Rachel Pistol joined King’s College London in 2018 as a digital historian on the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) and is currently leading two major work areas of the third phase of EHRI at King's. Prior to this, she was at the University of Exeter, working on an interdisciplinary ESRC project using data analysis, databases, and OCR software. She completed her BA, MA, and PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London under the supervision of the late Professor David Cesarani OBE. Whilst studying for her doctorate she lectured in History at Royal Holloway, winning the College Postgraduate Teaching Prize in 2016 for her innovative teaching methods. She also held a lectureship at Kingston University in Business Information Systems and Quantitative Methods. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.



She has a wide range of research interests that include:

  • Immigration and refugee history

  • Second World War internment in the UK

  • Internees deported from the UK to Canada and Australia

  • Second World War internment in the USA

  • Commemoration and the preservation of historical sites

  • Internment camp economies

  • Information management and data analysis

  • Digital research methods

Rachel Pistol is a public speaker and author on immigration history and Second World internment in the UK and the USA. She is particularly interested in the individual experiences and the memory of internment. She is currently researching the memory and memorialisation of internment camps, refugee trajectories, and the use of currency in internment camps with particular reference to money created by the Dunera Boys in Australia.