Dr Charlotte Roberts

Email: charlotte.roberts@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3145
Internal phone: 33145
Office: Foster Court 230

Charlotte Roberts

Education and Experience 

Charlotte Roberts completed her B.A. in English at Cambridge University in 2006, and, following a year as a Henry Fellow at Harvard University, returned to Cambridge for her graduate study, as a Benefactors’ Scholar at St John’s College. Her Ph.D, which examined the accommodation of character in the historical and autobiographical writings of Edward Gibbon, was awarded in 2012.

Between 2011 and 2013, Dr Roberts held a Junior Research Fellowship at Clare College, Cambridge, and she joined UCL as a lecturer in 2013.

Research Interests

Charlotte Roberts’ research focuses on eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history, and she is particularly interested in attitudes towards and perceptions of the past. Her recent and prospective research explores historical thinking in a variety of genres: including formal historiography, scientific and travel writing, novels, poems and plays. Current projects include an investigation of the relationship between enlightenment historiography and natural science; a study of generational conflict in the political-historical novel, and an exploration of European encounters with Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Her first monograph, Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History – which explores the relationship between narrative structure, literary detail, and authorial persona in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and Gibbon’s Memoirs – will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014.


Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History (Oxford University Press; forthcoming 2014).


Articles and Chapters in Books

‘Edward Gibbon’, in Atheism and Deism Revalued: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain, 1650-1800, ed. by Wayne Hudson, Diego Lucci and Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth (Ashgate; forthcoming 2014).

‘The Memoirs and the Character of the Historian’, in The Cambridge Companion to Edward Gibbon, ed. by Karen O’Brien and Brian Young (Cambridge University Press; forthcoming 2014).

‘The Marmoreal Edward Gibbon: The Autobiographies and the Ruins of Rome’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 34:3 (2011), pp. 357-378.



‘Review. F.P. Lock, Edward Gibbon & the Age of Quarto’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 36:3 (2013), pp. 456-457.

‘Review. Thomas Holden, Spectres of False Divinity: Hume’s Moral Atheism’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 35:3 (2012), pp. 451-452.

‘Review. Franny Moyle, Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites’, The Eagle, 93 (2011), pp. 181-182.