist and trade union movements, and the cultural, social and political history of violence in London. Other interests include rock and reggae music, Victorian gothic fiction and 1930s and 1940s cinema.