Susan Thorne
Associate Professor of History

My research and teaching interests include the social history of modern Britain, the imperial history of modern Europe, and Anglo-American attitudes about race, crime, and urban poverty.   Congregational missions and the making of an imperial culture in nineteenth-century England (Stanford, 1999) explored the influence of evangelical missionary organizations on Victorian perceptions of colonized people as well as and in relation to the metropolitan poor.  My research interests have since taken a more domestic turn, focusing primarily on urban crime and child poverty in early Victorian London.  I am currently studying a south London parish that figures prominently in the biographical experience and literary expression of Charles Dickens, the most influential chronicler of the London poor.  

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