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Professor Richard Huzzey

Professor (Modern British History)


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Professor (Modern British History) in the Department of History +44 (0) 191 33 41063

Biography

My principal research and teaching interests lie in modern British history. I am currently researching a new history of the aboilition of the slave trade and slavery within the British Empire. I am also collaborating in a series of research projects examining petitioning and popular politics over the past 250 years or so.

I am currently leading the AHRC-ESRC Reseach Project 'Petitions and People Power in Twentieth-Century Britain' alongside Anna Bocking-Welch (Liverpool), Cristina Leston-Bandeira (Leeds), and Henry Miller (Durham). In addition to a scholarly monograph and articles, we will create new oral history recordings with our partners at the British Library and the History of Parliament Trust.

From 2016-19, Henry Miller and I led a research project on 'Re-thinking petitions, Parliament, and people in the long nineteenth century', which was generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust. We analysed records of 1 million public petitions to the House of Commons in the period 1780-1918 - and also considered petitioning to other bodies of authority. Our project offered unprecedent scrutiny of this phenomenon by looking at the totality - and variety - of petitions to MPs from men and women, humble or haughty, across Britain and the British Empire. We are now publishing the research, starting with a 2020 Past and Present article (open acess). We also connected with a growing number of scholars examining petitions from other times and places through our our AHRC Research Network on petitioning.

I have previously examined the descent of British anti-slavery politics after emancipation, charting the ways in which abolitionist ideas thrived in Victorian Britain and encouraged new vectors of imperial expansion. I co-edited a volume on The Suppression of the Atlantic Slave Trade (Manchester University Press, 2015), and my first book was Freedom Burning: Anti-Slavery and Empire in Victorian Britain (Cornell University Press, 2012). I am co-editor of the Liverpool Studies in International Slavery book series.

I was a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool and led the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers and the International Slavery Museum. Before that, I held a lectureship at Plymouth University and a post-doctoral research fellowship at Yale University. I researched my doctorate at St. Catherine's and St. Anne's colleges, University of Oxford, and studied for my BA and Master's degrees at St. Anne's.

Research Supervision

Durham offers fantastic resources for research into modern British and imperial history. I welcome inquiries from potential postgraduate research students, especially where your interests touch on political culture, social movements, or slavery and abolition.

I am currently primary supervisor to the following current postgraduate students:

  • Margaret Armstrong (PhD student, 2017 - , "The New Poor Law in County Durham")
  • Daniel Doherty (Part-time PhD student, 2019 - , "Racial violence and anti-abolitionist violence in the antebellum United States"
  • Carrie Long (AHRC CDP student, 2018 - , "The social agency of petitioning, c. 1789-1860")
  • Mark Markov (DDS PhD student, 2019 - , "International navies in national waters during the American Civil War"
  • Ciara Stewart (Leverhulme Research Project student, Durham University, 2016 - , "Irish Women's Petitions to the House of Commons")

I had the pleasure to supervise the doctoral research of the following graduates:

  • Dr. Nick Bubak (PhD, University of Liverpool, 2012 - 2016, "Hyper-Citizenship and the Experience of Youth in the Edwardian Scouting Movement")
  • Dr. Joe Kelly (ESRC CASE PhD, University of Liverpool, 2014 - 2017, "Supply Chains and Moral Responsibility: Slavery and Capitalism after British Emancipation")
  • Dr. Joe Mulhern (AHRC CDP student, 2014 - 2018, "After 1833: British entanglement in Brazilian Slavery, c. 1840-1888")
  • Dr. Jim Powell (Part-time PhD, University of Liverpool, 2014 - 2018, "King Cotton in Exile: The American Civil War and British Raw Cotton")
Professional Membership
  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society
  • Member, Historical Association
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Study of Parliament Group

Research interests

  • Popular Politics and Social Movements
  • Modern Britain and the British Empire
  • Slavery and Abolition
  • Petitions in the United Kingdom, c. 1780-1918

Research groups

Research Projects

Awarded Grants

  • 2020: Petitioning and People Power in Twentieth-Century Britain(£560973.60 from AHRC)
  • 2018: Petitions and Petitioning from the Medieval Period to the Present(£35402.46 from AHRC)
  • 2017: RI220005: Petitioning and the (Re) making of political representation in Britain, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, £3798.00, 2017-01-01 - 2017-12-20
  • 2016: Re-thinking Petitions, Parliament and People in the Long Nineteenth Century(£312745.00 from Leverhulme Trust)

Esteem Indicators

  • 2013: Whitfield Prize, proxime accessit: Royal Historical Society
  • 2011: Alexander Prize: Royal Historical Society

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • History & Archaeology: Slavery and Abolition in the British Empire
  • Modern History: Britain & Ireland: Slavery and Abolition in the British Empire
  • Politicial, cultural, social history: Slavery and Abolition in the British Empire
  • History & Archaeology: Petitions and popular politics
  • Modern History: Britain & Ireland: Petitions and popular politics
  • Politicial, cultural, social history: Petitions and popular politics
  • Politics & Society: Petitions and popular politics
  • Government: Petitions and popular politics

Publications

Authored book

  • Huzzey, Richard (2012). Freedom Burning: Anti-Slavery and Empire in Victorian Britain. Cornell University Press.

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Huzzey, Richard (2018). Contesting Interests: Rethinking Pressure, Parliament, Nation, and Empire. In Pressure and Parliament: From Civil War to Civil Society. Huzzey, Richard Wiley Blackwell. 1-17.
  • Taylor, Stephen & Huzzey, Richard (2018). From Estate under Pressure to Spiritual Pressure Group: The Bishops and Parliament. In Pressure and Parliament: From Civil War to Civil Society. Huzzey, Richard Wiley Blackwell. 89-101.
  • Huzzey, Richard (2017). Manifest Dominion: The British Empire and the Crises of the Americas in the 1860s. In American Civil Wars: The United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s. Doyle, Don H. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 82-106.
  • Huzzey, Richard & McAleer, John (2015). History, memory, and commemoration of Atlantic slave-trade suppression. In The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade: British policies, practices and representations of naval coercion. Burroughs, Robert & Huzzey, Richard Manchester: Manchester University Press. 166-187.
  • Huzzey, Richard (2015). The politics of slave trade suppression. In The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade: British policies, practices and representations of naval coercion. Burroughs, Robert & Huzzey, Richard Manchester University Press. 17-52.
  • Huzzey, Richard (2014). Concepts of liberty: Freedom, laissez faire and the state after Britain’s abolition of slavery. In Emancipation and the Re-making of the British Imperial World. Hall, Catherine, Draper, Nicholas & McClelland, Keith Manchester: Manchester University Press. 149-171.
  • Huzzey, Richard (2013). British Liberties, American Slavery, and the Democracy of Race. In The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776–1914. Dzelzainis, Ella & Livesey, Ruth Ashgate. 121-134.
  • Huzzey, Richard (2012). Gladstone and the Suppression of the Slave Trade in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. In William Gladstone: New Studies and Perspectives. Windscheffel, Ruth Clayton, Quinault, Roland & Swift, Roger Ashgate. 253-266.

Edited book

  • Huzzey, Richard (2018). Pressure and Parliament: From Civil War to Civil Society. Parliamentary History Texts and Studies. Wiley Blackwell.
  • Burroughs, Robert & Huzzey, Richard (2015). The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade: British policies, practices and representations of naval coercion. Studies in Imperialism. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Journal Article

Supervision students