Susan Thorne

Susan Thorne

Associate Professor of History

External address: 
336 Classroom Building, 1356 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705
Internal office address: 
PO Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 593-2810
Office hours: 

Wednesdays 1- 4 and by welcome appointment


My research and teaching interests include the social history of modern Britain, the imperial history of modern Europe, and the ideological intersections of race, crime, and urban poverty in Anglo-American political culture.   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.  I am working on a local history of a south London parish that figures prominently in the biographical experience and publications of Charles Dickens, perhaps the most influential chronicler of the London poor.  A second project is taking me further afield from my scholarly training and closer to home: my family's history and the genealogy of white supremacy in Clarendon County, SC. 

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. “Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History. By Frederick Cooper.” The European Legacy. Taylor and Francis, April 2007. Open Access Copy

Thorne, S. “Imperial Pieties.” History Workshop Journal. Oxford University Press (OUP), January 1, 2007. Full Text Open Access Copy

Thorne, Susan, and Dale A. Johnson. “The Changing Shape of English Nonconformity, 1825-1925.” The American Historical Review. JSTOR, April 2001. Full Text

Thorne, Susan. “Fungusamongus; Or, An Imperial Idea without Enemies.” Journal of British Studies, January 1994.

Thorne, Susan. “Review of Missionary Lives. Papua, 1874-1914 by Diane Langmore.” Social History, May 1990.

Thorne, S. “Religion and empire at home.” In At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World, 143–65, 2006. Full Text

Thorne, S. “Missionary Imperial Feminism.” In Gendered Missions: Women and Men in Missionary Discourse and Practice, edited by Mary Taylor Huber and Nancy C. 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 Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler. University of California Press, 1997.

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. Worlds and Knowledges Otherwise, Vol. 1, Dossier 2, April 1, 2006.

THORNE, S. “CLASS ANALYSIS, POPULAR POLITICS AND THE LINGUISTIC TURN IN 19TH-CENTURY ENGLISH HISTORY.” Edited by G. C. Bond and J. W. Rooney. Consortium on Revolutionary Europe 1750 1850, Proceedings, 1992. CONSORTIUM REVOLUTIONARY EUROPE, January 1, 1993.

Spring 2020

First-Year Seminar (Top) (HISTORY 89S)
Class Bldg 229, Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
Crime And The City (HISTORY 313)
Class Bldg 240, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Fall 2019

Modern Britain (HISTORY 271)
Class Bldg 125, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Urban Histories (HISTORY 553S)
Class Bldg 242, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Spring 2019

Crime And The City (HISTORY 313)
Class Bldg 114, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Urban Histories (HISTORY 553S)
Class Bldg 106, Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM

Spring 2018

First-Year Seminar (Top) (HISTORY 89S)
Carr 106, WF 08:30 AM-09:45 AM

Spring 2017

Crime And The City (HISTORY 313)
Allen 326, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Race, Class, And Gender (HISTORY 505S)
Bivins 109, W 08:45 AM-11:15 AM

Fall 2016

First-Year Seminar (Top) (HISTORY 89S)
White 106, W 03:20 PM-05:50 PM
Modern Britain (HISTORY 271)
Keohane 4B 402 SEM, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2016

Crime And The City (HISTORY 313)
Soc/Psych 129, MW 10:05 AM-10:55 AM
Race, Class, And Gender (HISTORY 505S)
Randolph 115, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Spring 2015

Crime And The City (HISTORY 313)
Old Chem 201, MWF 10:20 AM-11:10 AM
Race, Class, And Gender (HISTORY 505S)
Perkins 087, Tu 08:30 AM-11:00 AM

Fall 2014

Modern Britain (HISTORY 271)
Friedl Bdg 118, W 08:45 AM-11:15 AM
Eur Colonial Encounter (HISTORY 312)
Friedl Bdg 107, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM

Spring 2014

Crime And The City (HISTORY 313D)
Allen 326, MW 08:30 AM-09:20 AM
Crime And The City (HISTORY 313D)
Allen 318, F 08:30 AM-09:20 AM
Crime And The City (HISTORY 313D)
Social Sciences 311, F 10:05 AM-10:55 AM
Race, Class, And Gender (HISTORY 505S)
Crowell 106, Tu 08:45 AM-11:15 AM