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Mr Jack Taylor

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I am in the second year of my PhD in the History department, which is generously funded by the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE). My thesis is provisionally titled: Sexual Violence against Men, c.1761-1861.

I hold a BA in History from the University of Hull, and a double MA in Women's and Gender Studies (GEMMA) from the University of Hull and Central European University, Budapest.

Outside of academia, I worked for a short time as part of a local team which researched modern slavery for the organisation Walk Free, at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, Hull, of which findings were published in the Global Slavery Index 2014. Following this, I worked for a number of years at Bletchley Park.

Research interests

My PhD looks at male victims of sexual violence in late eighteenth and nineteenth century England. While male sexuality has been a popular topic of academic study, sexual violence against men has not been studied sufficiently. As such, this project will look at a variety of contexts in order to understand it. Firstly, 'civil' contexts in London, utilising criminal records and newspaper accounts. Then, an institutional focus, looking at two mostly-male institutions which grew massively over this period: the Navy and Prison.

This thesis covers many of my research interests, which more broadly include: gender history, the history of crime and violence, masculinity studies, and social history.