Helen Graham

Helen Graham


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Helen Graham has worked at the University of Southampton, New York University and Royal Holloway University of London where her recent teaching includes a graduate course on the European civil wars of 1917-47. Her archival research to date has focused on Spain's war of 1936-9 in continental and global context, and on the history of Francoism (most recently its prison and camp system). She has written for the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, History Today, BBC History, Literary Review and the London Review of Books. Her books include, Interrogating Francoism (Bloomsbury, 2016);The War and its Shadow. Spain's Civil War in Europe's Long Twentieth Century (2012); The Spanish Republic at War (Cambridge U.P., 2003) and The Spanish Civil War. A Very Short Introduction (Oxford U.P., 2005), this latter a wide-ranging ethical reflection on the war and its long aftermath which has sold over 50,000 copies in English and has been translated into many languages, including Spanish, German, Portuguese, Greek and Turkish.  She is currently researching a book about Franco’s prisons, 1936-78 and finishing another which explores the reverberations of Republican defeat internationally through a series of interlocking biographical essays. In 1995 she conceived, edited and wrote (with Jo Labanyi) the still standard reference work, Spanish Cultural Studies (Oxford University Press).

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Spanish civil war; Francoism; social and cultural history of Europe 1917-47; social history of Spanish communism; comparative civil wars; comparative gender history

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