about me

I am a part time DPhil student in Life History Research at the University of Sussex in Brighton.

I developed a strong interest in protest politics fifteen years ago as an undergraduate student during the Anti-Poll Tax campaign and have often been involved in protests since then ranging from environmental to anti-war. The conflict between 'official' media reports and my own experience of the Trafalgar Square riot on 31 March 1990 both shocked me and triggered my interest in the importance of the ordinary voice being heard and recorded.

Studying for an MA in Life History Research gave me the opportunity to investigate the history of a protest campaign using oral history interviewing, and my area of focus was cemented when I came across the innovative and little-researched Committee of 100. My dissertation, which was based on interviews with six women from the group, was later adapted into an article and published in the journal Oral History. It is also available in pdf form on this site.

I am employed as a Project Worker and Associate Tutor within the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sussex, am married and have three children.

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Portrait of Sam Carroll © 2004 Christina James
Portrait of Sam Carroll
© 2004 Christina James