Dr Eloise Moss

Lecturer in Modern British History

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B.A. History (Hons.), Royal Holloway, University of London, 2007

M.A. Modern British History, University of Manchester, 2008

D.Phil History, Oxford, 2013

I grew up in the village of Horndean on the outskirts of Portsmouth, where my love of history was first inspired by the city's fantastic naval heritage and a great deal of indulgence on the part of my parents. Having gained work experience at 17 in the Royal Naval Museum (where I continued to work part-time for the next five years), I took my undergraduate degree in History at Royal Holloway from 2004-2007, followed by an AHRC-funded Masters degree in Modern British History at the University of Manchester from 2007-2008. My MA dissertation, on a Victorian sex scandal at Bolton's Fishpool Workhouse (a case study I revisited in a 2020 article in Gender & History), laid the groundwork for my decision to specialise in histories of crime, gender, culture, and urban space in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. After a year working as research assistant to Professor Julie-Marie Strange on her project on Victorian fatherhood, I went to Oxford to pursue my AHRC-funded D.Phil, entitled 'Cracking Cribs: Representations of Burglary and Burglars in London, 1860-1939,' at Magdalen College (2009-2013, supervised by Professor Matt Houlbrook). Since completing my D.Phil, I have held posts as Past and Present Fellow (2013-14) at the Institute of Historical Research, and as Stipendiary Lecturer in History at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. I was absolutely delighted to rejoin the University of Manchester in September 2014 as Lecturer in Modern British History, and in July 2020, was recently promoted to Senior Lecturer. My first book, Night Raiders: Burglary and the Making of Modern Urban Life, London 1860-1968 (Oxford University Press), was published in July 2019. Night Raiders uses burglary as a lens to explore the relationship between crime, urban space, gender and sexuality, and temporality in modern Britain (see 'Research Interests'). Night Raiders was endorsed by esteemed scholars in the national press: in the Times Higher Education Supplement, Clive Bloom (Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies at Middlesex University, currently Faculty of New York University) opined ‘Eloise Moss’ excellent new history of burglars and burglary [is] the result of meticulous research coupled with a style that is highly readable.’ In the Daily Telegraph, Matthew Beaumont (Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature at University College London) praised ‘Eloise Moss’s detailed, richly informative account of burglary in the British capital …Moss has spent a long time in the archives, some of them impressively obscure, to reconstruct the cultural history of burglary.’

A related collaborative research project with Dr Charlotte Wildman and Dr Ruth Lamont (Law) has also explored child emigration from Britain to Canada during the period 1860-1935, analysing this system through the lens of histories of gender and the history of emotions, legal histories of adoption and child labour, and the economy of emigration in the North West of England.

My next single-authored monograph is provisionally entitled 'Hotelympus: A History of Pampering and Prejudice in Modern Britain.' It interrogates how access to, and labour within hotels (including enduring notions of 'service') has often held unusual significance at key junctures in successive civil rights movements, including women's suffrage, campaigns against racism and discrimination on the basis of disability, LGBTQ+ activism, as well as class and labour relations. Such campaigns were fought with surprising regularity around experiences of discrimination in hotels whenever marginalised groups attempted to work inside, enjoy romantic stays within, or physically access these high-profile and often historic sites. Hotels therefore afford the perfect starting-point for analysing the clashes between globalisation and domestic social and political prejudices, transposed onto everyday experiences of holidays and travel.

Areas of expertise

  • D204 Modern History - Modern British HIstory, History of Crime, History of sexuality, Urban space, Gender History

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2013 - Doctor of Philosophy, Cracking Cribs: Representations of Burglary and Burglars in London, 1860-1939, Oxford University (2009 - 2013)
  • 2008 - Master of Arts, MA Modern British History, The University of Manchester (2007 - 2008)
  • 2007 - Bachelor of Arts, BA History (First Class Hons), Royal Holloway, University of London (2004 - 2007)

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