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St. Mary's College of Maryland
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British, Victorian, twentieth century, women, family, law
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About Me

My research centers on family and the status of women in 19th and 20th century British history.  I have ongoing projects on the history of divorce, world war II and transnational marriage, and women in the higher civil service after 1919.

Recent Publications

“’A bridge in chaos’: Sir Cresswell Cresswell (1794-1863) and the English Divorce Court,” in ’A Time of Judgement’: The Operation and Representation of Judgement in Nineteenth-Century Culture (ed) Daniel Grey, et. al. (London: Routledge, 2018)

“Caroline Norton (1808-1877): The Injured Wife, Scandal, and the Politics of Feminist Memory,” in Brenda Ayres (ed) Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

“The Poisoned Apple: Beauty and the First Feminist Generation: Caroline Norton, Barbara Bodichon, George Elliot,” in Female Beauty: Beauty as Social Capital in Western Europe and the United States Middle Ages to the Present, Cambridge Scholars, September, 2015

“They Would if They Could: Class, Gender and Popular Representation of English Divorce Litigation, 1858-1908,” Journal of Family History, April 2011

“…the instrument of an animal function:” Marital Rape and Sexual Cruelty in the Divorce  Court, 1858-1908” in Politics of Domestic Authority, (ed) Lucy Delap, Macmillans, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009:

“More than One Mrs. Mir Anwaruddin: Islamic Law and Christian Marriage in Early Twentieth Century London,” Journal of British Studies, April 2008

“’A State of Personal Danger’: Domestic Violence in England, 1903-1922.” In Assaulting the Past: Placing Violence in Historical Context, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Law, Migration & Immigration, Women, World War II