Barnaby Crowcroft

Assistant Professor of Humanities

Barnaby Crowcroft will be Assistant Professor of Humanities starting in Fall 2024. He served previously as a diplomat in the Middle East. Before coming to UF, he also held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas at Austin (America in the World Consortium), the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Vienna, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Crowcroft’s research explores new perspectives on the rise and fall of the British empire, mostly in the Middle East and West Africa, as well as the history of alliances and international human rights regimes. He regularly reviews books for the Times Literary SupplementThe Literary Review, Claremont Review of Books and The New Criterion.

Current Project

Crowcroft’s current book project, The British Empire of Protectorates, is under contract with Penguin Books and offers a revisionist history of the British empire, from around the middle of the nineteenth century and through its post-war decolonization.



  • Ph.D. in History, Harvard University, 2019
  • M.A. in History, Harvard University, 2014
  • M.A. in International Relations, Yale University, 2010
  • B.Sc. in International Relations and History (First Class Honours), London School of Economics, 2007

Publications - Articles

The Radical Nationalist as Constitutional Head of State: Nigeria, 1960–1966’, in Viceregalism: Political Crises in the Post-war Commonwealth, ed. Harshan Kumarasingham (Cambridge University Press, 2020), 179–202.

The Problem of Protectorates in an Age of Decolonisation: Britain and West Africa, 1955–60’, in Protection and Empire: A Global History, eds. Lauren Benton, Bain Attwood and Adam Clulow (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 228–244.

‘Britain’s Egyptian Allies and the Suez Crisis’, in Effervescent Adventures in Britannia, ed. Wm. Roger Louis (I.B. Tauris, 2017).

Egypt’s Other Nationalists and the Suez Crisis of 1956’, The Historical Journal 59 (2016), 253–285.

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