Associate Professor of History
Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 and by appointment
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.
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 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
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. "Mighty England Do Good: Culture, Faith, Empire, and World in the Foreign Missions of the Church of England, 1850-1915." JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES 55, no. 1 (January 2016): 209-210. Full Text Open Access Copy
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. "Southern Discomfort, in The Poetics of the Sacred and the Politics of Knowledge: Six Geographies of Encounter, ed. Teresa Berger." Edited by T Berger. Worlds and Knowledges Otherwise 2 (April 1, 2006).
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.