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Professor Hanna Diamond

Professor Hanna Diamond

Acting Head of School and Professor in French

School of Modern Languages

+44 (0)29 2087 9591
1.06, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


My work revolves around the social and cultural history of France during the Second World War and the memory of these events.  I am currently working on how the Second World War in France is presented in museums.

I have co-curated: 1940: Les Parisiens dans l’exode/ 1940: Parisians in the exodus is running until 13 December 2020 at the Musée de la Libération de Paris -musée du general Leclerc- musée Jean Moulin, 4 avenue du colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Place Denfert -Rochereau, Paris 14e

You can read an article about it here.

I use a variety of sources for my research including oral and written testimony and am interested in issues around digital testimony. I have developed an interactive website ( to enable people to post family stories of their experiences of Occupied Europe during the Second World War.

I work with a number of non-academic partners in the UK and abroad including radio and television producers, the SNCF (French Railways) and a number of French museums including in Paris, the Musée de la Libération de Paris -musée du general Leclerc- musée Jean Moulin and the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération.


I completed both my undergraduate and postgraduate careers at the University of Sussex. I gained an ESRC-CNRS scholarship to undertake my DPhil research in France. In 1992, I was awarded a History DPhil on “Women and the Second World War in the Toulouse region”.

After several years working in a variety of Parisian higher education institutions (Université de Paris III: La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-aux-Roses, Université de Paris X: Nanterre), I was appointed lecturer at the University of Bath in 1993.

I took up a Chair at Cardiff University in September 2014.

Editorial and External Examination

Co-series editor of the University of Wales Press series: French and Francophone Studies with C. Gorrara (Cardiff University)

Referee for the following journals: American Historical Review, Modern and Contemporary France, Women’s History Review, European History Quarterly, Women’s Studies International Forum, Journal for Memory Studies, French Historical Studies

Reader and reviewer for the following publishers: Berg, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, University of Wales Press, University of Manchester Press,

2011-Present: External Examiner for MA in European Studies at UCL

2010-2014: External examiner for MRes degree in Modern Languages at University of Southampton

2006-2009: External examiner for French degree programmes at Cardiff University

External Examiner for PhDs at University of Birmingham (2011) and the University of Southampton (2008).

School Roles

2014:   Directory of Postgraduate Research

Deputy Director of Research

School Impact Champion

Honours and awards

  • April 2015: Honorary Friend of the Archive of Resistance Testimony, The Keep, University of Sussex
  • October 2014: Consultant for an oral history exhibition on the lives of French Railway workers being held at the Archives Nationales in Paris
  • September 2014: Consultant on oral history and visual cultures for the Heritage Lottery Funded project on Building Wales for Peace led by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs
  • October 2013: Chair of the History Panel, South West and Wales, AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
  • April 2013: Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society






  • Diamond, H. 2014. France in 1940: images of refugees. In: Martens, S. and Prauser, S. eds. La guerre de 1940 se battre, subir, se souvenir. Presse Universitaires de Septrentrion, pp. 195-209.

















I am teach on the first and second year transnational modules as well as on the MA on Global Cultures. I am module convenor for the Final Year dissertations in French and am interesting in supervising a wide range of topics relating to French History and Politics.

I am interested in people’s everyday life experiences of wae and have published books on women and gender in France during the Second World War as well as on the effects of the defeat of France in 1940.
I am currently working on projects relating to:
  • the portrayal of the Second World War, and in particular the Resistance, in Second World War museums across Europe
  • Homecomings: the end of the Second World War in France.


I welcome applications from PhD students interested in all aspects of French Twentieth Century History and Politics particularly in relation to gender and oral history. I have particular expertise on France and the Second World War, and on Gender and Politics in France.  I am currently working on projects relating to the memory of conflict and the representation of the Second World War in museums and would be keen to supervise in this area.

I have supervised five students to completion and am currently supervising five students on various topics related to French History and/or Gender and Politics.

Current supervision

Daniel Baker

Daniel Baker

Research student


Sam Young

Research student