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Prof Chris Williams 

Education and Qualifications

BA (Hons.) in Modern History, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 1985

Ph.D.   University of Wales (Cardiff) 1991: ‘Democratic Rhondda: Politics and Society, 1885-1951’

Career Overview 

2013 to present: Professor of History and Head of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University

2010-2013: Director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities and Deputy Head of the College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University

2005-2013: Professor of Welsh History, Swansea University

2001-2004: Professor of Modern and Contemporary Wales, University of Glamorgan

1988-2001: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in History, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University

Teaching Profile

I teach and supervise broadly in the areas of nineteenth- and twentieth- century British and Welsh history.

Membership and External Activity

Royal Commissioner, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Currently Chair of the Publications Committee, with responsibility for overseeing the Royal Commission’s publications programme (both print and digital). Member of the Archive Committee and the Investigations Committee. Ex-officio member of the Effectiveness Committee.

Sub-Panel Member, Research Excellence Framework 2014, Sub-Panel 30 (History)

Member, AHRC Peer Review College

Trustee, Glamorgan County History Trust

Series Editor (with R. A. Griffiths and Eryn White) of Studies in Welsh History monograph series, published by the University of Wales Press.

Advisory Editor (Wales) for Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Editorial Advisory Board member, Welsh History Review

Editorial Advisory Board member, Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, Transactions


  • ‘Collier’s Son: Richard Burton and the Heritage of Coalmining’, Big Pit Blaenafon 30th Anniversary Lecture, 2013
  • ‘Richard Burton and Wales’, Toronto Welsh Society St David’s Day Dinner, 2013
  • ‘ “For the Money We Will Dance”: Richard Burton’s Wealth of Talent’, The Art of Business and the Business of Art Conference, Singapore Management University, 2012
  • ‘Championing the “Alien Church”: The Religious Politics of Edwardian Wales – In Cartoons’, Friends of St David’s Cathedral Annual Lecture, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, 2012
  • ‘Sculpting the History of Wales’ – Guest Lecture at the University of Michigan (Flint), 2012