Dr Jonathan Conlin BA Oxon MA PhD Cantab FRHistS FHA
Senior Lecturer - on research leave
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Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain underwent dramatic social, political, intellectual and cultural change. My teaching and research grapples with the legacy of this ferment, a legacy which continues to shape Britain and the wider world: from the free-market ideas of the moral philosopher Adam Smith to the theories of transmutation developed by Charles Darwin and his fellow evolutionists.
History is past politics, and politics present history.
Born in New York, I studied History and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, spending a year at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, Germany. After a Masters in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute I moved to Cambridge for my doctorate. Before coming to Southampton in 2006 I was Research Fellow in Modern History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and briefly worked for the BBC, as Specialist Researcher on the Michael Buerk history documentary series Trade Roots. Alongside my Southampton teaching I have taught at the École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers (ESSCA) and held Visiting Fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks, the Huntington Library, the Lewis Walpole Library and Princeton University Library. I write regularly for History Today and have organized a number of events aimed at non-academic audiences, in collaboration with the National Gallery, Tate, British Film Institute and National Gallery of Art, Washington.