Professor Margot Finn FBA

British history in the 18th and 19th centuries, including material culture, gender, law and colonialism

Elected 2019

Margot Finn is Professor of Modern British History at UCL and President of the Royal Historical Society. Previously editor of the Journal of British Studies, she is a co-editor of Cambridge University Press’s Modern British Histories monograph series and serves on the Executive Board of UCL Press. Finn’s early publications focused on nineteenth-century British radical culture and politics in a broader European context. Her second major monograph explored the intersections of literary, legal, social and cultural developments in the history of debt and credit in eighteenth- and nineteenth-Britain, with particular attention to the histories of courts, prisons and women.  A collaborative project which she led, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and entitled ‘The East Company at Home’, examined English, Scottish and Welsh country houses as both global and imperial artefacts and national icons. Many of the outputs resulting from this project were co-produced with local and family historians, heritage professionals, archivists and curators.

Finn is now completing a monograph on the family and the East India Company, interrogating the ways in which demographic regimes were conducive to colonialism, the means by which property (including material objects) created and strengthened transnational kinship ties and the salience of racialized dynastic concepts in British imperial thinking. She takes an active interest in open access policy developments and their implications for Humanities and Social Science research.

Current post

Professor of Modern British History, University College London

Past appointments

University of Warwick Professor of Modern British History

2005 - 2012

University of Warwick Warwick Research Fellow and Reader in History

2001 - 2005

University of Warwick Warwick Research Fellow and Lecturer in History

2000 - 2001

Emory University Associate Professor of History

1994 - 2000

Emory University Assistant Professor of History

1989 - 1994

University of Chicago William Rainey Harper Teaching Fellow

1987 - 1989

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