Dr. James Gregory

James Gregory

James Gregory is Associate Professor in Modern British History and MA Programme Leader (History) at the University of Plymouth. His research interests include nineteenth-century reform movements and cultures; the meaning and uses of eccentricity in British culture over the ‘long nineteenth century’; and mercy in Britain and the British world from c.1760 – 1950. Among his publications is the forthcoming Libraries, Books, and Collectors of Texts, 1600–1900 (Routledge, 2018), edited with Annika Bautz; and (all with I.B. Tauris): The Poetry and the Politics: Radical Reform in Victorian England (2014); Victorians Against the Gallows. Capital Punishment and the Abolitionist Movement in Victorian Britain (2011); Reformers, Patrons and Philanthropists. The Cowper-Temples and High Politics in Victorian England (2010); and Of Victorians and Vegetarians (2007). His essays include ‘Eccentricity and Empire’, in L. Mellet and S. Aymes, eds, In and Out: Eccentricity in Britain (2012), and ‘Eccentric Biography and the Victorians’, Biography. An Interdisciplinary Quarterly  (2007).


Dr. Lizzie Seal


Lizzie Seal is Reader in Criminology at University of Sussex. She is the author of Women, Murder and Femininity: Gender Representations of Women Who Kill (Palgrave, 2010), (with Maggie O’Neill) Transgressive Imaginations: Crime, Deviance and Culture (Palgrave, 2012) and Capital Punishment in Twentieth-Century Britain: Audience, Justice, Memory (Routledge, 2014). Her research has explored the cultural reception of the death penalty in Britain, including a project which examined public attitudes to execution through analysing letters sent to successive mid twentieth-century Home Secretaries about capital cases. She is currently principal investigator for a Leverhulme Trust funded project (RPG-2016-352) entitled Race, Racialisation and the Death Penalty in Twentieth-Century England and Wales, 1900-65. This interdisciplinary research draws on concepts, methodologies and modes of analysis from both history and criminology to assess the over-representation of black and other minority ethnic (BME) people among the hanged. It incorporates all cases of BME people sentenced to death in the time period. The project’s blog can be found here:https://raceanddeathpenalty.wordpress.com/