College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Victor Bailey

Professor Emeritus
Primary office:

Crime, law and punishment in Victorian Britain; the social history of London; social, cultural, and political history of modern Britain, c. 1750 to the present.

Research Profile:

Professor Bailey (Ph.D. Warwick University, UK) was trained at the Centre for the Study of Social History, Warwick University, and the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. He was a research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. He is the Charles W. Battey Distinguished Professor of Modern British History at KU. He is a social and cultural historian of English crime, criminal law, policing, and punishment. He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society. His books include Policing and Punishment in Nineteenth Century Britain (Rutgers Press, 1981); Delinquency and Citizenship: Reclaiming the Young Offender, 1914-1948 (Oxford University Press, 1987); “This Rash Act”: Suicide Across the Life Cycle in the Victorian City (Stanford University Press, 1998). He received the Walter D. Love Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies for best article in British history in 1997 by a North American Scholar for “English Prisons, Penal Culture, and the Abatement of Imprisonment, 1895-1922,” Journal of British Studies, July 1997. He is currently writing a history of judicial sentencing and penal policy in Britain, 1890-1970. Since 2000, he has been the Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities, a research center for humanities faculty and graduate students at KU.

Recent Publications:

  • Charles Booth’s Policemen: Crime, Police and Community in Jack-the-Ripper’s London, forthcoming, Breviary Stuff Publications, London
  • Essays in the Social History of Riot, Crime, Policing and Punishment, forthcoming, Breviary Stuff Publications, London

Teaching Profile:

Professor Bailey teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in modern British history. He was honored in 1999 with a University W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, and an Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the Department of History.

Recent Courses:

  • HIST 548: The Rise of Modern Britain, 1776 to Present
  • HIST 830: Graduate Colloquium in 18th and 19th Century Britain
  • HIST 831: Graduate Colloquium in 20th Century Britain

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