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Professor Andrew Chandler

Professor in Modern History | 01243 816162

Andrew Chandler is Professor in Modern History in the Department of History. He studied at the Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge before lecturing at the Universities of Birmingham and Keele. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of British Columbia.

He established the George Bell Institute to support the work of international scholars and thinkers at the Queen's Foundation in Birmingham in 1996 and brought it to the University of Chichester in 2007. The work of many of those who became Fellows of the Institute continues to define much in his own research.

Andrew Chandler's interests embrace the interrelationship between politics, religion and diplomacy across the twentieth century. His work shows a particular commitment to Britain and Continental Europe, to issues of church and state, democracy and dictatorship, and to the evolution of international organizations.

His work has often emphasized the history of the Church of England but it has also insisted on a variety of ecumenical perspectives. His 2005 study of the history of the Church Commissioners, 1948-1998, broke new ground in integrating the themes of religion, politics and international investments.

With the American historian, David Hein, he published in 2012 a biographical study of Archbishop Fisher. He has also published studies of the relations between churches across the twentieth century, most recently a volume of the reports sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury from the Second Vatican Council. His biography of George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, 1929-1958, will be published by Eerdmans in 2016.

He is currently completing a book on the British churches and Nazi Germany (for Cambridge University Press) and a study of Archbishop Lang (for Ashgate).

He is also preparing a new international publication on ‘Intellectual Freedom and the Church’, editing the papers and speeches of George Bell (with the German historian Gerhard Ringshausen, for Bloomsbury) and contributing articles on the churches in Europe and North America to a new three-volume global history of Christianity (for the publishers EJ Brill and Kohlhammer).

Committed to interdisciplinary and international collaboration, Andrew Chandler has organized a succession of conferences in the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy and Poland. He has also been responsible for a number of public commemorations which have integrated historical, religious and political dimensions and institutions.

He has served on various councils, boards and panels and chairs an international board overseeing the Ashgate Archbishops of Canterbury series. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2010.

Andrew Chandler teaches undergraduate courses in modern British, European and American history. He has also supervised post-graduate students in modern British political and religious history.



Selected recent publications

The Church of England in the Twentieth Century: The Church Commissioners and the Politics of Reform, 1948-1998 (Boydell, 2005).

Archbishop Fisher: Church, State and World, 1945-1964 (with David Hein) (Ashgate, 2012)

Observing Vatican II: The Confidential Reports of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative, Bernard Pawley 1961-1964 (with Charlotte Hansen) (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Evangelicalism, Piety and Politics: The Selected Writings of W.R. Ward (Ashgate, 2014)

Piety and Provocation: The Life and World of George Bell (forthcoming: Eerdmans, 2016)

PHD Supervision

Andrew is delighted to support post-graduate students in modern British political and religious history.

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