Staff Profiles

Dr Tom Crook

BA, MA, PhD,

Reader in Modern British History

School of History, Philosophy and Culture

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Tom Crook

Phone number: +44 (0)1865 484246


Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T532

I’m an historian of modern Britain, with a particular interest in matters of statecraft, politics and governance, including “systems”: there’s more on this below. I studied politics and modern history as an undergraduate at the University of Manchester, where I remained for my postgraduate work, completing first an MA in Cultural History and then a doctorate, which was awarded in 2005. I began work at Oxford Brookes the same year, and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2010.

I have published five books, including, most recently, a monograph with the University of California Press, entitled Governing Systems: Modernity and the Making of Public Health in England, 1830–1910; and my articles, sole and co-authored, have appeared in the European Review of History, Social History, Journal of Victorian Culture, Body and Society, History, Past & Present, Historical Research, Urban History, and Historical Journal, among other places.  

I currently act as Postgraduate Research Tutor for the School, and as Chair of the University’s Research Degrees Committee. I also hold external examiner appointments at the universities of Portsmouth and Hertfordshire.