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Stefanie Shackleton, PhD

Historian of Britain, Ireland, and the Empire: class, culture, and gender

in the long nineteenth century

Chair of the DEI Committee for the North American Conference on British Studies


2022-2023 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the

Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

2021-2022 AAUW American Dissertation Fellow

Click below to view CV, or scroll down for more!


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‘For the Education and Improvement of the People’: Working-class Knowledge
and Respectability in the Nineteenth-Century British Imperial World

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"Woe-Begone and Shabby:" Navigating Class and Gender from Metropole to Colony, 1835-1875

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About Me

I received my PhD from the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin in 2022. I am a first-generation and non-traditional student, active in mentorship and advocate efforts that seek to make higher education equitable for all students who wish to pursue it.

My general research field is the social and cultural history of Modern Britain and its Empire; but more specifically, I focus on class, labor, and gender in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the settler colonies of Australia in the long nineteenth century.

Besides my main teaching fields in the History of Modern Europe, I am also prepared and experienced with subjects in Early Modern Atlantic HIstory (including both US History Surveys), and Public History.

For more information on my research, mentorship work, and other information, feel free to explore the pages below.

Talks and Events

Presentations and Panels Coming Up

“‘Woe-begone and very shabby:’ Responsibility and Respectability at the Threshold of the Exhibition of 1851”

“Thresholds of Consumerism: From the Crystal Palace to the World’s Columbian Exposition” panel at Thresholds:
45th Annual Conference
Nineteenth-Century Studies Association in March 2024.

Workshop with the Institute for Historical Studies at UT Austin in January 2023.

Previous: “Nothing if Not Resourceful: Working-Class Autonomy Through Middle-Class Learning Initiatives”

Presentation at the In Search of Britain Seminar at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, France
March 2022.

Previous: “’Studying earnestly, silently, and with the most perfect order:’ Learning and the Construction of Working-Class Respectability”

“Shaping Knowledge: Learning and Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries” panel at the North American Conference on British Studies
November 2020

Service and Projects

Outside of Teaching and Research


NACBS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Coordinating Council of Women in History Mentorship Committee

Mentorship Coordinator (Previous)

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UT Austin College of Liberal Arts
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

Graduate Student Representative

My Courses

Upper-Level and Seminar Courses

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At Work, At Home, and
Abroad: British Society in the Long Nineteenth Century

Early Modern Atlantic Worlds: Societies and Cultures in Contact

Public History: A Broad Introduction

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