Ashley Jackson

Visiting Fellow

Ashley Jackson is Professor of Imperial and Military History at King’s College London.  He joined King’s Defence Studies Department in 2004 after eight years as a Research Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford, and a brief spell as Lecturer in Imperial and Commonwealth History at Oxford Brookes University. He completed his British Academy-funded master’s (1993) and doctorate (1996) at New College, Oxford. He has contributed to numerous Oxford University Department for Continuing Education events and courses since 2000. His research concentrates on aspects of British imperial and military history, with regional expertise relating to sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean region. He is on the editorial boards of the journals Global War Studies and The Round Table: The Journal of Commonwealth International Affairs, co-convenes the British Empire at War Research Group (, and is a member of the Academic Advisory Panel of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. Jackson has written numerous articles and chapters on aspects of British imperial history, and the following books:

Botswana 1939–45: An African Country at War (OUP, 1999)
War and Empire in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean (Macmillan, 2001)
The British Empire and the Second World War (Continuum, 2006)
Mad Dogs and Englishmen: A Grand Tour of the British Empire at its Height (Quercus, 2009)
Distant Drums: The Role of Colonies in British Imperial Warfare (Sussex Academic Press, 2010)
Illustrating Empire: A Visual History of British Imperialism (Bodleian Library/University of Oxford, 2011) (with David Tomkins)
Churchill (Quercus, 2011)
Buildings of Empire (OUP, 2013)
The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2013)