An aerial view of Singleton Campus and the bay opposite
Professor Martin Johnes

Professor Martin Johnes

Professor, History

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Fluent Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Office - 121
First Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision
Media Commentator


I am a historian of modern Wales and of popular culture in modern Britain.

I’ve published books and articles that look at politics, sport, race, national identity, pop music, disasters and local government. At the heart of most of my research are questions of identity. I am interested in how people think of who they are and their place in their world.

Many of these articles can be downloaded from my profile.

My research blog is

My main current research project is a book on language and education in 19th century Wales provisionally entitled: Welsh Not: Education and the Anglicization of 19th Century Wales.

I am also currently working on projects on the histories of baldness and masculinity, the England-Wales border, and the place of history in Welsh education and culture.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Sport
  • Wales
  • National identity
  • Masculinity
  • Popular culture

Languages Spoken

  • Welsh