Emily Jones

Lecturer in Discipline, Modern British History

Columbia University

Emily Jones specializes in the intellectual, cultural, and political history of Victorian and Edwardian Britain. More specifically, her work focuses on the development of ideas about intellectual and political traditions such as ‘C/conservatism’. Her first and most recent book, Edmund Burke and the Invention of Modern Conservatism, 1830-1914: An Intellectual History, examines the transformation of Burke (1730-97) from Whig politician to ‘founder of modern conservatism’ in Britain. This is not only the story of the formative period in which Burke became a canonical political thinker, but of the process by which a distinctive tradition – ‘Burkean conservatism’ – was constructed, established, and widely circulated by 1914. She is currently working on the development of further aspects of Conservative and Unionist thought - beyond Burke - in the late Victorian and Edwardian period.