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Dr Naomi Lloyd-Jones

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of History


About me

I am a historian of nineteenth-century Britain, with an especial interest in political language, behaviour and culture in the age of ‘mass democracy’. 

My new Leverhulme-funded project, Meeting the challenge of mass politics in Britain: the Liberal caucus, 1875-1914 explores whether British politics became less participatory as it became more democratic. The project focuses on the British Liberal party, which, to appeal to and organise expanding electorates in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, pioneered new mechanisms for collective action. The party democratised its practices and established ‘popular’ associations that aimed to capture, represent, and shape public opinion, producing the first modern party programmes. I am investigating how successfully Liberals seized opportunities to marry mass membership party structures to a mass electorate.

I am also working on my first monograph, entitled Scotland and the First Home Rule Movement: National Identity, Political Culture and the Liberal Party, 1886-1914, to be published by Edinburgh University Press. A history of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Scottish nationalism, it examines the first campaign for devolution and the relationship between nationalism and the Liberal party. It argues that modern Scottish nationalism was a product of multi-nation mass politics and made the challenges of democratisation harder to meet, providing the long-view on major constitutional issues.

From September 2023, I am the Modern (post-1707) Editor at the Scottish Historical Review.

I completed my PhD at King's College London in 2019, where I also taught on modern British History. In 2020, I won a King's Doctoral Studies prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis. Prior to joining Durham, I was College Lecturer in History at Hertford College, University of Oxford, between 2017 and 2021, and Retained Lecturer in History at Exeter College, Oxford, between 2020 and 2021. I taught on modern British and European history, historical methods, and historiography.

Research interests

  • Modern Britain
  • Four nations history
  • Political culture
  • National identity

Esteem Indicators

  • 2022: Parliamentary History Essay Prize: Proxime Accessit in the 2022 Parliamentary History Essay Prize
  • 2020: Outstanding Thesis Award: Winner of King's College London-Elsevier Doctoral Studies Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis
  • 2015: RHS Essay Prize: Winner of the 2015 Royal Historical Society David Berry Prize for best essay on Scottish history 


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