Daniel Laqua

Associate Professor

Research interests

Daniel’s research deals with transnational movements and associations in 19th/20th-century Europe. He is particularly interested in competing conceptualisations of global order, the ways in which campaigners sought to effect change at the international level, and the relationship between nationalism and internationalism. Daniel has special expertise in the history of international organisations, covering the work of the League of Nations as well as the associations set up by activists. He has edited two volumes that relate to this research area, Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational Ideas and Movements between the World Wars (London, 2011) and, with Wouter Van Acker and Christophe Verbruggen, International Organizations and Global Civil Society: Histories of the Union of International Associations (London, 2019).


Daniel first monograph – The Age of Internationalism and Belgium, 1880–1930: Peace, Progress and Prestige – was published by Manchester University Press in 2013. The study examined European internationalism through the prism of congresses, conferences and campaigns that took place in Belgium. Moreover, in a range of articles, he has covered the efforts of peace groups, humanitarian campaigners, revolutionaries, student activists and intellectuals who construed their aims as transcending national categories. Much of this work is feeding into a forthcoming monograph that traces political 'campaigns beyond borders' between 1889 and 2001. Daniel has also co-edited special journal issues on histories of humanitarianism (Journal of Modern European History, 2014) and on transnational solidarities (European Review of History, 2014).


At present, Daniel is working on the history of student activism in the period from the interwar years to the early Cold War. Iniitial findings from his work in this area feature in a 2017 article in The English Historical Review. This project has generated funded research projects (run together with Georgina Brewis, UCL Institute of Education) and collaborations with the National Union of Students and the Workers’ Educational Associations.



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • History, University College London


  • History, University of Oxford


  • History, University of Oxford


Professional Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,