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Victor Bailey, Ph.D.

Director, Hall Center for the Humanities
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Victor Bailey has been Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities since 2000. He is the Charles W. Battey Distinguished Professor of Modern British History at the University of Kansas. He has degrees from the Centre for the Study of Social History, University of Warwick, and from Cambridge University. He was a research officer at the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Oxford, and a research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and at Worcester College, Oxford. In 1999, he received a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. His research interests include the history of criminal law and criminal justice. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation has supported his research. He is the author of Delinquency and Citizenship: Reclaiming the Young Offender, 1914-1948 (Oxford University Press, 1987) and ‘This Rash Act:’ Suicide Across the Life Cycle in the Victorian City (Stanford University Press, 1998), and editor of Policing and Punishment in Nineteenth Century Britain (Rutgers University Press, 1981).  In 2014, he published the following two books: Order and Disorder in Modern Britain: Essays on Riot, Crime, Policing and Punishment; and Charles Booth’s Policemen: Crime, Police and Community in Jack-the-Ripper’s London.


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