Associate Professor of History
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.
Thorne, Susan. “Feminism and empire: women activists in imperial Britain, 1790–1865 - By Clare Midgley. London and New York: Routledge, 2007. Pp. x + 206. Hardback £70.00, ISBN 978-0-415-25014-6; paperback £19.99, ISBN 978-0-415-25015-3..” Journal of Global History. Cambridge University Press (CUP), November 2011. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1740022811000490. Full Text
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 fault lines: Christianity and colonial power in India, 1818-1940.” Victorian Studies, 2005.
Thorne, Susan, and Dale A. Johnson. “The Changing Shape of English Nonconformity, 1825-1925.” The American Historical Review. JSTOR, April 2001. https://doi.org/10.2307/2651745. Full Text
Thorne, Susan. “Fungusamongus; Or, An Imperial Idea without Enemies.” Journal of British Studies, January 1994.
Thorne, Susan. “Fungusamongus; Or, An Imperial Idea without Enemies - Popular Imperialism and the Military: 1850–1950. Edited by John M. MacKenzie. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1992. Pp. ix + 228. $69.95. - Cheap Bibles: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the British and Foreign Bible Society. By Leslie Howsam. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991. Pp. xviii + 245. $54.95. - European Women and the Second British Empire. By Margaret Strobel. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1991. Pp. xiii + 108. $27.50. - Western Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance. Edited by Nupor Chaudhuri and Margaret Strobel. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1992. Pp. 288. $39.95..” Journal of British Studies. Cambridge University Press (CUP), January 1994. https://doi.org/10.1086/386047. Full Text
THORNE, S. “THE IDEAL OF THE SELF-GOVERNING CHURCH - A STUDY IN VICTORIAN MISSIONARY STRATEGY - WILLIAMS,CP.” Victorian Studies, 1993.
Thorne, Susan. “Review of Conversion and Social Equality in India. The London Missionary Society in South Travancore in the 19th Century by Dick Kooiman.” Social History, May 1991.
Thorne, Susan. “Review of Missionary Lives. Papua, 1874-1914 by Diane Langmore.” Social History, May 1990.
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, Susan. “Steven S. Maughan. Mighty England Do Good: Culture, Faith, Empire, and World in the Foreign Missions of the Church of England, 1850–1915. Studies in the History of Christian Missions. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. 527. $45.00 (paper)..” Journal of British Studies 55, no. 1 (January 2016): 209–10. https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2015.184. 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).
Mayfield, D., and S. Thorne. “Reply to ‘the poverty of protest’ and ‘the imaginary discontents’.” Social History 18, no. 2 (January 1, 1993): 219–33. https://doi.org/10.1080/03071029308567874. Full Text
Mayfield, David, and Susan Thorne. “Social History and Its Discontents: Gareth Stedman Jones and the Politics of Language.” Social History 17 (May 1992): 165–88.
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.