I make extensive use of primary sources, drawing upon different forms of media that reflect a range of historical and cultural viewpoints and biases, in order to develop a student's ability to critically analyse and confidently argue their own interpretation of the evidence.
I possess over ten years of international teaching experience, having held academic posts at universities in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia and the Netherlands. I hold a UK PhD, have published two history books along with multiple articles, and was recognised as one of the leading young historians in the world by the National Research Foundation of South Africa.
1. Colonial naval culture and British imperialism, 1922-67 (Manchester: Manchester University Press ‘Studies in Imperialism’, January 2015).
2. A History of the Royal Navy: Empire and Imperialism (London: I.B. Tauris, November 2015).
Ph.D. History: ‘Imperialism and Identity in British Colonial Naval Culture, 1930s to Decolonisation’, supervised by Professors Bruce Collins and Clare Midgley, Sheffield Hallam University. Examined and passed by Professors Peter J. Cain and Ashley Jackson with no corrections on 17 May 2012.
MA History: Imperialism and Culture, Distinction, Sheffield Hallam University.
BA (Hons) English and History, 2:1, Sheffield Hallam University.
January 2016-current – Senior Lecturer, International Studies Group, University of the Free State.
October 2015-December 2016 – Acting Assistant Director, International Studies Group, University of the Free State.
September 2015-November 2015 – Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of the Free State.
October 2014-January 2015 – Visiting Fellow, University of Sydney.
January 2014–March 2014 – Visiting Fellow, Leiden University.
October 2012–ongoing – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of the Free State.
September 2011–July 2012 – Lecturer in Imperial History, Sheffield Hallam University.
January 2008–June 2011 – Associate Lecturer in History, Sheffield Hallam University.
Postgraduate (since January 2013):
Ph.D. primary supervisor for Joseph Kachim, 'Mobility, Citizenship and Belonging: A Study of Konkomba Diasporas in Northern Ghana, 1914-2008' – commenced 2016.
Ph.D. co-supervisor for Alfred Tembo, ‘The Impact of the Second World War on Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), 1939-1953’ – graduated 2016.
MA by Research co-supervisor for Unaludo Sechele, ‘A History of Marriage and Citizenship: Kalanga women’s experiences in Post-colonial Botswana until 2005’ – graduated 2015.
Module leader for ‘Africa and the Second World War’ (MA).
Undergraduate (since January 2008):
Honours dissertation supervisor for Sam Campbell, ‘The Royal Navy and Imperial Britain: The Writings of Archibald Hurd, 1902-1914’; Matt Crier, ‘The Boer War: Interactions between the Press and the Combatants’; Danielle Morrison, ‘British West Indian Migration, 1948-1962’, and Amy Barrass, ‘Racism in Britain: The experiences of West Indian Migrants, 1948-1962’.
Module leader for ‘Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures’ (interdisciplinary 3rd year English, History and Education students).
Module leader for ‘Western Imperialism and the World, c.1500-2000’ (2nd year).
Lecturer for ‘British Life and Culture’ (faculty-wide interdisciplinary module for 1st year international students).
Lecturer for ‘Britain in the Global Economy 1700-1939’ (2nd year).
Lecturer for ‘The Historian and Research’ (2nd year).
Lecturer for ‘Postcolonial Fiction’ (1st year English Literature).
Seminar tutor for ‘The Imperial Economy: Britain in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’ (2nd year).
Visiting lecturer at the University of Worcester for ‘Byron to Bin Laden: Transnational Soldiers in Modern Wars’, November 2011.
Conducted focus groups and surveys investigating ‘the student experience’ of module choice, assessment and feedback at Sheffield Hallam University, 2007-12.
First historian to be awarded a ‘P’ (Prestigious) rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa (2017).
“Daniel Spence's paper was also very interesting and his case studies were extremely useful in the context of this module. The number of questions he received from students was perhaps the best testament to the quality of his presentation, but I think this is also indicative of his open and welcoming nature which was projected through his paper and inspired the audience's confidence to engage with him.” - Anonymous, ‘Byron to Bin Laden: Transnational Soldiers in Modern Wars’.
“Through taking this module I have found history, as a general subject, has become richer and of greater interest to me. Through this module I have strengthened my ability to interweave different factors and utilise them to justify my theories.” – Matthew Jones, 'Western Imperialism and the 'Non-Western' World'.
“I have really enjoyed this module and feel like I have learnt a great amount through both the lectures and the seminars. Previous seminars I have attended on other modules have not had the solid structure and organisation which is always present during the Western Imperialism seminars. I find that the lectures are full of information which directly links to the following seminars.” – Candice Upton, 'Western Imperialism and the 'Non-Western' World'.
“I found the module enjoyable for many reasons, I particularly found that the wide spread of time the module covered a refreshing change from the usual 1790-1914 period… I have gained the skill of analysing text, drawings and video sources in the seminars. I believe this will help me in the future when I am researching for other tasks. To conclude, this was a good module to learn in and I would recommend it to other students.” – Melissa Swann, 'Western Imperialism and the 'Non-Western' World'.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed this module this year and it has taught me lots of things I didn’t know about western imperialism. The seminars have helped me to be able to work in a team, but also to think and criticise for myself. The sources found in the booklets have helped me to be more analytical too.” – Sadie Wilson, 'Western Imperialism and the 'Non-Western' World'.
“This Module and the seminars included in it have been both interesting and productive; they provided a wealth of material to draw from and covered a wide range of topics. Personally I have found the choice of topics excellent and every seminar and lecture has been well organised and set out in such a way that makes fascination compulsory. The structure of the seminars has made the subjects easier to understand and the suggested wider reading easy to find. Any problems I have encountered have been easily rectified and met with nothing but helpful advice. This module has given me a greater depth of understanding and made me much better at independent research.” – Darien Whitehead, 'Western Imperialism and the 'Non-Western' World'.
“When considering the module as a whole, I think choosing it has benefitted me a great deal. Previously, I don’t think I was looking at sources in such great detail as I am now… before discussing it as a group, the questions we found difficult were discussed in small groups with the tutor, I think this has greatly benefitted me as it has allowed me to ask questions I may not have been confident asking in the larger groups.” – Talia McGuire, 'Western Imperialism and the 'Non-Western' World'.
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