Dr Heather Ellis

Photograph of Dr Heather EllisVice-Chancellor’s Fellow
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 3627
Email: h.l.ellis@sheffield.ac.uk

Research Interests

Research interests

Heather’s research interests lie chiefly in the field of intellectual history and the history of knowledge. At present, her research focuses on cultures of knowledge-making in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain. She is currently working on two projects in this area:

1. The Classical Origins of Modern Science: Heather’s Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship project examines the importance of ancient Greek and Roman texts, ideas, art and architecture in the emergence of modern science as a coherent body of knowledge in Britain in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It will result in a monograph currently under contract with OUP.

2. Mapping the Spatial and Conceptual Geographies of Britain’s Literary and Philosophical Societies, c. 1780-1914: This project aims to establish for the first time the number, geographical spread and intellectual networks of literary and philosophical societies in Britain, Ireland and North America between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries. It explores their role as knowledge-making institutions and sites of higher education.

Recently completed projects include a monograph - Masculinity and Science in Britain, 1831-1918 - which examined the masculine self-fashioning of male scientists in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. The research for this project was undertaken as part of a postdoctoral project at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017 (http://www.palgrave.com/br/book/9781137311733).

Before this, Heather worked on a number of projects in the history of universities and transnational scholarly networks. Her first monograph, based on her doctoral research, Generational Conflict and University Reform: Oxford in the Age of Revolution (http://www.brill.com/generational-conflict-and-university-reform), was published by Brill in 2012 and won the 2014 Kevin Brehony prize for the best first book by the History of Education Society UK.



Heather gained her PGCert in Academic Practice from Liverpool Hope University in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in British and European History and History of Education. Before starting at Sheffield, she taught at Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Liverpool Hope University. In Berlin, Heather was a Lecturer and Researcher in British History.

At Liverpool Hope, she was Senior Lecturer in History of Education and was responsible for designing, organising and delivering all courses in the History of Education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has supervised many successful MA theses in British, European and educational history. At Sheffield she teaches on both the MA and EdD programmes (Higher Education strand) and would be happy to supervise PhD and EdD students looking to work in the history of knowledge, intellectual history and the history of higher education.



• Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
• Refereeing for the following journals: Cultural and Social History, English Historical Review, Historical Journal, History of Education, History of Universities, Journal of Victorian Culture
• Member of the Executive Committee of the History of Education Society and member of the Editorial board for the Society’s journal, History of Education.
• Co-convenor of the BERA History SIG



Ellis, H. (under contract). The Classical Origins of Modern Science in Britain, 1800-1850. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ellis, H. (forthcoming 2016). Masculinity and Science in Britain, 1831-1918. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ellis, H. (2012). Generational Conflict and University Reform: Oxford in the Age of Revolution. Leiden & Boston: Brill.

Books - Edited

Ellis, H. (Ed.). (2014). Juvenile Delinquency and the Limits of Western Influence, 1850-2000. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ellis, H. and Kirchberger, U. (Eds.). (2014). Anglo-German Scholarly Networks in the Long Nineteenth Century. Leiden & Boston.

Journal Articles

Ellis, H. (2015). Knowledge, Character and Professionalization in Nineteenth-Century British Science. History of Education 43:6, 777-792. doi: 10.1080/0046760X.2014.964006

Ellis, H. (2014). Thomas Arnold, Christian Manliness and the Problem of Boyhood. Journal of Victorian Culture 19:4, 425-441. doi: 10.1080/13555502.2014.969975

Ellis, H. (2014). Foppish Masculinity, Generational Identity and the University Authorities in Eighteenth-Century Oxbridge. Cultural and Social History 11:3, 367-384. doi: 10.2752/147800414X13983595303318

Ellis, H. (2013). Efficiency and Counter-Revolution: Connecting University and Civil Service Reform in the 1850s. History of Education 42:1, 23-44. doi:10.1080/0046760X.2012.697922

Ellis, H. (2012). Reconciling Classical and Christian Culture? Marcus Aurelius and his Meditations in Victorian Scholarship. New Voices in Classical Reception Studies 7, 1-12.

Ellis, H. (2011). ‘A Manly and Generous Discipline’?: Classical Studies and Generational Conflict in Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century Oxford. History of Universities 25:2, 143-172. doi: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199694044.001.0001

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Ellis, H. (2018) Men of science: The British Association, masculinity and the First World War, in M-E. Chagnon and T. Irish (Eds) The Academic World in the Era of the Great War, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 43-64.

Ellis, H. (2017) From the French Revolution to Tractarianism: student revolt and generational identity at the University of Oxford, 1800-1845, in P. Dhondt and E. Boran (Eds) Student Revolt, City, and Society in Europe: From the Middle Ages to the Present, London: Routledge. 136-151.

Ellis, H. (2017) Collaboration and knowledge exchange between scholars in Britain and the Empire, 1830-1914, in H. Joens et al. (Eds) Mobilities of Knowledge, Cham: Springer. 141-155.

Ellis, H. (2016) Stoicism in Victorian culture, in J. Sellars The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition, London: Routledge. 319-330.

Ellis, H. (2015) ‘These heroic days’: Marxist internationalism, masculinity and young British scientists in the 1930s and 40s, in D. Pomfret and R. Jobs (Eds) Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 70-91.

Ellis, H. (2014) ‘Intercourse with foreign philosophers’: Anglo-German collaboration and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, in U. Kirchberger and H. Ellis (Eds) Anglo-German Scholarly Networks in the Long Nineteenth Century, Leiden: Brill. 176-194.

Ellis, H. (2014) ‘Enlightened networks: Anglo-German collaboration in classical scholarship, 1750-1850, in U. Kirchberger and H. Ellis (Eds), Anglo-German Scholarly Relations in the Long Nineteenth Century, Leiden: Brill. 23-37.Ellis, H. (2012) National and transnational spaces: academic networks and scholarly transfer between Britain and Germany in the nineteenth century, in R. Wenzlhuemer and I. Loehr (Eds) The Nation State and Beyond: Governing Globalization Processes in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century, Cham: Springer.127-148.

Ellis, H. (2010) Corporal punishment in the English public school in the nineteenth century, in L. Brockliss, H. Montgomery and G. Rousseau (Eds) Childhood, Violence and the Western Tradition, Oxford: Oxbow Books. 141-146.

Ellis, H. (2011) Elite education and the development of mass elementary schooling in England, 1870-1930, in L. Brockliss and N. Sheldon (Eds) Mass Education and the Limits of State Building,

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