Stipendiary Lecturer in History
Naomi received her BA (Hons) in History from King's College London, before moving to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, for her MPhil in Historical Studies. She has been Stipendiary Lecturer at Hertford since September 2017, and is completing her PhD at King’s College London.
Naomi teaches modern British history and modern European history, teaches on the Historiography and Disciplines courses, and supervises undergraduate dissertations.
Naomi’s research interests lie predominantly in nineteenth-century political culture, organisation and language in Britain and Ireland. Her PhD is an exploration of grass-roots reactions in England, Scotland and Wales to proposals for an Irish parliament, and is concerned both with the scale and spread of such responses and with the languages through which the Home Rule crisis was mediated. It also focuses on the importance of political organisation – and the discourses through which this organisation was (de)legitimised – in shaping the nature of these responses.
Naomi is interested in usages of ‘four nations’ approaches to the study of modern British and Irish history and is co-editor of a new collection on such methodologies. She is co-founder of the Four Nations History Network. Naomi also employs quantitative methods in her research, creating databases that help generate statistical analysis of party-political activity and the appeals made in late nineteenth-century election addresses. More broadly, Naomi has written on the emergence of a movement for the restoration of a Scottish parliament and its parallels with modern Scottish nationalist campaigns.
Naomi is also Assistant Editor at www.margaretthatcher.org, an online resource which provides access to digitalised copies of papers relating to Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister, drawn from both her private papers at Churchill College, Cambridge, and governmental material at The National Archives.
‘A New Plea for an Old Subject’, with Margaret M. Scull, in Four Nations Approaches to Modern British History: A (Dis)United Kingdom?, co-edited with Scull (Palgrave, 2017), pp. 3-31
‘Liberal Unionism and political representation in Wales, c. 1886-1893’, Historical Research, vol. 88, issue 241 (August 2015), pp. 482-507
‘Liberalism, Scottish Nationalism and the Home Rule Crisis, c. 1886-93’, English Historical Review, vol. 129, issue 539 (August 2014), pp.862-887 (winner of Royal Historical Society 2015 David Berry Prize for best essay in Scottish History)