Staff Profiles

Dr Tom Crook

BA, MA, PhD,

Senior Lecturer 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: Tonge Building, 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.