Dr Manuela Williams

Senior Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

I joined Strathclyde in September 2002. My research and teaching interests lie in the field of international history, and in particular the history of the Middle East (the interwar period, the history of the mandates, Arab nationalism and the emergence of nation states, pan-Arabism and post war conflicts), propaganda and political communication, twentieth century Europe (Italian Fascism and post-war European political history), widening access in higher education. I currently lead a project that investigates widening access students' transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies.

I am the Course Director of the MSc in Historical Studies.

I am Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I was awarded the Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award 2015.

I am a member of the steering committee of HistoryUK.


Has expertise in:


    • The political history of the Middle East
    • The history of propaganda and information
    • Twentieth-century Europe
    • Widening Access in Higher Education
    • Employability in Higher Education

    Postgraduate supervision

    I welcome postgraduate applications in any areas of 20th Century history of the Middle East, history of propaganda and 19th and 20th century Italian history.

    I have supervised, and currently supervise

    Gianluca Fantoni, ‘Red Screens: the cinematographic and television production of the Italian Communist Party’, Ph.D. (completed)

    Ben Quail, ‘The Great Society and War: The Propaganda of Lyndon B Johnson’s Presidency’, Ph.D. (completed)

    Alessandra Magrin, ‘The Buffalo Bill Wild West tours of Italy in the 1890s and 1900s’, Ph.D. (completed)

    Rebecca Lupton, 'Japan's decision to join the Axis Powers and the possibility that World War II began in the Far East', MRes

    Gabriella Gillies, ‘Gertrude Bell and Zionism’, MRes

    Jordan Zanchetta, ‘British sympathies and Italian exiles: London as a home for Italian Radicals and Nationalists in the 19th Century’, MRes

    Grants and awards

    QAA Scotland - Resilient Learning Communities Enhancement Theme (2021)

    QAA Scotland - Student Transition Enhancement Theme (2015)

    The Carnegie Trust Research Grant (2007)

    British Academy Small Research Grant (2006)

    British Academy Small Research Grant (2003)



Between Arab nationalism and Zionism : fascist politics and propaganda in the Middle East in the 1930s
Williams Manuela
Eunomia Vol 2, pp. 85-122 (2013)
Mussolini's war of words : Italian propaganda and subversion in Egypt and Palestine, 1934-1939
Williams Manuela
Eunomia Vol 1, pp. 49-78 (2012)
Mussolini's secret war: Italian and British intelligence in the Mediterranean and Middle East
Williams M
Intelligence and National Security Vol 22, pp. 881-904 (2007)
Mussolini's propaganda abroad
Williams M
La questione mediorientale nelle relazioni anglo-americane, 1950-1952
Williams Manuela
Ombre di guerra fredda Gli Stati Uniti in Medio Oriente durante gli anni di Eisenhower (1953-1961) (1998) (1998)
Palestine, Israel and Egypt : new scholarship on the Middle Eastern conflicts
Maglio Manuela
Intelligence and National Security Vol 12, pp. 163-169 (1997)

More publications



  • Modern Europe
  • Propaganda and War in the Twentieth Century
  • Conflict in the Middle East 1900-1973
  • Living under a Dictator: Politics and Society in Fascist Italy
  • History Work Placement
  • The Scramble for the Middle East: Arab Nationalism, Zionism and European Colonial Powers, 1914-1939
  • The Power of Persuasion: Media, Propaganda and the State during 20th-Century Conflicts


  • Nationalism and nation-states in the Arab Middle East: 1900-1945
  • Transatlantic Influences: The US and Europe after 1958 
  • Work Placement in History
  • Research Skills, Sources and Methods for Historians

Professional activities

The Pandemic Pedagogy Handbook
English Historical Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Journal of Contemporary History (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell’800 e del 900 (Journal)
Peer reviewer
conference on ‘18 April 1948: Italy between continuity and rupture’,

More professional activities


Analysis of the Institutional Employability Audit
Willison, Debra (Principal Investigator) Williams, Manuela (Principal Investigator)
£2901.60 internal funding to support employment of a student intern to analyze the results of the institutional employability audit.
07-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021

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