Seth Koven

Associate Professor of History

Rutgers University

Seth Koven’s teaching and research interests include gender, social, economic, and cultural history of Europe, 1750 to the present, with particular focus on Great Britain; Modern European women's history; the history of sexuality; comparative urban and cultural history.

He has published on a variety of topics including the history of disability and the body; childhood; museums for the poor; gender, maternalism and comparative welfare states.  His publications include Mothers of a New World (1993) and Slumming: Social and Sexual Politics in Victorian London (Princeton University Press, 2004), which explores the relationship between eros and altruism in shaping social welfare in modern Britain.  He is completing a book, The Match Girl and the Heiress:  Christian Revolution in the London Slums (under contract with Princeton University Press) about the love, friendship, and global lives of a half-orphaned Cockney match factory worker, Nellie Dowell, and the daughter of a well-to-do shipbuilder and pacifist feminist humanitarian, Muriel Lester.  

He is also a founding member of the Rutgers British Studies Center, a major interdisciplinary scholarly project funded by a Mellon Foundation Grant, which supports visiting scholars, workshops, and seminars and provides generous funding for graduate student initiatives.