I am an historian of nineteenth-century Britain and the British Atlantic World, and currently Associate Professor (Reader) in Modern British History. I have taught at Hallam since 2005.
I work mainly on nineteenth-century British political and cultural history, with research specialisms in the history of popular politics and protest, the visual and material culture of politics, and the history of emotions. I remain passionate about nineteenth-century Britain, and believe that we still have much to learn about this fascinating period. Whether it's the Luddites, the Chartists, or the lives of artisans and millworkers - groups at the centre of my research - it is important that we as historians continue to research and reflect on these topics and communicate our findings to a wide range of audiences.
Specialist areas of interest
Political and social history of modern Britain; radical politics and protest.
Popular radicalism and protest politics, especially Luddism and Chartism, and parliamentary reform
How perspectives and methodologies drawn from visual and material culture can be used to cast new light on established areas of historical enquiry like parliamentary reform and protest
Social Sciences and Arts
Revolutions in the Atlantic World; Communicating History; Chartism
Roberts, M. (2021). Tory-Radical Feeling in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley, and Early Victorian England. Victorian Studies, 63 (1).
Roberts, M. (2021). Women and Late Chartism: Women's Rights in Mid-Victorian England. The English Historical Review.
Roberts, M. (2019). Politics, Performance and Popular Culture: Theatre and Society in Nineteenth-Century Britain. PARLIAMENTARY HISTORY, 38 (2), 299-301. http://doi.org/10.1111/1750-0206.12422
Roberts, M. (2018). Richard Oastler, Toryism, Radicalism and the limitations of Party, c.1807-1846. Parliamentary History, 37 (2), 250-273. http://doi.org/10.1111/1750-0206.12364
Roberts, M. (2018). Daniel O'Connell, repeal and Chartism in the age of Atlantic revolutions. The Journal of Modern History, 90 (1), 1-39. http://doi.org/10.1086/695882
Roberts, M. (2017). Rural Luddism and the makeshift economy of the Nottinghamshire Framework Knitters. Social History, 42 (3), 365-398. http://doi.org/10.1080/03071022.2017.1327644
Roberts, M. (2015). Archive Report: Labouring in the Un-digitized Chartist Archive. Labour history review, 80 (2), 195-200. http://doi.org/10.3828/lhr.2015.8
Roberts, M. (2013). Chartism, Commemoration and the Cult of the Radical Hero c.1770-c.1840. Labour history review, 78 (1), 3-32. http://doi.org/10.3828/lhr.2013.2
Roberts, M. (2013). Election Cartoons and Political Communication in Victorian England. Cultural and Social History, 10 (3), 369-395. http://doi.org/10.2752/147800413X13661166397229
Nixon, M., Pentland, G., & Roberts, M. (2012). The material culture of Scottish reform politics, c.1820-c.1884. Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 32 (1), 28-49. http://doi.org/10.3366/jshs.2012.0034
Roberts, M. (2011). Resisting “Arithmocracy”: Parliament, community, and the Third Reform Act. Journal of British Studies, 50 (2), 381-409. http://doi.org/10.1086/658188
Roberts, M. (n.d.). E.P. Thompson, Shirley, and the Antinomian Tradition in West Riding Luddism and Popular Protest. Labour History: a journal of labour and social history.
Roberts, M. (2021). Catholicism and Constitutionalism in William Cobbett’s English and Irish Medievalism. In Subaltern Medievalisms. Medievalism "from below" in Nineteenth-Century Britain. (pp. 19-38). Boydell & Brewer: http://doi.org/10.1017/9781787448575
Roberts, M. (2015). '"The Feast of the Gridiron is at hand" : Chartism, Cobbett and Currency'. In Grande, J., & Stevenson, J. (Eds.) William Cobbett, Romanticism and the Enlightenment : Contexts and Legacies. (pp. 107-121). London: Pickering and Chatto
Roberts, M. (2013). 'A terrific outburst of political meteorology’: by-elections and the Unionist electoral ascendancy in late-Victorian England. In Otte, T.G., & Readman, P. (Eds.) By-elections in British politics, 1832-1914. (pp. 177-200). Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer
Roberts, M. (2019). Chartism, Commemoration and the Cult of the Radical Hero. Abingdon: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Chartism-Commemoration-and-the-Cult-of-the-Radical-Hero/Roberts/p/book/9780367187583
Theses / Dissertations
Stanley, J.W. (2020). The Yorkshire miners 1786-1839: a study of work, culture and protest. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Roberts, M. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00324
Co-book reviews editor for Labour History Review