Dr Sam Carroll is a life historian and community historian with a particular research interest in British Postwar protest, memory and life stories.
She is the centre administrator for the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories at the University of Brighton and is the centre steering group member representing community history.
Sam Carroll's doctoral thesis focused on the Committee of 100, an anti-nuclear protest group designed to promote mass non-violent direct action in order to push for governmental changes in defence policy.
She is an oral historian with a wide range of experience in both the academic and community arenas across many research projects as trainer, tutor, project worker, project manager, student mentor and oral history consultant. She has a doctorate in Life History Research (University of Sussex, 2010) and is a member of the Oral History Society, a working group member of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing at the University of Sussex, an Associate of the Higher Education Academy and is on the management committee of QueenSpark Books.
She is the Community Heritage Researcher for the AHRC funded Gateways to the First World War Public Engagement Centre. She was employed as an Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex (2004 to 2012), teaching on access, graduate and postgraduate level programmes. She has also delivered life history research skills to volunteers on a variety of funded projects (ESF, HEESF, HLF, Grundvig and JISC).
Projects that Sam has worked on include The Our Hospital Our History project, an oral history of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust's acute hospitals; Hidden Histories (three strands: Education, Rural and Migrant), a European project for the CCE at the University of Sussex, The History of Homelessness in Brighton for Brighton Housing Trust, The People's Park Project: An Oral History of The Level as a freelance consultant and volunteer trainer for Brighton and Hove City Council, The Ale and Hearty project as project manager and resource facilitator for Strike a Light community arts organisation and Brighton Transformed (a history of Brighton's Transgender Communities) for QueenSparks Books as book editor and volunteer co-ordinator.
Carroll, S. (2010) “'Danger Official Secrets' and The Spies for Peace: Discretion and Disclosure in the Committee of 100”, History Workshop Journal, Issue 69. Spring edition.
Carroll, S. and Jones, R. (2007) 'Researching Ourselves: a participatory exploration of the impact of a learning intervention for women returners'. Ad-Lib, Journal for Continuing Liberal Adult Education, Cambridge, Issue 34.
Carroll, S. (2005) 'Brighton Women's Peace Camp 1983, Second Wave Feminism and the Women's Peace Movement'. Sussex On-Line Journal of Contemporary History. Winter Edition.
Carroll, S. (2004) “'I was arrested at Greenham in 1962': Investigating the oral narratives of women in the Committee of 100. 1962-1968”, Oral History, Spring Edition.
Carroll, S. (2012) The medical response to the Brighton bomb, October 1984. The Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain: Impacts, Engagements, Legacies and Memories, 12th July, University of Brighton.
Carroll, S. (2007) Women in the Committee of 100. Panel discussion of Women’s Life Histories. Collecting Lives, 16th Women’s History Network Conference, Centre for the History of Women’s Education, University of Winchester, 7–9 September
Carroll, S. and Jones, R. (2007) Researching ourselves: a participatory exploration of the impact of a learning intervention for women returners. Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA) Queens University, Belfast.
Carroll, S. (2007) 'Fill the jails'. Identity, structure and method in the Anti-Nuclear Committee of 100, 1960-1968, New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness, June 13-16, Queens University, Ontario.
Carroll, S. and Jones, R. (2007) Career Action for Women: Participatory Research and Women Returners, Meaning, Relevance and Variation, The Second Nordic Conference on Adult Learning, April 17- 19, Linköping University.
Carroll, S. and Jones, R. (2006) Career Action for Women; Participatory Research into the Barriers Facing Women returners, Researching Lives Conference: Multi Disciplinary Approaches in Life History Research, auto/biography and narrative research conference, 10 June 2006, University of Sussex.
Carroll, S. and Jones, R. (2006) Making a difference in the Community. Promoting Inclusive Learning. Career Action for Women, Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) Conference, University of Brighton. April.
Carroll, S. (2006) Women and the Committee of 100 (1961-68): gendered experience and non-violent direct action in a post war anti-nuclear protest campaign, Womens History Network Conference, Portsmouth University, February.