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Jennifer Davey


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Personal profile


I am an historian of Modern Britain, with a particular interest in the politics and culture of Victorian Britain. My recent publications explore the multifaceted nature of female political influence in Victorian Britain. My first book – ‘Mary, Countess of Derby and the politics of Victorian Britain’ (OUP, 2019) – explored how a woman was able to carve out a career as a politician in the mid-nineteenth century. My current research project focuses on the relationship between Queen Victoria and her subjects and I am writing a book for OUP provisionally titled “Queen and Country”.

Since my appointment in 2012, I have served in a number of administrative roles, including Employability Director; Deputy Admissions Director; Course Director for the BA in History and the MA in Modern British History; and Induction Co-ordinator. I currently serve as Deputy Head of School.  

I am currently Editor-in-Chief for History: The Journal of the Historical Association and I sit on the HA’s Higher Education Committee.

Teaching Interests

I teach undergradate and postgraduate modern British history. I convene the core first year module Introduction to Modern History; second year modules Victorian Britain and The Duchess of Devonshire to Nancy Astor: Women, Power and Politics and the third year special subject We are not Amused: The Life and Times of Queen Victoria. I also run a MA tutorial on female lives in Victorian Britain.  

Administrative Posts

Deputy Head of School 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality