Professor Kathryn Gleadle

Featured Publication

Borderline Citizens: women, gender and political culture in Britain, 1815-1867 (Oxford, 2009)

Borderline Citizens: women, gender and political culture in Britain, 1815-1867 (Oxford, 2009)

This volume provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of women's involvement in British political culture in the first half of the nineteenth century. It is based upon extensive archival research, but also engages with recent feminist theories in the social sciences, such as psychology and sociology. The volume is innovative too for its attention to rural experiences of politics, as well as urban. Dr Gleadle not only throws new light on women's political activities but also does much to challenge many traditional assumptions about contemporary politics per se. This includes, for example, fresh insights into the great Reform Act of 1832, attention to the many continuities in political practice and ideas, and a focus upon the primary significance of parish politics within the day-to-day activities of the middling and gentry classes.

  • Children, childhood and politics in the long nineteenth century
  • Victorian diaries and manuscript cultures
  • Global feminisms in the long nineteenth century
  • Women and political engagement, Britain 1780-1920
  • Magazine Culture, Girlhood Communities, and Educational Reform in Late Victorian Britain

  • Silence, dissent and affective relations in the juvenile diaries of Eva Knatchbull-Hugessen (1861-95).

  • Global feminisms, c.1870-1930: vocabularies and concepts- a comparative approach

  • Masculinity, Age and Life-Cycle in the Age of Reform

  • The Juvenile Enlightenment: British children and youth during the French Revolution

  • Playing at Soldiers: British Loyalism and Juvenile Identities during the Napoleonic Wars

  • 'We Will Have It': Children and Protest in the Ten Hours Movement

  • 'The Riches and Treasure of Other Countries': Women, Empire, and Maratime Expertise in early Victorian London

  • Gentry, Gender and the Moral economy during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Provincial England

  • The imagined communities of women's history: current debates and emerging themes, a rhizomatic approach

  • More

Current DPhil Students

  • Catherine Sloan
  • Geraldine Porter
  • Jasmine Proteau

Do get in touch if you would like to discuss potential DPhil projects regarding: British childhood C19; girlhood; gender and life- writing C19; British women and politics long C19.

I currently teach:



British V 1685-1830

British V1685-1830

Approaches to history

British VI 1815-1924

OS12: Women, gender and nation: Britain, 1789-1825

SS 18: Becoming a citizen, 1860-1902


HENG Bridge Paper: Women’s Life writing: gender and social change, Britain: 1870-1930


Disciplines of History