Centre for Lifelong Learning

Congratulations to Dr Barbara Ball on achieving a PhD in History with Genealogical Studies!

Barbara is the first student to be awarded the joint PhD which was supervised by staff from the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The PhD in History with Genealogical Studies was introduced due to many History research projects focusing on individuals and / or families, their connections, outcomes, or demographics and how they were affected by historical events.

Barbara‚Äôs research topic focused on the differential development of two small Ohio towns along the Ohio river during the mid to late 19th century.  Included in this research was a discussion about how individuals and their families may have driven the development in various ways.  Several brief family sketches of pottery workers and owners who had immigrated from England, and an extended family history of one town founder, were included.

Barbara lives in Tucson, Arizona, where all of her children and grandchildren were born.  When not doing genealogical research she enjoys sewing and needlework, gardening, jigsaw puzzles, flute playing, and traveling with her husband.  She loves cats.

Barbara has also recently joined the tutor team and students on the Genealogical Studies Programme are sure to benefit from her wealth of knowledge and expertise during the coming months!

If you are interested in learning more about our study pathways ranging from short online classes to Masters and PhD level study, take a look at our website to learn more.