Donna T. Andrew - University of Guelph
'Newspaper advertisements and the public sphere in early eighteenth-century England'
University Professor Emerita, History Department, University of Guelph
Donna Andrew's publications include Philanthropy and Police: London Charity in the Eighteenth Century (Princeton, 1991); London Debating Societies 1776-1799 (London Record Society, 1994); with Randall McGowen, The Perreaus & Mrs. Rudd: Forgery and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century London (University of California, 2001); and Aristocratic Vice: The Attack on Duelling, Suicide, Adultery and Gambling in Eighteenth-Century England (Yale, 2013). She is currently working on two book projects, 'Mixed Messages: Newspaper Advertising in Eighteenth-Century London' and 'The Man Who Couldn't Die: The Strange Life of Samuel Burt'.
Katie Barclay - University of Adelaide
'Playing on emotion: the family, the law and the press in the eighteenth century'
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions, University of Adelaide.
Katie Barclay is the author of Love, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850 (Manchester, 2011), winner of the Women's History Network Book Prize and the Senior Hume Brown Prize in Scottish History. She is currently working with David Lemmings and Claire Walker on a monograph, Governing Emotions, which explores how high-profile trials featuring family disputes shaped public emotions and opinion in eighteenth-century Britain.
Rosalind Crone - Open University
'The rise of the press in criminal justice history: profits, problems and possibilities'
Lecturer in history - Open University
Rosalind Crone is author of Violent Victorians: Popular Entertainment in Nineteenth-Century London (Manchester, 2012), editor of several books on the history of reading, and has published a number of papers on popular culture, crime and literacy in nineteenth-century Britain. She is currently writing a monograph on prisoner education programmes in nineteenth-century England, and completing a volume of edited documents on Policing Entertainment, which will be published as part of the Pickering & Chatto series, The Making of the Modern Police, 1780-1914, in 2014.
Simon Devereaux - University of Victoria, Canada
'The secularization of truth-telling in the English courtroom, 1750-1850'
Associate Professor of History - University of Victoria, Canada.
Simon Devereaux has published extensively on a variety of criminal justice issues, including transportation, the pardon system, execution and the criminal courtroom, and is an expert on the history of the Old Bailey Sessions Papers. His most recent publications are 'Arts of Public Performance: Barristers and Actors in Georgian England', in David Lemmings (ed), Crime, Courtrooms and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1700-1850 (Ashgate, 2012) and 'Recasting the Theatre of Execution: The Abolition of the Tyburn Ritual', Past & Present (2009).
Rachael Griffin - University of Western Ontario
'Unwelcome guests?: State surveillance of foreign nationals in mid-nineteenth-century England'
PhD Candidate, Department of History - University of Western Ontario
Rachael Griffin's thesis, entitled 'Detective Policing and the State: The Detective Department of the Metropolitan Police, 1842-1878', examines the relationship between undercover policing, public opinion and state power in nineteenth-century England.
Douglas Hay - York University
'Magistrates, crusading journalists, and King's Bench in the early nineteenth century'
Osgoode Hall Law School and the Department of History - York University, Toronto
Douglas Hay teaches legal and social history at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Department of History at York University, Toronto. He co-edited and contributed to Albion's Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth-Century England (1975; 2nd ed. 2011), Labour, Law and Crime in Historical Perspective (1987), Policing and Prosecution in Britain 1750-1850 (1989), Friends of the Chief Justice: The William Osgoode Correspondence (1990), Eighteenth-Century English Society (1997), Masters, Servants, and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire (2004) and Criminal Cases on the Crown Side of King's Bench 1740-1800 (2010). His current work includes studies of the administration of English criminal law and of the court of King's Bench in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, judicial biography and the history of Irish and Scots employment law.
Magdalena Hentel - University of Western Ontario
'An "Insignificant-Looking Little Man": Press Representations of Lower-Middle-Class Masculinity in the Crippen Case'
PhD Candidate, Department of History - University of Western Ontario
Magdalena Hentel is a PhD candidate in the Department of History, The University of Western Ontario. Her thesis is entitled 'Temporary Gentlemen: The Masculinity of Lower-Middle-Class British Officers, 1914-1920'.
Michael Lobban - London School of Economics
'Habeas corpus and the rule of law in England, 1885-1914'
Professor of Legal History, London School of Economics
Michael Lobban studied history at the University of Cambridge in the 1980s, and has worked at the Universities of Oxford, Durham, Brunel and Queen Mary, London. He is now Professor of Legal History at the London School of Economics. He is the author of The Common Law and English Jurisprudence, 1760-1850 (1991), White Man's Justice: South African Political Trials in the Black Consciousness Era (1996) and A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Common Law World, 1600-1900 (2007). He is also one of the authors of The Oxford History of the Laws of England, vols 11-13 and one of the editors of Studies in Legal History, the book series of the American Society for Legal History.
