Rutherford, Emily

Field: Modern Europe; Advisor: Pedersen

I work on the intellectual and cultural history of modern Britain. My dissertation project is about universities and university reform in Britain, c. 1850-1930. It traces debates over topics such as the inclusion of women and other nontraditional student populations, changes in curriculum, and the relationship of education to politics and the state; as well as the cultural changes that such debates provoked. More broadly, I am interested in gender and sexuality, political and philosophical liberalism, and the reception of the classical tradition. I am a participant in the New York–Cambridge Training Collaboration in modern British history, which unites faculty and graduate students across three institutions.

I received a B.A. from Princeton in 2012, and an M.Phil. in Modern British & European History from Oxford in 2014. My article "Impossible Love and Victorian Values: J.A. Symonds and the Intellectual History of Homosexuality" appears in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of the History of Ideas, and my article "Sidgwick's Greek Prose Composition: Gender, Affect, and Sociability in the Late-Victorian University" is forthcoming in the Journal of British Studies.

I'm very happy to talk with prospective grad students in British or modern European history. Please feel free to get in touch!