Reader in Nineteenth-Century Studies, LJMU

Helen is a SHS committee member and editor of the Community Exchange.

She is a socio-cultural historian working in the English Department at Liverpool John Moores University, and a former editor for the Journal of Victorian Culture.

Her main research interests are in nineteenth-century culture and society, crime and punishment, autobiography and working-class writing, the digital humanities and creative non-fiction.

She is working on a book called ‘Conviction: stories from a nineteenth-century prison’ and blogs about her research and creative approach to historical writing at She is also leading a research project to set up an online archive of working-class autobiography.

In her university teaching, she has in recent years developed three digital humanities modules which introduce students to online research skills, working with digital texts and archives, and using social media to create and disseminate their own research. You can read about this approach to student learning at

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