About me #YourEurope

Dr Russell Foster

AEP Lecturer in Britain and European Integration
Dept. European & International Studies
King's College London

I grew up in Sunderland, in the north-east of England. At school I developed a strong interest in history and identity, which I pursued through school and college (while working at various call centres in between) to university. I studied History at the University of Cambridge, International Relations and Human Geography at Newcastle University, and I gained my PhD from Newcastle in 2013 for a thesis on the symbols of the European Union. I have worked at Virginia Tech and at the University of Amsterdam, studying and teaching the relationship between European identity and symbolism. I started working at King's College London in May 2016, just in time for the Brexit referendum, and since then I have been researching the changing nature of "European" identities. I am currently an AEP Lecturer in Britain and European Integration at the Department of European and International Studies, King's College London.

I have worked at Virginia Tech and at the University of Amsterdam, studying and teaching the relationship between European identity and symbolism. I started working at King's College London in May 2016, just in time for the Brexit referendum, and since then I have been researching the changing nature of "European" identities. I am currently an AEP Lecturer in Britain and European Integration at the Department of European and International Studies, King's College London.


This project is part of a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, and privately funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project is not an official European Union initiative, nor is it funded by any public monies.

“There are no ideals, however exalted in nature, which can afford to do without a symbol”.
Memorandum from the Secretariat General of the Council of Europe
16 July 1951