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Professor Margot Finn


Margot is an historian of modern Britain (Britain since 1750), with a predominant focus on the period to 1914. Her previous work has ranged from the history of Victorian popular politics to the gendered legal, social and cultural histories of debt and credit in England. She now researches, teaches and supervises predominantly in topics relating to British colonial and imperial history, with particular emphasis on the family, gender, material culture and transnational encounters. UCL Press will publish a volume of essays (co-edited with Kate Smith) from Margot's Leverhulme Trust-funded research project The East India Company at Home in 2018. Her current monograph project is entitled, 'Imperial Family Formations: Domestic Strategies and Colonial Power in British India, c.1757-1857'.

PhD supervision

Margot predominantly supervises students in areas relating to the history of British colonialism and imperialism (c. 1750-1914), and/or the history of gender, race and/or material culture in modern Britain.

Current students: Ali Bennett, 'Collecting in East Africa: From the End of Exploration to Colonisation and Settlement'; Amy Miller, 'The Globe-Trotter on the Eastern Grand Tour, 1870-1920'; Grace Redhead, 'Histories of Sickle Cell Anaemia in the United Kingdom, 1952-1995'; Tom Sharrad, 'Edward Backhouse Eastwick (1814-1883)'

Recently completed: Ellen Filor, 'Complicit colonials: Border Scots and the Indian Empire, c.1780-1857' (UCL 2014)

Major publications

  • 'The Female World of Love and Empire: Women, Family and East India Company Politics at the End of the Eighteenth Century' (forthcoming, Gender & History)
  • Margot Finn and Kate Smith (eds), New Paths to Public Histories (Palgrave Pivot, September 2015)
  • Margot Finn, 'Family Formations: Anglo India and the Familial Proto-State', in David Feldman and Jon Lawrence (eds), Structures and Transformations in Modern British History: Essays for Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 100-117
  • Margot Finn, The Character of Credit: Personal Debt in English Culture, c.1740-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

For a full list of publications, see Margot's Iris profile.

Grants/projects

  • Supervisor for Ryan Hanley (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-2020)
  • Supervisor for Professor Fabrice Bensimon (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, 2017-2018)
  • Co-investigator, AHRC-funded 'Convict Australia and Utilitarianism: Jeremy Bentham's Writings on Australia' (with Philip Schofield of UCL Laws, 2016-2020)

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