Professor Jonathan Conlin

Professor Jonathan Conlin

Professor of Modern History

Research interests

  • British Cultural History
  • Gladstone and Victorian Intellectual History
  • History of Museums

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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I am a historian of cultural history from c. 1750 to the present, with a particular interest in the history of museums. My books include the first comparative history of Paris and London and a study of the landmark 1969 BBC series "Civilisation", and have been translated into eight languages. Alongside academic journals I have written for The Conversation, GQ, Sight and Sound and History Today, and am currently working on two graphic novels. In 2017 I co-founded The Lausanne Project, which explores the legacy of the Treaty of Lausanne a century on. In 2019 Profile published Mr Five Per Cent, a biography of the Anglo-Armenian oil magnate, financier and art collector Calouste Gulbenkian (1869-1955), that won the BAC Wadsworth Prize for Business History.

In 2021 Columbia University Press commissioned me to write The Met: A History of a Museum and Its People. For more on this ground-breaking project, see the "Research" tab. In 2023 I was commissioned by the National Gallery (London) to write their authorized bicentenary history. Both books will appear in October 2024.