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Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research


The Centre's members have a broad range of interests and expertise in both teaching and research.


Jeanice Brooks (Music): Domestic music-making c. 1800. For further details of research visit the research project page.

Daniel Brown (English): Research interests are in the relations between poetry, science and philosophy in 19th-century Britain. Principal publications in this field include Hopkins' Idealism: Philosophy, Physics, Poetry (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997); The Poetry of Victorian Scientists: Style, Science and Nonsense (Cambridge: CUP, forthcoming January 2014). Other writing and interests include work on George Egerton, Thomas De Quincey, Oscar Wilde, and 19th-century prose fiction.

David Brown (History): 19th C politics; British foreign policy; social reform and philanthropy.


Aude Campmas (Modern Languages): Lecturer in French Studies in Modern Languages.

Eve Colpus (History): 19th and 20th C gender history; 19th and 20th C philanthropy and voluntary activity.

Jonathan Conlin (History): Evolution and the Victorians, particularly the novels of Charles Kingsley, architecture and evolution; EA Freeman and Victorian historiography.

Mark Cornwall (History): Czech, Hungarian and Croatian national development in the 19th C; the Habsburg Empire in the dualist period; concepts of loyalty and treason in the last decades of Austria-Hungary.

David Cox (History): American history during the nineteenth century.


Gillian Dow (English): Translation and reception history, including the reception of French literature in Britain and the cross-channel migration of ideas in the period 1780-1830.


David Glover (English): Popular fiction; late Victorian/Edwardian labour migration; political refugees.


Mary Hammond (English): Victorian print culture; Dickens; print-worker migration across the Anglophone world 1840-1914.

Mike Hammond (Film/English): 19th C popular entertainment; the impact of the Great War on the aesthetics of Hollywood in the interwar period.

Maria Hayward (Art History): 19th C textiles.

Andrew Hinde (Social Sciences): 19th C population history, particularly gender, morality and sanitary reform.

Verity Hunt (English): Popular fiction, visual culture and optical technology; paper ephemera and souvenirs; the Crystal Palace; material culture.


Francesco Izzo (Music): Research focuses on opera in nineteenth century Europe and North America. He is especially interested in the political ramifications of opera, textual criticism, critical editing, and performance practice. Recently completed projects include a book manuscript on comic opera in mid-nineteenth-century Italy and a critical edition of Giuseppe Verdi's Un giorno di regno. Current work focuses on the censorship of Italian opera, Italian translations of French opera comique, and representations of Islam in French opera of the mid-nineteenth century.


Chris Janaway (Philosophy): Philosophical topics in the work of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, chiefly: pessimism, ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of art. Editing volumes of essays arising from the Southampton AHRC project ‘Nietzsche and Modern Moral Philosophy', and a series of translations for the Cambridge edition of the Works of Schopenhauer.


Matthew Kerr (English) Lecturer in British Literature from 1837 to 1939


John McAleer (History): Late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British imperial, maritime and exploration history; history of museums, collections and collectors.

John McGavin (English): Late 19th C images which represent the Medieval past.


Alex Neill (Philosophy): Schopenhauer's aesthetics and philosophy of art.

David Owen Norris (Music): Pianist and broadcaster. Particular interests in Victorians and their relationships with music, including Dickens, Hardy, Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale.


Christer Petley (History): Research interests include the British Empire, slavery, and abolition. His work has focused on the British Atlantic world between 1763 and 1840, and he is particularly interested in the history of the Caribbean and the dismantling of the British slave system between the period of the American revolution and slave emancipation during the 1830s. See also research projects.

Justine Pizzo (English) Lecturer in British Literature from 1837 to 1939. 

Chris Prior (History): Research concerns the relationship between Britain and the British Empire from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Research has particularly focused on two areas: colonial officials in Africa and their intellectual and socio-cultural connections with Britain (with a special interest in Sudan), and the impact of empire upon British society.


Aaron Ridley (Philosophy): Nietzsche.


Joachim Schloer (History): 19th Century Eastern European Jewish migration to the United Kingdom and the United States; Urbanization and its effects on German-Jewish communities.

Genia Schoenbaumsfeld (Philosophy): Kierkegaard

Norbert Schurer

Barry Sloan (English): Rural life, work and relationships from the mid-19th C to 1914; religious faith and doubt in the late 19th C.


Michael Wheeler (Visiting Professor, English):  Currently engaged in writing the commissioned official bicentenary history of the Athenaeum Club of which he is a member (due for completion in 2017). Previous publications include English Fiction of the Victorian Period, 1830-1890 (2nd edn 1994); Heaven, Hell and the Victorians (1994); Ruskin's God (1999); The Old Enemies: Catholic and Protestant in Nineteenth-Century Culture (2006); St John and the Victorians (2012). He is a Trustee of Gladstone's Library, where he has initiated a project entitled 're:defining liberalism'.

Julian Whitewright (Marine Archaeology): Archaeological and historical research into shipwrecks from the nineteenth century lost within the Solent region of the south coast of England. This work is done in collaboration with the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (HWTMA). Recent work has included the publication of a monograph report on the Flower of Ugie, a wooden sailing barque lost in 1852, whose global voyaging destinations included China, India, Canada, the Baltic and the Mediterranean. Also has interests in the broader context of shipwreck loss and technological change in shipbuilding during the long nineteenth century and how this can be used to enhance our understanding of individual losses.

Chris Woolgar (History and Special Collections):  Wellington Collection;  Lord Palmerston Papers.


Student Members

Former PhD Students

Janet Carter (PhD English)

Milosz Cybowski (PhD History)

Christen Ericsson (PhD English)

Hannah Farmer (PhD Parkes Centre)

Katrina Faulds (PhD Music)

Esther Fernandez-Llorente (PhD English)

Roger Hansford (PhD Music)

Ahren Lester (PhD History) 

Marilyn Mallia (PhD Modern Languages)

Natalie Pryor (MPhil English)

Current PhD Students 

Sharifa Alshahrmi (PhD Modern Languages, funded by Saudi Government Scholarship)

Florentia Antoniou (PhD English)

Ellen Cheshire (PhD Film)

Laura Cox (PhD English, funded the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership)

Alison Daniell (PhD English)

Alastair Dawson (PhD English, funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership)

Stephen Edwards (PhD English)

Tom Heritage (PhD Social Sciences, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council)

Victoria Hinks-Sleep (PhD English)

Katie Holdway (PhD English, funded by Wolfson Foundation)

Eleanor Houghton (PhD History/English, funded by the Wolfson Foundation)

Maja Hultman (PhD History)

Stephanie Klages (PhD Social Science)

Yuejie Liu (PhD English, funded by a Southampton/Xiamen scholarship)

Alberto Martin (PhD Music, funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership)

Joan McGavin (PhD Creative Writing)

Rob McGregor (PhD History)

Clare Merivale (PhD Philosophy, funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership)

Kerry Parker (PhD English)

Alastair Paynter (PhD History)

Matthew Ryan-East (PhD English)

Jennifer Scott (PhD English. Funded by the Wolfson Foundation)

Elia Shipton (PhD English Exeter/Southampton, funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership)

Elena Stevens (PhD History, funded by the Wolfson Foundation)

Joyce Tang (PhD Music)

Huimin Wang (PhD English, funded by the China Scholarship Council)

Katy Whitaker (PhD Archaeology, funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership)

Zack White (PhD History, funded by Archival Studentship - University of Southampton)

Carla Wiggs (PhD Philosophy, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council)

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