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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



I studied History at the University of Oxford as an undergraduate and at the University of Cambridge as a postgraduate, attaining a first-class BA (Hons) and an MPhil with distinction. My PhD research focuses upon the Church of England’s influence upon English politics and society during the early nineteenth century. I have had a longstanding interest in this period of British history. In 2010, I was awarded the Julia Wood Prize by St Hugh’s College, Oxford, for an essay on the transition between the Georgian and Victorian eras. As an undergraduate at Oxford, I wrote a thesis on the religious significance of British coronations between 1761 and 1838, which was awarded the Gladstone Memorial Essay Prize in 2014. I have broadened the scope of my research while studying at Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Andrew Thompson. My MPhil thesis concerned the relationship between the Church of England and the monarchy from 1811 to 1837 as it was manifested in such areas as Anglican thought, court life, high politics and educational initiatives. I am now investigating the Church’s interaction with English political and social institutions more generally, as well as the implications of its numerical pre-eminence among the populace.  

Other academic interests           

The British monarchy, Anglican theology, constitutional history, political thought, historiography, architecture, the nineteenth-century USA, nineteenth- and twentieth-century popular culture. 

Department: History
Supervisor: Dr Andrew Thompson
College: Pembroke
AHRC Subject Area: History
Title of Thesis: 'The Activity and Influence of the Established Church in England, c. 1800-1837'
 Nicholas  Dixon