Matthew McCormack


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Matthew developed an interest in British history as an undergraduate at York and as postgraduate and ESRC postdoctoral fellow at Manchester. His PhD on the idea of ‘independence’ in Georgian England started out as a study in political culture, but increasingly became focused on issues of gender as he tried to understand the role of masculinity in debates about citizenship.

Matthew arrived in Northampton in 2004 and is now Professor of History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

Matthew built on his doctoral work by focusing upon the wider relationships between politics, war and masculinity in modern Britain. His first book, The Independent Man, explored the ways in which political and personal freedom were conceived of in terms of ‘manly independence’, particularly in relation to the vote.

More recently, Matthew has worked on the social and cultural history of the military in the long eighteenth century. He explores the themes of gender and citizen soldiering in his latest book, Embodying the Militia in Georgian England.

He sits on the executive committee of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and edits the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies.


Martyn Green; History

Motivations of Volunteers in Napoleonic Britain.


Michelle Corsaro; History

Medicine and the British army in the nineteenth century


Abbie Hofbauer; History

Doctoral Research Project.

Teaching Interests

Matthew teaches on a range of modules relating to his research on British history:

  • Themes and Perspectives in History
  • Power and Protest in British Society
  • Citizenship and Gender in Britain, 1760-1918
  • Narrating the Nation: Rethinking Modern British History
  • MA History Research Methods

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Military Arts & Humanities
Soldiers Arts & Humanities
Masculinity Arts & Humanities
Militia Arts & Humanities
History Arts & Humanities
Citizenship Arts & Humanities
Cultural History Arts & Humanities
Historian Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2005 2019

Citizenship and Gender in Britain, 1688-1928

McCormack, M., 20 Jun 2019, Abingdon: Routledge. 204 p.

Research output: Book/Report typesBookResearchpeer-review

Party Politics
New Cultural History

A man's sphere? British politics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

McCormack, M., Fletcher, C. (ed.), Brady, S. (ed.), Moss, R. E. (ed.) & Riall, L. (ed.), 8 Feb 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe. London: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 247-264 465 p. (Palgrave handbooks).

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
British Politics

Boots, material culture and Georgian masculinities

McCormack, M., 28 Sep 2017, In : Social History. 42, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Material Culture
Material Objects

The militia lists and family history

McCormack, M., 1 Jan 2017, In : East Midlands History and Heritage. Jan 2017, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Open Access

Tall histories: height and Georgian masculinities

McCormack, M., 29 Sep 2016, In : Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. 26

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Cultural Significance

Activities 2013 2013

Numbering the fighting men: population, bodies and the Militia lists of the eighteenth century

Matthew McCormack (Speaker)
19 Nov 2013

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarResearch

Press / Media

18th Century Now!

Matthew McCormack


1 item of Media coverage



The political culture of elections in Northampton, 1768-1868

Author: Dyndor, Z., 2010

Supervisor: McCormack, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis