Catherine Hall

Emerita Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History

University College London

Catherine Hall's research focuses on re-thinking the relation between Britain and its empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in the ways in which empire impacted upon metropolitan life, how the empire was lived 'at home', and how English identities, both masculine and feminine, were constituted in relation to the multiple 'others' of the empire. Civilising Subjects looks at the process of mutual constitution, both of colonizer and colonized, in England and Jamaica in the period between the 1830s and the 1860s. Catherine's recent book, Macaulay and Son: Architects of Imperial Britain (2012), focuses on the significance of the Macaulays, father and son, in defining the parameters of nation and empire in the early nineteenth century.

Catherine was Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Legacies of British Slave Ownership (2004-12), and of the new ESRC/AHRC funded project 'The Structure and Significance of British-Caribbean Slave-Ownership, 1763-1833' (2013-16).