Helen Mccartney

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Helen Mccartney, PhD
Department of Defense Studies
Kings College London, UK

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Helen McCartney is a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies. Before joining the Defence Studies Department in 2000 she held posts as a Scouloudi Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and as a research assistant for the King’s Research Unit into Combat Syndromes, King’s College London. She holds a BA degree from the University of Warwick and MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. Her research examines British civil-military relations from both contemporary and historical perspectives. She is author of Citizen Soldiers (2005) and The Somme (co-authored with Robert T. Foley, 2006) and has published articles in the British Medical Journal, British Journal of Psychiatry and International Affairs. She is currently researching a new social and cultural history of the First World War, writing a series of articles on the contemporary relationship between the armed forces and British society and is co-investigator on a joint project examining the ‘lessons learned’ systems of the UK and US armed forces. Her knowledge exchange activities include reports for the US Department of Defense (2001) and Directorate of Army Personnel Strategy, UK Army (2007). She is a councillor of the Army Records Society (2007 – 2010), a member of Comite Scientifique, Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne, (2008 - ) and an historical advisor to the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (2010- ).

Research Interest

War and Society in the Twentieth Century First World War Military History War Syndromes in the Twentieth Century Civil-Military Relations Climate change