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Dr Daniel Laqua

Associate Professor

Department: Humanities

Daniel is a historian of modern and contemporary Europe, with a particular interest in movements and organisations whose activities trancended national boundaries. In this context, he has worked on the causes promoted by socialists, anarchists, pacifists, humanitarians, student activists and anti-racist camaigners.


Daniel joined Northumbria University in 2009, having previously worked as a Teaching Fellow at University College London (UCL). Between 2013 and 2018, he served as Programme Leader for the BA History and BA History & Politics courses at Northumbria, and between 2010 and 2014, he coordinated Northumbria University's European exchanges across the Humanities. From 2017 to 2019, he served as Head of History, and in 2020, he became Director of Education in the Department of Humanities.


Daniel's teaching covers a wide range in modern and contemporary history, including the option modules 'Into the Dark Valley: Europe, 1919–1939', 'Where Have All the Good Times Gone: Crisis and Change in Western Europe, 1965–1987' and 'Peace, Love and Understanding: International Political Activism in the 19thand 20thCenturies'. He also convenes the MA/MRes module 'History in the Digital Age: Institutions, Issues and Ideas'. Daniel teaching has been recognised via a Provost’s Teaching Award at UCL and through two accolates in the teaching awards run by Northumbria University Students' Union ('Best Lecturer' award in 2013; 'Committee Highly Commended' award in 2016). Daniel has supervised 5 PhD theses to completion and is currently the principal supervisor for 3 PhD projects. 


Daniel has organised 16 academic conferences or workshops and has been involved in collaborative projects with historians in Belgium, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. Together with Georgina Brewis (UCL Institute of Education), he is currently leading a series of intertwined projects that investigate the impact of the First World War on university life.

Daniel Laqua


  • History PhD
  • History MSt
  • History BA (Hons)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Daniel’s research deals with transnational movements and associations in 19th/20th-century Europe. He is particularly interested in competing conceptualisations of global order, the ways in which campaigners sought to effect change at the international level, and the relationship between nationalism and internationalism. Daniel has special expertise in the history of international organisations, covering the work of the League of Nations as well as the associations set up by activists. He has edited two volumes that relate to this research area, Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational Ideas and Movements between the World Wars (London, 2011) and, with Wouter Van Acker and Christophe Verbruggen, International Organizations and Global Civil Society: Histories of the Union of International Associations (London, 2019).


Daniel first monograph – The Age of Internationalism and Belgium, 1880–1930: Peace, Progress and Prestige – was published by Manchester University Press in 2013. The study examined European internationalism through the prism of congresses, conferences and campaigns that took place in Belgium. Moreover, in a range of articles, he has covered the efforts of peace groups, humanitarian campaigners, revolutionaries, student activists and intellectuals who construed their aims as transcending national categories. Much of this work is feeding into a forthcoming monograph that traces political 'campaigns beyond borders' between 1889 and 2001. Daniel has also co-edited special journal issues on histories of humanitarianism (Journal of Modern European History, 2014) and on transnational solidarities (European Review of History, 2014).


At present, Daniel is working on the history of student activism in the period from the interwar years to the early Cold War. Initial findings from his work in this area feature in a 2017 article in The English Historical Review. This project has generated funded research projects (run together with Georgina Brewis, UCL Institute of Education) and collaborations with the National Union of Students and the Workers’ Educational Associations.

Key Publications

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  • Rebuilding the Universities after the Great War, Brewis, G., Hellawell, S., Laqua, D. 2020, In: History
  • International Organizations and Global Civil Society: Histories of the Union of International Associations, Laqua, D., Van Acker, W., Verbruggen, C. 21 Mar 2019
  • Rocking Against the Right, Laqua, D. 1 Oct 2018, In: History Workshop Journal
  • Activism in the 'Students' League of Nations': International Student Politics and the Confédération Internationale des Étudiants, 1919–1939, Laqua, D. 4 Jul 2017, In: The English Historical Review
  • Democratic Politics and the League of Nations: The Labour and Socialist International as a Protagonist of Interwar Internationalism, Laqua, D. May 2015, In: Contemporary European History
  • Freethinkers, Anarchists and Francisco Ferrer: The Making of a Transnational Solidarity Campaign, Laqua, D. 4 Sep 2014, In: European Review of History
  • Pacifism in Fin-de-Siècle Austria: The Politics and Limits of Peace Activism, Laqua, D. Mar 2014, In: The Historical Journal
  • The Age of Internationalism and Belgium, 1880-1930: peace, progress and prestige, Laqua, D. 2013
  • Transnational intellectual cooperation, the League of Nations, and the problem of order, Laqua, D. 2011, In: Journal of Global History
  • Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational ideas and movements between the World Wars, Laqua, D. Feb 2011

PGR Supervision

  • James Taylor Start: 01/10/2015
  • Rowan Thompson The Peculiarities of British Militarism: The Air and Navy Leagues in Interwar Britain Start: 01/10/2016
  • Paul Simpson Socialism, Internationalism and Zionism: The Independent Labour Party and Palestine, c. 1917-1939 Start: 01/05/2017
  • Sophie Roberts British Women Activists and the Campaigns against the Vietnam War, 1965-75 Start: 15/02/2017


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