Alex Mayhew


  • Assistant Professor in the Social and Cultural History of the First World War, History

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Alex undertook his doctorate at the London School of Economics between 2014 and 2018 after graduating with from King’s College London in 2013 with the top first in modern history. At the LSE, he held an LSE PhD scholarship with his PhD being awarded a further international prize by the Historial de la Grande Guerre, France, in 2017. During this time, he taught in the Department of International History and on LSE100, which is the school’s flagship interdisciplinary programme for undergraduates.

After completing his thesis in 2018, he worked as an LSE Fellow for LSE100 and co-designed a social science module on Artificial Intelligence, as well as helping to redesign the programme entirely in 2020-21. Following this, he spent a year working as a Learning Developer in LSE LIFE. Outside of the LSE, he has worked as an educational consultant and helped organisations develop courses on topics such as historical skills or sustainability.

Research interests

Alex is particularly interested in the ways in which individuals navigate crises – the First World War providing an excellent case study of this. His work has explored soldiers’ morale, their sensemaking and psychologies, as well as their relationship with society and the environment. This is the topic of his first book, Making Sense of the Great War, and has informed much of his work to date. His research has been published in War Time (an edited collection published by Routledge) as well as academic journals including War in History, The Historical Journal, and The English Historical Review (forthcoming). Alex was recently chosen by the International Society for First World War Studies to deliver their second annual Denis Showalter Memorial Lecture for an Emerging Scholar. In this he will explore what the Great War reveals about the nature of crisis. His next project will investigate individuals’ perceptions of the past and of history during 1914-18.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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