School of History, Philosophy and Culture

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  • Professor Virginia Crossman

    Professor of Modern Irish History

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 484226



    Virginia Crossman completed her doctorate on official reactions to rural unrest in pre-Famine Ireland at Oxford University in 1985. She then spent two years as Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies in Belfast working on local government in 19th-century Ireland. She has held lectureships at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and Keele Universities and joined the History Department at Oxford Brookes in January 2005. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Higher Education Academy Registered Practitioner. She has published extensively on aspects of government and administration in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland; most recently on the history of the Irish poor law. Her current research focuses on vagrants and vagrancy.