Susan Thorne

Associate Professor of History

External address: 
336 Carr, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Internal office address: 
PO Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Phone: 
(919) 593-2810
Office hours: 

Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 and by appointment

Overview

My research and teaching interests are most broadly put in the imperial history of industrial capitalism.  I am particularly interested in exploring the intersecting histories of poverty, race-thinking, and class formation in nineteenth century Britain.  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 working on a book-length study of a south London parish in which the city's most eminent Victorian chronicler staged many of the suffering childhoods in which he specialized.  “Dickensian Affects: Reckonings with Reform in Early Victorian Southwark”  illuminates Dickens' cultural intervention by reading his most influential narratives in relation to archival accounts of the New Poor Law's implementation and operation in St. George the Martyr parish.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1990

  • M.A., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1984

  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1981

Thorne, S. "Feminism and empire: women activists in imperial Britain, 1790-1865." JOURNAL OF GLOBAL HISTORY 6, no. 3 (November 2011): 541-542. Full Text

Thorne, S. "Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History. By Frederick Cooper." The European Legacy 12, no. 2 (April 2007): 270-270. Open Access Copy

Thorne, S. "Imperial Pieties." History Workshop Journal 63, no. 1 (January 1, 2007): 319-328. Full Text Open Access Copy

Thorne, S. "Missions and empire." HISTORY WORKSHOP JOURNAL, no. 63 (2007): 319-328. Full Text

Thorne, S. "Imperial fault lines: Christianity and colonial power in India, 1818-1940." VICTORIAN STUDIES 47, no. 2 (2005): 295-297.

Thorne, S. "The changing shape of English nonconformity, 1825-1925." AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 106, no. 2 (April 2001): 645-646. Full Text

Thorne, S. "Fungusamongus; Or, An Imperial Idea without Enemies." Journal of British Studies 33 (January 1994): 110-117.

THORNE, S. "POPULAR IMPERIALISM AND THE MILITARY, 1850-1950 - MACKENZIE,JM." JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES 33, no. 1 (January 1994): 110-117. Full Text

THORNE, S. "CHEAP BIBLES - 19TH-CENTURY PUBLISHING AND THE BRITISH AND FOREIGN-BIBLE-SOCIETY - HOWSAM,L." JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES 33, no. 1 (January 1994): 110-117. Full Text

THORNE, S. "EUROPEAN WOMEN AND THE 2ND BRITISH-EMPIRE - STROBEL,M." JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES 33, no. 1 (January 1994): 110-117. Full Text

Pages

Thorne, S. "Religion and empire at home." In At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World,143-165. January 1, 2006. Full Text

Thorne, S. "Missionary Imperial Feminism." In Gendered Missions: Women and Men in Missionary Discourse and Practice,edited by MT Huber and NC Lutkehaus. University of Michigan Press, 1999.

Thorne, S. "’The Conversion of Englishmen and the Conversion of the World Inseparable’: Missionary Imperialism and the Language of Class, 1750-1850." In Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World,edited by F Cooper and AL Stoler. University of California Press, 1997.

Thorne, S. "Capitalism and Slavery Compensation." small axe 16, no. 1 37 (March 2012): 154-167. (Academic Article) Full Text

Thorne, S. "Review Essay: Catherine Hall, Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830-1867." Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 6, no. 1 (2005). (Review)

Mayfield, D, and Thorne, S. "Reply to “the poverty of protest’ and ‘the imaginary discontents’." Social History 18, no. 2 (May 1993): 219-233. Full Text

MAYFIELD, D, and THORNE, S. "THE POVERTY OF PROTEST AND THE IMAGINARY DISCONTENTS - REPLY." SOCIAL HISTORY 18, no. 2 (May 1993): 219-233. Full Text

Mayfield, D, and Thorne, S. "Social History and Its Discontents: Gareth Stedman Jones and the Politics of Language." Social History 17 (May 1992): 165-188.

THORNE, S. "CLASS ANALYSIS, POPULAR POLITICS AND THE LINGUISTIC TURN IN 19TH-CENTURY ENGLISH HISTORY." CONSORTIUM ON REVOLUTIONARY EUROPE 1750-1850, PROCEEDINGS, 1992 (1993): 52-61.