Margot Finn

Margot C. Finn, FBA is a British historian and academic, who specialises in Britain and the British colonial world during the long nineteenth century. She has been Professor of Modern British History at the University College, London (UCL) since 2012. Finn was previously the President of the Royal Historical Society and a trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum.[1][2]

Professor Margot Finn, September 2019

Prior to joining UCL, she was Professor of History and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick.[3]

On 24 November 2017, Finn presented her first annual Presidential address as President of the Royal Historical Society, discussing the subject of 'Loot' in her series on 'Material Turns in Modern British History'.[4]

In July 2019, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[5]

Professor Finn has supervised a number of PhD students that have gone on to employment at other universities and in the public research and philanthropy sectors. These include:

Dr. Jeffrey Reznick, Chief of the History of Medicine Division, US National History of Medicine Library

Dr. Sascha Auerbach, Lecturer in Modern British and Colonial History, University of Nottingham (and former Fulbright Scholar)

Dr. Katherine Foxhall, Lecturer in Modern History, University of Leicester (and former Wellcome Trust Research Fellow)

Selected publicationsEdit

  • The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857. UCL Press, London, 2018. (Edited with Kate Smith) (free pdf download)
  • After Chartism: Class and Nation in English Radical Politics 1848-1874 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
  • The Character of Credit: Personal Debt in English Culture, 1740-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
  • ‘Family Formations: Anglo India and the Familial Proto-State’, in David Feldman and Jon Lawrence, (eds), Structures and Transformations in Modern British History: Essays for Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 100-17
  • ‘“Frictions” d’empire: les réseaux de circulation des successions et des patrimonies dans la Bombay colonial des années 1780’, Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 65, 5 (2010), pp. 1175-1204
  • ‘The Barlow Bastards: Romance Comes Home from the Empire’, in Margot Finn, Michael Lobban and Jenny Bourne Taylor, (eds), Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Nineteenth-Century Law, Literature and History, ed. (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010), pp. 25-47
  • ‘Anglo-Indian Lives in the Later Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 33, 1 (March 2010), pp. 49-65
  • ‘Slaves out of Context: Domestic Slavery and the Anglo-Indian Family, c. 1780-1820’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th series, 19 (2009), pp. 181-203
  • ‘Scenes of Literary Life: The Homes of England’, in James Chandler, (ed.,) The New Cambridge History of English Literature: The Romantic Period (Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 293-313
  • ‘Colonial Gifts: Family Politics and the Exchange of Goods in British India, c. 1780-1820’, Modern Asian Studies, 40, 1 (2006), pp. 203-32


  1. ^ "Professor Margot Finn". University College London. Retrieved 13 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Professor Margot Finn". RHS. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Margot Finn: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  4. ^ Eye, Square (24 November 2017). "Presidential Address 2017: 'Loot', Prof. Margot Finn". RHS.
  5. ^ "New Fellows 2019" (PDF). The British Academy. Retrieved 27 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)