Members’ profiles

This page gives more details of our research interests and activities.

Dr Annika Bautz is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at Plymouth University. Her research interests are in Romantic and Victorian fiction, the history of the book and reception studies. Her publications include The Reception of Jane Austen and Walter Scott: A Comparative Longitudinal Study (Continuum, 2007), a Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Sense and Sensibility (Palgrave Macmillan 2010), as well as several articles. Among them are ‘Imperial Decadence: the making of the myths. Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Last Days of Pompeii (1834)’, in Victorian Literature and Culture 40 (Autumn 2012) and ‘ “In perfect volume form, Price Sixpence”: Illustrating Pride and Prejudice for a late-Victorian mass-market’ in Romantic Adaptations (Ashgate, 2013).

Dr Gemma Blackshaw is Associate Professor of Art History and Programme Leader for the MRes/ResM Art History at Plymouth University. She specialises in Austrian art from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on that produced in Vienna around 1900. She has published widely on: the exhibition history and reception of Viennese modernism; ‘artworld’ relations, their role in the development of portraiture, and associated questions of authorship and originality; the relationship between modernism and the narratives and representations of illness and disease; painting’s encounter with the ‘peripheral’ visual cultures of caricature and pornography. Gemma has worked as a guest curator on a number of exhibitions including The Nakeds at Drawing Room London (2014), Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 at the National Gallery London (2013) and Madness and Modernity: Mental Illness and the Visual Arts at the Wellcome Collection London and Wien Museum Vienna (2009-10). Her research has been supported by the AHRC, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Wellcome Trust. Current and future research projects include: an analysis of Egon Schiele’s life-drawings in the context of debates on art and pornography (‘The Modernist Offence: Schiele and the Naked Female Body’ in the exhibition catalogue Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude, London: Courtauld Gallery, 2014); and a study of the visual culture of central-European sanatoria for tuberculosis at the turn of the nineteenth century.

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Emeritus Professor Mark Brayshay is an honorary associate in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. His field of interest and expertise is in Historical Geography and his most recent publication is Land Travel and Communications in Tudor and Stuart England (Liverpool University Press, 2014). However, he has also carried out research and published work on nineteenth-century historical geography themes including, for example, public health reform and the provision of model housing in England; colonial emigration and settlement, especially to Australia; and aspects of Hudson’s Bay Company management. He is currently working on the role of Plymouth’s most prominent Victorian emigrant recruiting agent.

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Dr Iain Channing is Associate Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies at Plymouth University School of Law and Criminology. His research interests cover police history, public order policing, political activism and public protest and political extremism. His monograph, The Police and the Expansion of Public Order Law 1829 – 2013 will be published in 2015.

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Dr James Gregory is lecturer in Modern British History since 1800 in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts and is also the Programme Leader for the MA and MRes / ResM in History at Plymouth University. His research interests include nineteenth-century reform movements and cultures, ranging from vegetarianism and temperance and medical unorthodox (lifestyle reforms), and Chartism, to anti-violence efforts organized around capital punishment abolitionism; high political reform (moral, social and cultural); and the meaning and uses of ‘eccentricity’ and ‘integrity’ in British culture. Current research projects include an examination of mercy in British culture over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is the author of Of Victorians and Vegetarians. The Vegetarian Movement in Nineteenth Century-Britain (2007), Reformers, Patrons and Philanthropists. The Cowper-Temples and High Politics in Victorian England (2010), Victorians Against the Gallows. Capital Punishment and the Abolitionist Movement in Victorian Britain (2011), and The Poetry and the Politics: Radical Reform in Victorian England (2014). Essays and articles include ‘Eccentric Biography and the Victorians’, Biography (June 2007) and ‘Eccentricity and Empire’, in S. Aymes-Stokes and L. Mellet, eds, In and Out: Eccentricity in Britain (2012)

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Dr Daniel Grey is lecturer in World History since 1800 in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts at Plymouth University. His research interests primarily focus on gender and crime in Britain and its Empire. In addition to working on two books (Degrees of Guilt: Infanticide in England 1860-1960, contracted to Liverpool University Press; and Feminist Campaigns against Child Sexual Abuse: Britain and India 1860-1947 – contracted to Bloomsbury) he is also at the early stages of another project on gender, religion and homicide in nineteenth-century India. Journal articles and essays on these subjects in nineteenth-century Britain or India have appeared recently in Gender & History, Journal of Victorian Culture, Women’s History Review, and Rob Boddice (ed.) Pain and Emotion in Modern History (2014).

