History Department
History Department

Stefanie Shackleton

BA, Converse College, SC

Stefanie Shackleton



Research interests are in the social and cultural history of modern Britain and its empire, focusing on the role of knowledge and learning as means of self-improvement during the changing culture of Victorian society.


My research field is the social and cultural history of Britain and its Empire during the long nineteenth century, particularly in issues of class, labor, and gender.

My current project, “Learning for Leisure: Working-class education and the fashioning of identity in nineteenth-century Britain and Empire”, examines the role of informal adult learning activities- vital in the movements for self-help and improvement- in the fashioning of working-class identity and respectability in the mid-nineteenth century British Empire. I am specifically looking at informal activities and formal institutions in select areas of Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and Australia.

My broader fields for teaching are Modern Europe, Modern Britain, Early Modern Atlantic Worlds, and Public History.

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