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Professor of Modern British History, Anglia Ruskin University

Rohan McWilliam was President of the British Association for Victorian Studies (2012-15), the main organisation in the UK that promotes research into 19th-century Britain. His publications draw on political, social and cultural history but he's also an advocate of interdisciplinary approaches that engage with literature, film, political science and sociology among other subjects. His publications include an essay, Jonathan Miller’s Alice in Wonderland (1966): A Suitable Case for Treatment in the Historical Journal of Film, Television and Radio (2011).

Rohan is also Director of the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University, which has organised conferences and publications that explore the politics of the Left in modern Britain. As well as this, he's the editor of two book series, Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth Century Studies (University Press of New England) and New Directions in Social and Cultural History (Bloomsbury), which is organised on behalf of the Social History Society. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Victorian Culture where he is reviews editor.

Rohan teaches British and American History, and much of his research has been devoted to the politics and culture of Victorian Britain.

Currently, Rohan is at work on a history of the West End of London since 1800. The first volume covers the period 1800-1914 and will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020. He is now at work on the second volume which deals with the period since 1914. He is interested in the development of pleasure districts and culture industries, interviewing figures such as Jonathan Miller.


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    Professor of Modern British History, Anglia Ruskin University