Allyson N. May - University of Western Ontario
'The master, his servants and the press: The murder of Lord William Russell'
Associate Professor in the Department of History - University of Western Ontario
Allyson May is the author of The Bar and the Old Bailey (University of North Carolina Press, 2003) and The Fox-Hunting Controversy, 1781-2004: Class and Cruelty (Ashgate, 2013). Her current projects include a case study of the effects of the 1840 murder of Lord William Russell on the histories of the criminal trial, detective policing, capital punishment and crime fiction, and the prosecutorial work of barrister William Garrow.
James Oldham - Georgetown University
'Law reporting in the London Times, 1785-1820'
St Thomas More Professor of Law and Legal History, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
James Oldham's major work is The Mansfield Manuscripts and the Growth of English Law in the Eighteenth Century, two volumes, published by the University of North Carolina Press for the American Society for Legal History (1994). An updated one-volume abridgement of this work was published by UNC Press in 2004. In 2006 Trial by Jury: The Seventh Amendment and Anglo-American Special Juries, was published by New York University Press; Case-Notes of Sir Soulden Lawrence 1787-1800, is pending publication as the main series volume for 2011 for the Selden Society, London.
Nicholas Rogers - York University
'Patricide and the press: The case of Mary Blandy'
Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History, York University, Toronto
Nicholas Rogers' publications include Whigs and Cities: Popular Politics in the Age of Walpole and Pitt (Clarendon Press, 1989); Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Oxford, 2003) and The Press Gang: Naval Impressment and its Opponents in Georgian Britain (Continuum, 2008). His latest book is Mayhem: Post-War Crime and Violence in Britain, 1748-53 (Yale University Press, 2012.) Forthcoming is an edited set of documents on naval impressment entitled The Manning of the Royal Navy in Bristol, 1740-1815 (Bristol Record Society, no 46; Bristol, 2013).
Esther Snell - Southampton Solent University
'A visitor in King George's court: The experiences and representation of foreign nationals in the criminal justice system'
Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Southampton Solent University.
Specialising in the history of crime and mentalities in the early modern period, Esther Snell's research is particularly interested in the representation of criminality and justice in the media. Her most recent publication is 'Trials in Print: Narratives of Rape Trials in the Proceedings of the Old Bailey', in David Lemmings (ed), Crime, Courtrooms and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1700-1850 (Ashgate, 2012).
Miriam L. Wallace - New College of Florida
'Representing legal and political speech in eighteenth-century British satirical prints, 1750-1790'
Professor of English, New College of Florida
Miriam Wallace has written extensively on the radical writers of the 1790s. She authored Revolutionary Subjects in the English 'Jacobin' Novel (Bucknell, 2009) and edited Enlightening Romanticism, Romancing Enlightenment: British Fiction 1750-1830 (Ashgate, 2009). Re-Viewing Thomas Holcroft, co-edited with A.A. Markley, was published in 2012 (Ashgate). Recent essays explore legal rhetoric in women's fiction, the status of the gesturing body in legal speech and the 1780 Gordon Riots as nascent political protest. Her current project examines late-eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British sites of speaking and writing that enable those usually unauthorized to speak in public and political ways. She was recently awarded a Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship for 'Illustrating Speech: Depicting Professional, Popular, and Illicit Public Speaking, 1780-1820'.
Richard Ward - University of Leicester
'"To the Remark, Censure or Amendment of the Public": Letters to the London press on the subject of crime and justice in the eighteenth century'
Research Fellow - University of Leicester
Richard Ward completed a PhD in History at the University of Sheffield in 2011, under the supervision of Robert Shoemaker. He is currently in the final stages of producing a monograph upon the basis of that thesis, entitled Print Culture, Crime and Justice in Eighteenth-Century London (forthcoming, Bloomsbury, 2014). In 2012 he was awarded the Herman Diederiks Prize by the International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice for an article entitled 'Print Culture, Moral Panic, and the Administration of the Law: The London Crime Wave of 1744', published in the journal Crime, History & Societies. He is currently working as a Research Fellow in the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester on a Wellcome Trust-funded project, Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse.
We are grateful to the Department of History, the Department of English, the Faculty of Social Science, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Research Western for their financial support of this conference