Dr Thomas Dixon

Reader in History; Director, Centre for the History of the Emotions

Location Arts Two 2.31

Email: t.m.dixon@qmul.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8425

I am a historian of philosophy, science, medicine, and religion, with particular expertise in the history of emotions, and in Victorian intellectual and cultural history.

I joined the School of History at Queen Mary in 2007 and since 2008 have been Director of the Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions, and editor of the History of Emotions Blog.

My PhD (1996-2000) and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000-2003) at the University of Cambridge were followed by a period as a Lecturer in History at Lancaster.

Research 

My current research interests are in the histories of emotions (especially tears and weeping), medicine and science, and in the cultural history of philosophy (including Stoicism and existentialism). Previous research projects have explored the histories of psychological categories, Victorian moral thought, and the relationships between science and religion.
 
Key areas of research:
  • The history and meanings of ‘passions’, ‘emotions’, ‘affections’ and related categories in science, medicine, philosophy and theology
  • The history of ‘altruism’ and Victorian theories of morality
  • The life and thought of the Scottish philosopher and physician Thomas Brown (1778-1820)
  • The relationship between science and religion
  • Moral and emotional aspects of education
  • Tears and weeping, especially in British history
  • The cultural history of philosophy

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

 

  • History of passions, emotions, feelings and sensibility
  • Cultural and social history of philosophy and philosophers
  • History of science, medicine, psychiatry, and sexuality
  • Intellectual, cultural, and religious history of modern Britain since the eighteenth century

Publications 

 

Accolades

 

Membership of professional associations or societies

Editorial Positions

  • Editor of Journal of Victorian Culture (co-editor, with Helen Rogers, Ruth Livesey, and Joseph Bristow)
  • Co-editor with Jules Evans of History of Emotions Blog (co-editor with Jules Evans)
  • Co-editor with Professor Ute Frevert of ‘Emotions in History, 1500-2000’: Oxford University Press book series

Appearances in the media

I have worked as a presenter, consultant and contributor on a range of television and radio projects: