Jones, Emily

Lecturer in Discipline, Modern British History


Ph.D. – University of Oxford, 2015
M.St. – University of Oxford, 2011
B.A. – University of Manchester, 2010


Interests and Research

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.



  • Contemporary Civilization
  • HIST UN3366: Intellectual Life in Nineteenth-Century Britain



  • 2015-2017: Mark Kaplanoff Research Fellowship, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
  • 2017: Conference Organisation awards: Christ Church, University of Oxford and the Royal Historical Society
  • 2014-2015: Lothian Studentship, History Faculty, University of Oxford (£6,000)
  • 2011-2014: Full Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award, University of Oxford
  • 2010: Tout Prize for Best Overall Performance, University of Manchester



Edmund Burke and the Invention of Modern Conservatism, 1830-1914: An Intellectual History (Oxford: OUP, 2017, including Oxford Scholarship Online:

‘Conservatism, Edmund Burke, and the Invention of a Political Tradition, c. 1885-1914’, Historical Journal, 58 (Dec. 2015), pp. 1115-39.