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Dr Matilda Greig

Dr Matilda Greig

Research Associate

School of English, Communication and Philosophy


I am a Research Associate for the AHRC-funded project 'Strange Meetings: Enemy Encounters, 1800-2020', working with Professor Holly Furneaux. The project explores encounters with the enemy in literature and soldiers' life writings throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, offering a new understanding of the ways in which announcements of fellow feeling for the enemy work to both challenge and enable militarism.

I am a specialist in the cultural history of warfare, with particular expertise in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic period and the 'long' nineteenth century. My first monograph, Dead Men Telling Tales: Napoleonic War Veterans and the MIlitary Memoir Industry, 1808-1914, was published in June 2021 by Oxford University Press. In this book, I draw on my doctoral research on the hundreds of autobiographical military memoirs published by veterans from all sides of the Peninsular War in Spain and Portugal over the course of the nineteenth century. My findings reveal these memoirs to have been a transnational, cross-Atlantic publishing phenomenon which was fundamental in defining the modern 'soldier's tale'.

My research has also been published in History Workshop Journal, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and the Sorbonne doctoral journal Hypothèses.


I joined Cardiff in October 2020, having previously held research and teaching fellowships at University College Dublin and Sciences Po. I completed my PhD at the European University Institute in Florence in 2018.

Academic positions

  • 2020-present: Research Associate, Cardiff University
  • 2019-2020: Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, University College Dublin (War Studies Centre)
  • 2018-2019: Teaching Fellow, Sciences Po (Reims Campus)

Speaking engagements



  • Seminari GRIMSE, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (2021)
  • Rethinking Modern Europe Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research (2019)
  • Political Culture and National Identities Research Group, Leiden University (2017)

Areas of expertise

External profiles