Dr Simon Skinner
- Core subject area: History (and its Joint Schools).
- Teaching: British history since 1685, principally the three modern British history papers, which span the periods 1685-1830, 1815-1924, and since 1900; the ‘Making and Unmaking of the British Isles’ theme paper; and miscellaneous historiography (esp. Macaulay and Weber) and methods papers. University lectures on ‘Politics and Religion in Britain, c.1815–1914’. Past and present supervision topics include Sir James Graham and party, George Canning and toryism, the historical outlook of J.M. Neale, popular Conservatism in the 1830s, Gladstone’s historical imagination, Spencer Perceval and post-Pittite politics, intellectuals and the Eastern Question, Disraeli’s religious thought, and sport and the American presidency. I have received teaching awards from both the College (the JCR’s inaugural Teaching Excellence Award) and the University (University Teaching Award).
- Research interests: The political, religious, and intellectual history of 19th-century Britain. Current research explores Peel, party, and Protestantism in the 1840s. I am a convenor of the Oxford British History 1685-1850 graduate seminar, have reviewed for the English Historical Review and the London Review of Books, and broadcast on subjects ranging from Queen Victoria (BBC’s Timewatch) and the Oxford Movement (In Our Time) to speedway racing.