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BA, PhD (Cantab), FRHist
Miles Taylor is Professor of Modern History. He joined the department in 2004, having studied history at Queen Mary University of London, Harvard and Cambridge, and previously taught at Southampton, King’s College London, and Cambridge. Between 2008 and 2014 he was seconded to the University of London as Director of the Institute of Historical Research. During 2014-16 he was the holder of a sabbatical Leverhulme Trust Major Research Award.
He is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Portrait Gallery, and sits on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of British Studies. He has previously served on the grants award panels of both the ESRC and the AHRC. Recently he was commissioned by Cambridge University Press to be the General Editor of its new five volume History of Britain.
Professor Taylor's areas of interest lie across modern British history. His early work was on radicalism during the mid-19th century, and he has long been interested in the impact of empire and colonialism on the British state, political system and social policy from 1800. His most recent book is a study of Queen Victoria and India, and he is currently completing another one on the history of parliamentary representation in Britain since the late 18th century. He also works on the history of higher education and on Victorian historiography.
The Borthwick Institute holds a wide range of modern records relating to national and local religious, philanthorpic, business, architectural; educational and medical life, as well as the personal and estate papers of several Yorkshire families. There are also extensive possibilities for research in modern British history in the National Railway Museum, the City of York Archives, York Health Archives and the York Minster Archives. Within reach of York is the British Library lending service at Boston Spa, and the Brotherton Library of the University of Leeds, the latter a superb resource for 18th and 19th century studies.
Professor Taylor is able to supervise research students in most areas of British political, parliamentary, cultural and imperial history since the late 18th century. Professor Taylor will be especially keen to take on research students interested in topics which combine the history of the metropole with that of the colonial periphery, and those who wish to use the rich vein of modern archival and microfilm material in the Borthwick Institute for Archives and in the Raymond Burton Library.
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