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About Dr Michael Peplar

Dr Michael Peplar joined Northeastern University London in 2020 as Academic Director of Student Mobility Programmes and Associate Professor in History. Before this, he was for many years Academic Director of Boston University’s London campus, where he also served as Senior Tutor and was director of the History and Literature undergraduate research programme. Prior to joining Boston University in 2007, he was director of the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) London Centre, and, previously, director of Long Island University’s European Centre.

Before beginning his career in US higher education, Dr Peplar was a Lecturer in History in the Cultural Studies department at the University of East London and in the History department at the University of Greenwich, where he began his academic career with a research fellowship in History.

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (elected 2012)


Dr Michael Peplar's Research

Dr Peplar’s research Interests include the history of ideas about family, marriage and gender, and English popular cultural history, especially as it relates to London. He is currently working on a book on the law and ideas about marriage in England after 1830.

Selected publications

Family Matters: A History of Ideas About Family, Longman, London and New York, 2002

Book chapter
‘Placing Hoxton Hall in Historical Context: East London, Music Hall and Modern Urban
Popular Culture’ in Nicholas Till and Nadia Valman (eds) A History of Hoxton Hall, Exeter
University Press (forthcoming)

Dr Michael Peplar's Teaching

Dr Peplar will be teaching courses for Northeastern University programmes at Northeastern University London. His teaching interests include modern British cultural and social history, the history of London, the history of popular culture, and the history of British design in its European context.