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Professor Dan Maudlin is Professor of Modern History at the University of Plymouth. He has previously worked as an Inspector of Historic Buildings for Historic Scotland and taught at Dalhousie University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on the spaces and places of the Atlantic World through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries where publications include: Early Colonial Architectures’ in Architecture and Urbanism of the British Empire (2015); British Atlantic Architectures, Oxford University Press Bibliographies Online (2012) and two edited collections, The Materials of Exchange (2013) and Transatlantic Traffic and (Mis)Translations (2013). He also author of the award-winning monograph on eighteenth and nineteenth century Scotland, The Highland House Transformed; Architecture and Identity on the Edge of Empire (2009). Awards and fellowships relating to early modern  history include: Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2014-17) on the ‘Inn and the Traveller in the Atlantic World’; AHRC Research Network Gant on ‘Transatlantic Exchanges’ (2009 – 11); AHRC Research Fellowship (2010 -11);  Leverhulme Trust Fellowship (2002-5) and the 2008 Jeffrey Cooke Prize for ‘outstanding contribution to research’ from the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments.

Craig Newbery-Jones is a lecturer in law at Plymouth University School of Law and Criminology. His main research interests include: English Legal History, in particular Nineteenth Century English Legal History, Law, Lawyers and Crime in Popular Culture, Legal Ethics and Professional Regulation. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Exeter and an LLM by Research from Lancaster University.

Craig is currently in the final stages of completing his PhD at the University of Exeter under the supervision of Professor Chantal Stebbings. His thesis, entitled ‘Constructing a Popular Image: The Press Representation of the Bar in Nineteenth Century England,’ explores the representation of the barrister in the press of nineteenth century and its far-reaching effects on themes and motifs found in modern popular culture. The overall aim of this thesis is to determine whether the press of the nineteenth century can be considered to have created a popular public image of the bar. His thesis explores the nature of these constructed images, whilst also considering how the press created such an image, and why such an image was formed. Finally, Craig’s thesis analyses the significance of this historical public image in the development of motifs and themes of the lawyer in contemporary popular culture. Craig has delivered a number of conference papers based around his main research interests and has published within this area.

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Dr David Sergeant is Lecturer in English post-1850 in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts at Plymouth University. His research interests span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and include issues of literary ‘singularity’, perception and cognition, and capitalism and alternative politics. His first monograph, Kipling’s Art of Fiction, 1884-1901 appeared in 2013 with Oxford University Press; he has also co-edited a book of essays on Robert Burns and recently published articles in English Literature in Transition, Essays in Criticism, and Modern Language Review. He is in the early stages of a project that will involve looking at R. L. Stevenson’s sophisticated use of the romance against late-Victorian capitalist modernity.

Professor Kim Stevenson is Professor of Socio-Legal History in Plymouth Law School and has deliberately adopted a jointly authored approach to work and write with crime historians (notably Dr Judith Rowbotham, Dr David Cox and Professor David Nash) to produce scholarship that is authentically interdisciplinary in methodology and of a wider interest and relevance beyond my home discipline of law. She is co-founder and co-director of SOLON: Promoting Interdisciplinary Studies in Law Crime and History an inter-institutional interdisciplinary research project, and General Editor of its associated peer reviewed journal Law Crime and History. She is also general editor of Routledge SOLON: Explorations in the Histories of Crime and Criminal Justice book series. Her research has focused on the socio-cultural contexts of the impact and development of the criminal law and criminal justice process in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with particular emphasis on sexual offences, including rape and child sexual abuse. She has pioneered the use of media representations of nineteenth-century newspaper court reports of such trials and recently co-authored a monograph on the history of crime reporting Crime News in Modern Britain (Palgrave 2013).

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