ABOUT ME

Rachel Pistol joined King’s College London in 2018 as a digital historian on the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) and is the National Coordinator of EHRI-UK. 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.

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

She has a wide range of research interests and areas of expertise 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

  • Parallels between the history of the 1930s and 1940s and current events

  • Commemoration and the preservation of historical sites

  • Internment camp economies

  • The history of racism and discrimination

  • 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 experiences in the UK, refugee trajectories, and digital approaches to immigration and internment history.