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Prof Dr Miles Taylor


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Chair British History and Society



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Miles Taylor joined the Centre in 2021 as Professor of British History and Society. He was previously Professor of Modern History at the University of York in the UK, and between 2008 and 2014 Director of the Institute of Historical Research in London.

He studied at Queen Mary College University of London, Harvard University (where he was a Kennedy Scholar) and the University of Cambridge where he was awarded his PhD in 1989. He has taught at Cambridge, King’s College London, and Southampton (where he was Professor of Modern British History, 2001-4).

Professor Taylor is a 19th century specialist with a particular interest in Britain and its empire. His recent books include Empress: Queen Victoria and India (Yale 2018) and (as co-editor) The Utopian Universities: A Global History of the New Campuses of the 1960s (Bloomsbury, 2020).

He is currently completing a book on parliamentary representation in the UK since the 18th century and a funded project on salt, protest and public health in India (Salt, Protest and Public Health in India). He co-convenes a research seminar on the History of Universities (History of Universities Seminar) and is General Editor of the New Cambridge History of Britain to be published in five volumes by Cambridge University Press.

He serves on the Research Advisory Board of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and on the Advisory Board of the Journal of British Studies. Professor Taylor is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.