Dr Richard Huzzey
My principal research and teaching interests lie in modern British and imperial history. I am currently researching a new history of the aboilition of the slave trade and slavery within the British Empire. I am also collaborating in a series of research projects examining petitioning and popular politics.
Alongside Henry Miller, I lead a research project on 'Re-thinking petitions, Parliament, and people in the long nineteenth century', which is generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust. In the period 1780-1918 petitions to Parliament - but also other bodies of authority - provided one of the principal channels for popular political expression. Our project offers unprecedent scrutiny of this phenomenon by looking at the totality - and variety - of petitions to MPs from men and women, humble or haughty, across Britain and the British Empire. We also keep in touch with a growing number of scholars examining petitions from other times and places through our our AHRC Research Network on petitioning.
I have previously examined the descent of British anti-slavery politics after emancipation, charting the ways in which abolitionist ideas thrived in Victorian Britain and encouraged new vectors of imperial expansion. I co-edited a volume on The Suppression of the Atlantic Slave Trade (Manchester University Press, 2015), and my first book was Freedom Burning: Anti-Slavery and Empire in Victorian Britain (Cornell University Press, 2012). I am co-editor of the Liverpool Studies in International Slavery book series.
I was a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool and led the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers and the International Slavery Museum. Before that, I held a lectureship at Plymouth University and a post-doctoral research fellowship at Yale University. I researched my doctorate at St. Catherine's and St. Anne's colleges, University of Oxford, and studied for my BA and Master's degrees at St. Anne's.
- Associate Director, Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University
- Member, Advisory Council, Institute of Historical Research
- Convenor, Modern British and Imperial History Reading Group, Department of History
Durham offers fantastic resources for research into modern British and imperial history. I welcome inquiries from potential postgraduate research students, especially where your interests touch on political culture, social movements, or slavery and abolition.
I am currently primary supervisor to the following current postgraduate students:
- Margaret Armstrong (PhD student, 2017 - , "The New Poor Law in County Durham")
- Carrie Long (AHRC CDP student, 2018 - , "The social agency of petitioning, c. 1789-1860")
- Ciara Stewart (Leverhulme Research Project student, Durham University, 2016 - , "Irish Women's Petitions to the House of Commons")
I had the pleasure to supervise the doctoral research of the following graduates:
- Dr. Nick Bubak (PhD, University of Liverpool, 2012 - 2016, "Hyper-Citizenship and the Experience of Youth in the Edwardian Scouting Movement")
- Dr. Joe Kelly (ESRC CASE PhD, University of Liverpool, 2014 - 2017, "Supply Chains and Moral Responsibility: Slavery and Capitalism after British Emancipation")
- Dr. Joe Mulhern (AHRC CDP student, 2014 - 2018, "After 1833: British entanglement in Brazilian Slavery, c. 1840-1888")
- Dr. Jim Powell (Part-time PhD, University of Liverpool, 2014 - 2018, "King Cotton in Exile: The American Civil War and British Raw Cotton")
- Fellow, Royal Historical Society
- Member, Historical Association
- Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
- Member, Study of Parliament Group
Department of History
- Britain and Continental Europe
- Economic and Social History
- Political Cultures
- Transnational History
Department of History
- Modern Britain and the British Empire
- Popular Politics and Social Movements
- Slavery and Abolition
- Petitions in the United Kingdom, c. 1780-1918
Indicators of Esteem
- 2013: Whitfield Prize, proxime accessit: Royal Historical Society
- 2011: Alexander Prize: Royal Historical Society
- Huzzey, Richard (2012). Freedom Burning: Anti-Slavery and Empire in Victorian Britain. Cornell University Press.
- Huzzey, Richard (2017). Race, Anti-Caste and the Victorians. History Workshop Journal 83(1): 341-346.
Chapter in book
- Huzzey, Richard (2018). Contesting Interests: Rethinking Pressure, Parliament, Nation, and Empire. In Pressure and Parliament: From Civil War to Civil Society. Huzzey, Richard Wiley Blackwell. 1-17.
- Taylor, Stephen & Huzzey, Richard (2018). From Estate under Pressure to Spiritual Pressure Group: The Bishops and Parliament. In Pressure and Parliament: From Civil War to Civil Society. Huzzey, Richard Wiley Blackwell. 89-101.
- Huzzey, Richard (2017). Manifest Dominion: The British Empire and the 1860s Crises of the Americas. In American Civil Wars: The United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s. Doyle, Don H. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 82-106.
- Huzzey, Richard & McAleer, John (2015). History, memory, and commemoration of Atlantic slave-trade suppression. In The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade: British policies, practices and representations of naval coercion. Burroughs, Robert & Huzzey, Richard Manchester: Manchester University Press. 166-187.
- Huzzey, Richard (2015). The politics of slave trade suppression. In The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade: British policies, practices and representations of naval coercion. Burroughs, Robert & Huzzey, Richard Manchester University Press. 17-52.
- Huzzey, Richard (2014). Concepts of liberty: Freedom, laissez faire and the state after Britain’s abolition of slavery. In Emancipation and the Re-making of the British World. Hall, Catherine, Draper, Nicholas & McClelland, Keith Manchester: Manchester University Press. 149-171.
- Huzzey, Richard (2013). British Liberties, American Slavery, and the Democracy of Race. In The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776–1914. Dzelzainis, Ella & Livesey, Ruth Ashgate. 121-134.
- Huzzey, Richard (2012). Gladstone and the Suppression of the Slave Trade in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. In William Gladstone: New Studies and Perspectives. Windscheffel, Ruth Clayton, Quinault, Roland & Swift, Roger Ashgate. 253-266.
- Huzzey, Richard (2018). Pressure and Parliament: From Civil War to Civil Society. Parliamentary History Texts and Studies. Wiley Blackwell.
- Burroughs, Robert & Huzzey, Richard (2015). The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade: British policies, practices and representations of naval coercion. Studies in Imperialism. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
- Huzzey, Richard & Miller, Henry (2020). Petitions, Parliament and Political Culture: Petitioning the House of Commons, 1780-1918. Past and Present
- Huzzey, Richard (2019). A Microhistory of British Anti-Slavery Petitioning. Social Science History 43(3): 599-623.
- Huzzey, Richard (2012). Minding civilisation and humanity in 1867: A case study in British imperial culture and Victorian anti-slavery. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 40(5): 807-825.
- Huzzey, Richard (2012). The moral geography of British anti-slavery responsibilities. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 22: 111-139.
- Huzzey, Richard (2010). Free trade, free labour, and slave sugar in Victorian Britain. Historical Journal 53(02): 359-379.
Available for media contact about:
- History & Archaeology: Slavery and Abolition in the British Empire
- Modern History: Britain & Ireland: Slavery and Abolition in the British Empire
- Politicial, cultural, social history: Slavery and Abolition in the British Empire
- History & Archaeology: Petitions and popular politics
- Modern History: Britain & Ireland: Petitions and popular politics
- Politicial, cultural, social history: Petitions and popular politics
- Politics & Society: Petitions and popular politics
- Government: Petitions and popular politics
- Ms Anna Jones
- Miss Ciara Stewart
- Margaret Armstrong
- Mr David Barber
- Miss Carrie Long
- Mr. Daniel Doherty
- Mr. Mark Markov
- Mr. Newby Mccabe
- 2017: RI220005: Petitioning and the (Re) making of political representation in Britain, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, £3798.00, 2017-01-01 - 2017-12-20
- 2016: Re-thinking Petitions, Parliament and People in the Long Nineteenth Century (£312745.00 from Leverhulme Trust)