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Chris Smith


  • 6 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research Interests

I am an historian of modern Britian. With a particular interest in intelligence and espionage history and the Home Front during the Second World War, my work has focussed on the dynamics of class and gender on secret organisations. At present I am writing a biography of John Cairncross, the so-called "fifth man" of the Cambridge Five spyring. 


I joined Coventry University in February 2017, prior to which I taught at Bournemouth University, the University of Kent and Worcester University. I read history at Aberystwyth University where I stayed on further to complete both an MA and PhD. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Wales

30 Sep 20081 Jun 2013

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masculinity Social Sciences
World War Social Sciences
gender Social Sciences
resilience Social Sciences
social status Social Sciences
intelligence Social Sciences
continuity Social Sciences
Wartime Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2014 2019

  • 6 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Book
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Special issue

Sherlock Holmes and the Nazis: Fifth Columnists and the People’s War in Anglo-American Cinema, 1942-1943

Smith, C. 25 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of British Cinema and Television. 15, 3, p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Open Access
American Cinema
Sherlock Holmes

‘Bright chaps for hush-hush jobs’: masculinity, class and civilians in uniform at Bletchley Park

Smith, C. 2018 Men, Masculinities and Male Culture in the Second World War. Pattinson, J. & Robb, L. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 145-168 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

World War
1 Citations

Bletchley Park and the Development of the Rockex Cipher Systems: Building a Technocratic Culture, 1941–1945

Smith, C. 1 Apr 2017 In : War in History. 24, 2, p. 176-194 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cultural change
Cultural Change

Women in the Shadow War: Gender, Class and MI5 in the Second World War

Toy, R. & Smith, C. 6 Jul 2017 In : Women's History Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

World War
social status

Press / Media

The Conversation: Michael Foot spy allegations and why MI6 should come clean about the past

Chris Smith


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

RTÉ Documentary on One -- Richard Hayes, Nazi Codebreaker, interview

Chris Smith


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

IWA: Click On Wales -- Brexit and the Collapse of Political Courage

Chris Smith


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

BBC Radio 4 Interview for Making History

Chris Smith


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities