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Dr Vic Clarke

My research takes an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to the study of political activism in Modern Britain. I am currently working towards my first monograph, based on my doctoral research on the Northern Star (1837-1852) in the organisation and community-building of the Chartist movement, as well as its role in the development of working-class print cultures more broadly. I am an active member of the Society for the Study of Labour History and the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. I am currently developing a long-term research project exploring textile labour activism in Modern Britain and the British Empire from the abolitionist period to environmental campaigns against 'fast fashion' today.

I joined the University of Warwick as a Teaching Fellow in Modern British History in 2023, following lectureships in Modern British Social History at Durham University (2022-23) and Modern History at the University of York (2021-22). Previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute (2020-21).



  • 2020: PhD in History and English, University of Leeds
  • 2016: MA (Hons) Victorian Literature, University of Leeds
  • 2014: BA (Hons) English Literature with English Language and Linguistics, Roehampton University

Selected Publications

  • Special Issue (co-edited with Annemarie McAllister): 'Currents and Currencies in the Victorian Periodical Press', Victorian Periodicals Review (forthcoming Fall 2024).
  • Clarke, Victoria. "Time, Space, and Gender in the Digitised Periodical." Victorian Periodicals Review 53, no. 4 (2020): 479-495.

Media Appearances

  • BBC Sounds, 'Killing Victoria' presented by Bob Nicholson (2023)
  • Dan Snow's History Hit, 'Northern Powerhouse' (2022)