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

  • Ian Kikuchi – British film propaganda and the war against Japan 1941-1946
  • David Liebler – British Strategy in World War I

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