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Professor Sarah Richardson

Contact Information:
  • Room: 3.08, third floor, Faculty of Arts Building
Academic Profile
  • BA (Hons): University of Manchester
  • MA (Historical Computation): University of Hull
  • PhD: University of Leeds
  • Research assistant, University of Leeds, 1986-88
  • Lecturer, University of Warwick, 1988-2005
  • Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, University of Warwick, 2005-
  • Winner of a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence, 2006
  • National Teaching Fellow, 2010
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2011
  • Winner of the Arts Faculty Research Impact Award, 2013
  • Subject Director for History, Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for History, Classics and ArchaeologyLink opens in a new window, 2008-11
  • Foundation Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy
  • Foundation Fellow of the Warwick Institute of Engagement
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2015
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2017
Other Scholarly Activities
  • Convenor: Women's History Network
  • Chair: Dugdale Society
  • External examiner, University of Greenwich, University of Glasgow, University of Southampton
  • Founder member of Association for History and Computing, Treasurer of UK branch
  • Editorial Board of Women's History Review
Undergraduate Modules Taught
Postgraduate Modules Taught
Selected Publications
  • (forthcoming) ‘Antecedents to the Organised Women’s Suffrage Movement’ in Krista Cowman (ed.), Routledge Companion to British Women’s Suffrage
  • with Natalie Hanley-Smith, Passion, Politics and Parliament (Wiley, 2023) including ‘Dangerous or Goodly Passions: the Role of Emotion in Parliament and Politics’, 1-10
  • ‘Writing Women into the Political History of Warwickshire’ in Christopher Dyer (ed.), Changing Approaches to Local History: Warwickshire History and its Historians (Boydell and Brewer, 2022), 239-55
  • ‘Parliament as viewed through a woman’s eyes: gender and space in the nineteenth-century Commons’, Parliamentary History, 42 (2019)
  • 'Conversations with Parliament: Women and the Politics of Pressure in Nineteenth-Century Britain', Parliamentary History, 37 (2018)
  • 'Transforming the Body Politic: Food Reform and Feminism in Nineteenth-Century Britain', in Francesca Scott, Kate Scarth and Ji Won Chung (eds), Picturing Women's Health (Pickering and Chatto, 2014)

  • 'A regular politician in breeches: the life and work of Harriet Lewin Grote', in Kyriakos Demetriou, Companion to George Grote (Brill Academic Publishers, 2014)
  • The Political Worlds of Women: Gender and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Routledge, 2013)
  • with Katie Barclay (eds), Special edition: ‘Performing the Self: Women's Lives in Historical Perspective’, Women’s History Review, 22: 2 (2013)

  • 'Women, Philanthropy and Imperialism in Nineteenth-century Britain' in Helen Gilbert and Chris Tiffin (eds), Burden or Benefit: The Legacies of Benevolence (Indiana University Press, 2008)
  • '"You know your father’s heart”. The Cobden sisterhood and the legacy of Richard Cobden' in Anthony Howe and Simon Morgan (eds), Re-thinking Nineteenth-century Liberalism (Ashgate, 2006)
  • 'Politics and Gender in the nineteenth century' in Chris Williams (ed.), Blackwell's Companion to Nineteenth Century British History (Blackwell, 2004 and 2006)
  • with Sonja Cameron, Using Computers in History (Palgrave, 2005)
  • with Anna Clark (eds), The History of the Suffrage, 1760-1867 6 vols, (Pickering Chatto, 2000).
  • with Kathryn Gleadle (eds), Women and British Politics, 1760-1860: The Power of the Petticoat (Macmillan, 2000) including my article, '"Well-neighboured houses": the political networks of elite women'.
  • with Richard Hall, The Anglican clergy and Yorkshire politics in the eighteenth century (York, Borthwick papers, 1998)
  • 'The Age of Reform', 'Education and Literacy' and 'Twentieth-century elections' in Simon Hall and John Haywood (eds), The Pengiun Atlas of British and Irish History (Penguin, 2001)
  • with Astrid Wissenburg, 'Developing and disseminating hypermedia course-ware: great expectations' in L Borodkin (ed.) Data Modelling. Modelling History (Moscow, 1997)
  • 'The role of women in electoral politics in Yorkshire during the eighteen-thirties', Northern History, 1996
  • Nominal record linkage and letter-cluster sampling', History and Computing, 1996
Current Research Projects
  • Mapping Women's Suffrage
  • Women and political culture in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century
  • Women and political authority in the late nineteenth century focusing on the papers of the Cobden sisters
  • Electoral politics and the law
  • HumBox - Open Educational Resources for the Humanities
  • It's Good to Talk - Improving student feedback experiences
  • Academic Literacy - part of the Kings-Warwick project on the development of the academic curriculum
Research Students Supervised (PhD, MA)


  • Chloe Challender, 'Institutional intimacy: gender, sexuality and relationships in the nineteenth-century British Parliament' (co-supervision), M4C CDA with the Parliamentary Archives
  • Sarah Boote Powell, 'Electoral Politics in three midlands cities'
  • Oihane Etayo Ballesteros, ' Women and social and political mobilisation in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain' (co-supervision)
  • Dave Steele, 'Crowds in Nineteenth-Century political culture'
  • Dr Amy Galvin, 'From Suffragette to Citizen' (collaborative doctoral award with the Parliamentary Archives - co-supervision)
  • Dr Natalie Hanley Smith, 'The Menage a trois in early nineteenth century Britain'
  • John Wilmot, 'Dispensaries in the West Midlands' (co-supervision)
  • Dr Seth Thévoz, 'Clubs and Electoral Politics, 1832-67' (collaborative doctoral award with the History of Parliament)
  • Dr Young Hwi Yoon, 'The Abolition of Slavery Movement in the Late Eighteenth Century' (co-supervision)
  • Tara Morton, 'The Suffrage Atelier'
  • Dr Peter Bysouth, 'Small Towns in Nineteenth-century England' (co-supervision)
  • Dr Sarah Hudson, 'Attitudes to Investment Risk amongst West Midland Canal and Railway Company Investors 1700-1850'
  • Dr Jane Adams, 'Health and Health Care in Herefordshire 1780-1850' (co-supervision)
  • Dr Kevin Quigley, 'The Development of U.S. China policy 1959-72'
  • Dr Brian Howman, 'Anti-Slavery Movements in the North-west of England' (co-supervision)


  • Debbie Wood, 'Women, Radicalism and Politics in early Nineteenth-century Staffordshire'

MA by Research

  • Mark Bennett, 'The US Civil War and the West Riding of Yorkshire'
  • Rowan Burrows, 'Chartism and the Press'
  • Judith Flint, 'Provision for the Poor in Nineteenth-Century Melton Mowbray'
  • David Insull, 'Electoral Politics in Eighteenth-Century Northampton' (co-supervision)
  • Sarah Boote Powell, 'Electoral Politics in Coventry in the Age of Reform'