Dr Matthew Kerry

Lecturer in European History

History Stirling

Dr Matthew Kerry

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About me

I am a social and cultural historian of modern Spain and much of my work examines the meaning and practice of politics in everyday life. My first book, Unite, Proletarian Brothers! Radicalism and Revolution in the Spanish Second Republic, was published in open access in 2020. I've discussed some of the key ideas more on the Royal Historical Society's Historical Transactions blog and on the History of the Second World War podcast.

Before setting out on an academic career, I briefly worked as an English teacher in Oviedo in northern Spain and studied for an MA in Contemporary History at the Universidad de Zaragoza (2011). I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield (2015) and after a stint teaching at Loughborough I moved across the pond to Toronto to take up a position as postdoctoral fellow at York University. After a year of sampling baked goods with holes in the middle and with little improvement in my skating skills, I crossed back across the Atlantic to join Durham University. After Durham, I spent a period as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Ibero-American Studies at the University of Leeds and as a DAAD fellow at the Institute for Social Movements in Bochum, Germany, during which I undertook a thorough sampling of the region's famed currywurst. I joined Stirling in 2019.

Appointments and Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Royal Historical Society
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History, University of Edinburgh (2020-2)
  • [Former] Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds (2018-20)


Unite, Proletarian Brothers! Radicalism and Revolution in the Spanish Second Republic, 1931–1936, London: University of London Press, 2020.

"The Bones of Contention: The Secularization of Cemeteries and Funerals in the Spanish Second Republic". European History Quarterly, vol. 49, no. 1 (2019), pp. 73–95

"Radicalisation, Community and the Politics of Protest in the Spanish Second Republic: Asturias, 1931–34", English Historical Review, 132, no. 555 (2017), pp. 318–343

"Painted Tonsures and Potato-sellers: Priests, Passing and Survival in the Asturian Revolution", Cultural & Social History, vol. 14, no. 2 (2017), pp. 237–255