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Dr Gary Hutchison

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 47213
Room number: SE117, Southend House

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I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on the ESRC/AHRC-funded research project ‘Causes and Consequences of Electoral Violence: Evidence from England and Wales 1832–1914’. This project will use new detailed data to examine electoral violence in England and Wales, seeking to discover and provide new answers to some of the most challenging questions concerning what leads to electoral violence, the consequences of electoral violence, and how it can be reduced in other contexts.

Before this, I completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh in late 2017. My thesis on the origins of the Scottish Conservative party between 1832–1868 explored the political culture(s) of Scottish politics, interconnections between parties on a British level, the role of parliament and local administration in Scottish governance, and the how ideological make-up of the party affected the course of Scotland and the UK more generally.

More broadly, my current research interests include electoral cultures throughout the UK, Scottish political culture in the nineteenth century, British radicalism and parliamentary politics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and development of the newspaper press in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

For further information, see my personal website: 

Teaching Areas

  • Coversations with History

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 2019: The Conservative Party and the Scottish Press, 1832-1880 (£1161.29 from )