Professor Rohan McWilliam

Rohan McWilliam

Professor of Modern British History;
Course Leader, History

Helmore 317


Telephone: 0845 196 2764
International: +44 1223 698 764

Professor Rohan McWilliam's research activity

Professor Rohan McWilliam is Course Leader for History and teaches on British and American History. He is a social and political historian who is interested in all aspects of popular politics and popular culture in the modern period. His book The Tichborne Claimant: A Victorian Sensation was published by Hambledon Continuum in 2007. The book employs the trial of an impostor who claimed to be a deceased aristocrat as a way of understanding the mentality and culture of the Victorian period. His previous book, Popular Politics in Nineteenth Century England (Routledge 1998), examined debates about political culture. He has also written articles about Toryism, radicalism, images of Victorian needlewomen, popular literature, bohemianism, class analysis and film and history. These research interests all feed into his teaching. He is also co-director of the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin (with Dr Jonathan Davis).

Rohan is the editor (with Kelly Boyd) of The Victorian Studies Reader (Routledge 2007), which features some of the key writings about the nineteenth century written over the last 25 years. He is also Reviews Editor and a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Victorian Culture and co-editor of the series Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth Century Studies for the University Press of New England. He frequently writes reviews for History Today and other publications.

Rohan is currently at work on a social and cultural history of the West End of London since 1800. He is also engaged in a project about images of the Victorians in the Swinging Sixties and about the director Jonathan Miller.

From 2012-15 Rohan McWilliam is serving as President of the British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS). This is the main British organisation of scholars devoted to the understanding of the nineteenth century. It draws on specialists in History, Literature, History of Art, History of Science and other disciplines.

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