Dr Dan Todman

Senior Lecturer

Location Arts Two 3.10.

Email: d.w.todman@qmul.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8373

I joined Queen Mary in 2003. I did my first degree at LSE, for whom I made an embarrassingly brief appearance on University Challenge, and completed a PhD at Cambridge. I then taught at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. As well as my teaching and research, I run the School of History’s School Liaison and Widening Participation programme.


I work on the social, military and cultural history of Britain in both world wars, with a particular interest in intersection between home and fighting fronts and the remembrance of conflict. I am currently working on a major new history of Britain’s Second World War, as well as undertaking research with my undergraduate students into London’s experience of the First World War. 

Current PhD Students

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the areas above and the following areas:

  • the operational military history of British forces in either world war
  • contemporary remembrance of war and conflict
  • the oral history of wartime experiences and attitudes
  • military motivations and morale
  • the political framework of remembrance
  • ‘war culture’ in Britain and the Empire, 1939-1945





  • D. Todman, ‘Defining Deaths: Richard Titmuss’s Problems of Social Policy and the Meaning of Britain’s Second World War’ in N. Martin and P. Purseigle, eds, Aftermath: Memories of War in Europe, 1918, 1945, 1989 (Ashgate, forthcoming)
  • D. Todman, ‘Representing the First World War in Britain: The 90th Anniversary of the Somme’ in H. Herwig and M. Keren, eds., War Memory and Popular Culture (Ottawa, McFarland, 2009)
  • D. Todman, ‘The First World War in Contemporary British Popular Culture’ in H. Jones et al, eds., Uncovering the First World War (Amsterdam, Brill, 2008)


My book, The Great War: Myth and Memory won the Times Higher Education Supplement Award for Best Young Academic Author in 2005. 

Membership of professional associations or societies 

I sit on the academic advisory panels for the Imperial War Museum’s redesign of its 1914-18 galleries and its ‘Lives of the Great War’ citizen history project. 

Appearances in the media