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Personal profile


I trained at the University of Manchester where I completed a BA in History (2007), MA in Victorian Studies (2008), and an AHRC-funded PhD exploring the role played by newspapers in shaping Victorian ideas about the United States (2012). While finishing my doctoral project I obtained a 6 month lectureship at Swansea University before joining Edge Hill in the summer of 2012.

Research interests

I work on the history of nineteenth-century Britain and America, with a particular focus on journalism, popular culture, jokes, transatlantic relations, and the Digital Humanities.


I teach across the BA History degree programme at Edge Hill. In particular, I am responsible for leading modules on Victorian journalism and the history of Crime and Society in 18th and 19th century England. My teaching methods make particularly extensive use of digital tools and archives and my modules are all designed to encourage students to use these resources in the pursuit of original historical research. I supervise BA and MA dissertations on subjects relating to nineteenth century social and cultural history. I am currently Director of Studies for two PhD students, both of whom are working on the history of nineteenth-century journalism. If you are interested in pursuing MA or PhD research linked to any of the topics outlined above, then please feel free to get in touch.

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University

… → 2012

Victorian Studies, MA, Manchester Metropolitan University

… → 2008

History, BA, Manchester Metropolitan University

… → 2007

Other positions

Lecturer, Swansea University

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Research Output

  • 140 Citations
  • 9 Article
  • 6 Chapter

'Capital Company': Writing and Telling Jokes in Victorian Britain'

Nicholson, B., 7 Aug 2020, Victorian Comedy and Laughter: Conviviality, Jokes and Dissent. Lee, L. (ed.). Palgrave, p. 109-139 30 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The ‘Most-Talked-Of Creature in the World’: The ‘American Girl’ in Victorian Print Culture

NICHOLSON, BOB., 30 Apr 2019, Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900s The Victorian Period. Easley, A., Gill, C. & Rodgers, B. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 178 196 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

In Search of America: Topic Modelling Nineteenth Century Newspaper Archives

Van Galen, Q. & Nicholson, B., 25 Sep 2018, In : Digital Journalism.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 40 Downloads (Pure)

    The Development and Transformation of Anglo-American Relations in Lawn Tennis around the Turn of the Twentieth Century

    Lake, R. J., Eaves, S. J. & Nicholson, B., 31 May 2018, In : Sport History Review. 49, 1, p. 1-22

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    80 Downloads (Pure)

    Digital Research

    Nicholson, B., 31 Jul 2016, Research Methods for History. Gunn, S. & Faire, L. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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