Dr Helen Rogers

Humanities and Social Science

I am a socio-cultural historian working in the English Department at Liverpool John Moores University. My main research interests are in nineteenth-century culture and society, crime and punishment, autobiography and working-class writing, the digital humanities and creative non-fiction. I am working on a book called ‘Conviction: stories from a nineteenth-century prison’ and blog about my research and creative approach to historical writing at www.convictionblog.com. From 2008-2015, I was an editor for the Journal of Victorian Culture. I am now leading a research project to set up an online archive of working-class autobiography.

In recent years I have developed three digital humanities modules which introduce students to online research skills, working with digital texts and archives, and using social media to create and disseminate their own research. You can read about this approach to student learning at www.bloggingbeyondtheclassroom.org.

In my third-year module, 'Writing Lives: A Collaborative Research Project on Working-Class Autobiography', students create an author blog and write ten research posts about their author's life and memoir. Their research is contributing to the development of an online archive on working-class autobiography. You can read their blogs at www.writinglives.org.

In my second-year module ‘Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession 1700-1900’, students set up their own blog and post weekly on narratives, representations and lived experience of crime and punishment. They also write a research post for the blog’s website www.prisonvoices.org. This innovative approach to student research is discussed by Zoe Alker in her article, ‘The Digital Classroom: New Social Media and Teaching Victorian Crime’, Law, Crime & History, 5.1 (2015): 77-92 http://www.pbs.plymouth.ac.uk/solon/hjournal2015Vo5p1.html.

Next year I will lead a new first-year module on ‘Digital Victorians: An Introduction to Digital Humanities’.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of the areas above. Current and past PhD students include:

Kate Taylor, ‘Angels of the Fallen Class’: Women, Inebriety and Domesticity 1890 – 1913
Philip Crown, The Poetry and Prose of the 'Conservative Bard', Robert Story (1795-1860)
Zoe Alker, Street Crime in Mid-Victorian Liverpool
Clare Horrocks, Proselytising Public Health Reform in Punch 1841-1858
Roy Vickers, The Gospel of Social Discontent: Religious Language and the Narrative of Christian Election in the Chartist Poetry of Thomas Cooper, Ernest Jones and William James Linton


1994, University of York, United Kingdom, DPhil

Academic appointments

Reader in Nineteenth Century Studies, English, Liverpool John Moores University, 1995 - present

Postgraduate training

PGCE, United Kingdom, University of Sussex, ? - present

Journal article

Rogers H, Cuming E. 2019. ‘Revealing Fragments: Close and Distant Reading of Working-Class Autobiography’ Family and Community History, 21 :180-201 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Rogers H. 2016. Women and Prison Women: A Cultural Review, 27 :469-472 DOI Public Url

Rogers H. 2016. Academic Journals in the Digital Age: An Editor's Perspective JOURNAL OF VICTORIAN CULTURE, 21 :112-117 DOI Author Url Public Url

Rogers H. 2016. Incarcerated Bodies: Interactions and Emotional Dynamics in an Early Victorian Prison Victorian Review, 42 :20-25 DOI

Rogers H. 2015. ‘A Very Fair Statement of His Past Life’: Transported Convicts, Former Lives and Previous Offences Open Library of Humanities, 1 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Rogers H. 2015. ‘Blogging Our Criminal Past: Public History, Social Media and Creative History’ Law, Crime and History, 5 :54-76 Publisher Url Public Url

Rogers H. 2014. Kindness and Reciprocity: Liberated Prisoners and Christian Charity in Early Nineteenth-Century England JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HISTORY, 47 :721-745 DOI Author Url Public Url

Rogers H. 2012. "Oh, what beautiful books!" Captivated reading in an early Victorian prison Victorian Studies, 55 :57-84 DOI

Rogers H. 2012. "Oh, what beautiful books!" Captivated Reading in an Early Victorian Prison. Victorian Studies: a journal of the humanities, arts and sciences, 55 :57-84 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Rogers H. 2012. ‘Singing in Gaol: Christian Instruction and Inmate Culture in the Nineteenth Century’ Prison Service Journal, :35-43

Rogers H. 2009. The Way to Jerusalem: Reading, Writing and Reform in an Early Victorian Gaol* PAST & PRESENT, :71-104 DOI Author Url

Rogers H. 1999. From 'Monster Meetings' to 'Fire-side Virtues'? Radical Women and 'the People' in the 1840s Journal of Victorian Culture, 4 :52-75

Rogers H. 1998. Print politics: The press and radical opposition in early nineteenth-century England NINETEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE, 53 :396-399 DOI Author Url

Rogers H. 1997. "The good are not always powerful, nor the powerful always good": The politics of women's needlework in mid-Victorian London VICTORIAN STUDIES, 40 :589-623 Author Url

Rogers H. The Match Girl and the Heiress by Seth Koven Victorian Studies, 58 :522-525 Public Url


Rogers H. 2016. Making their Mark: Young Offenders' Life Histories and Social Networks Nash D, Kilday AM. Law, Crime and Deviance since 1700 Micro-Studies in the History of Crime Bloomsbury Publishing 9781472585301 Publisher Url Public Url

Rogers H. 2016. Elizabeth Fry and Sarah Martin Atkins G. Making and Remaking Saints in Nineteenth-Century Britain :226-244 Oxford University Press 9781526100238

Rogers H. 2006. ‘In the Name of the Father: Political Biographies by Radical Daughters’ Life-Writing and Victorian Culture :145-164 Ashgate. Aldershot

Rogers H. 2006. ‘Women and Liberty’ Liberty and Authority in Victorian Britain :125-155 Oxford University Press. Oxford DOI

Rogers H, Broughton TL. 2006. Introduction: The Empire of the Father Broughton TL, Rogers TL. Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke

Rogers H. 2006. 'First in the House': Daughters on Working-Class Fathers and Fatherhood Broughton TL. Gender and Fatherhood in the Nineteenth Century Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke

Rogers H. 2004. Victorian Studies in the UK Taylor M, Woolf M. The Victorians since 1901 :244-259 Manchester University Press. Manchester 9780719067259

Rogers H. 2001. ‘“What Right Have Women to Interfere with Politics?”: The Address of the Female Political Union of Birmingham to the Women of England (1838)’ Ashplant TJ, Smyth G. Explorations in Cultural History :65-100 Verso. London

Rogers H. 1998. 'The Prayer, the Passion and the Reason' of Eliza Sharples: Freethought, Women’s Rights and Republicanism, 1832-1852 Radical Femininity: Women’s Self-Representation in the Public Sphere :52-78 Manchester University Press. Manchester


Rogers H. 2002. Any questions? The gendered dimensions of the political platform NINETEENTH CENTURY PROSE, 29 :117-132 Author Url


Rogers H. 2000. Women and the People: Authority, Authorship and the Radical Tradition in Nineteenth-century England Ashgate Pub Ltd 9780754602613

Conference presentation:

Success Through the Ages: Punch and the Modernist Challenge 1874 - 1906, BAVS Annual conference - Victorian Ages, Leeds Trinity, Oral presentation. 2015

Editorial boards:

Journal of Victorian Culture, Editor.