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Role: Lecturer in History

Dr Josh Gibson


I arrived at Lady Margaret Hall as a Lecturer in History in 2017, freshly minted from my PhD. My university career began at the University of Leeds, where I took both my undergraduate and master’s degrees. I then moved to Cambridge for my PhD.

Research Interests

I am a historian of late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain (broadly defined) with interests in the role of ideas in popular politics, the intellectual history of democracy, and the transnational flow of people and ideas. My research attempts to enlarge what is considered ‘political thought’ by moving beyond a narrow focus on canonical texts to incorporate ‘popular’ thought. Such an approach not only involves bringing political thought outside of the drawing room but also overturning entrenched assumptions about how popular movements ought to be studied.

The principal focus of my research to date has been the ideas of Chartism, the largest and most important popular political movement of the nineteenth century. My next project moves beyond the Chartist years to explore the globalisation of democratic discourse in the second-half of the nineteenth century.


I teach all three modern British history papers (i.e. papers 5, 6, and 7), Historiography covering Edward Gibbon and Thomas Babington Macaulay, Approaches, Disciplines, and Intellect and Culture in Victorian Britain.


"The Chartists and the constitution: revisiting British popular constitutionalism," Journal of British Studies, Vol. 56, No. 1 (Jan, 2017), pp. 70–90

Natural rights and the intellectual context of early-Chartist thought”, History Workshop Journal, No. 84 (Autumn 2017), pp. 194–213 (pictured right)

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