Dr Kathryn Rix

Current Research

Assistant Editor Commons 1832-1868

History of Parliament Research

I joined the History of Parliament in 2009 after several years at Cambridge. I am the assistant editor of the House of Commons, 1832-1945 project. We are currently working on the period 1832-1868, for which I’m researching biographies of MPs and constituencies in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Suffolk.

Research and Publications

I have a long-standing interest in the development of party organisation, changes in electoral culture, the interactions between the local and national dimensions of electoral politics, and legislative attempts to tackle electoral corruption. More recently I have begun working on parliamentary speech-making and the reporting of parliamentary proceedings.

I am a member of the project board for the Vote 100 project which will be marking the 100th anniversary of partial female enfranchisement in 2018.

My publications include:

- ‘The Second Reform Act and the problem of electoral corruption’, Parliamentary History, 36:1 (2017), 64-81,

- Parties, agents and electoral culture in England, 1880-1910 (Boydell and Brewer, 2016),

- ‘ “Whatever passed in Parliament ought to be communicated to the public”: reporting the proceedings of the Reformed Commons, 1833-1850’, Parliamentary History, 33:3 (2014), 453-74,

- ‘Professionalisation and political culture. Party agents, 1880-1914’, Journal of Liberal History, 84 (2014), 18-25,

- ‘By-elections and the modernisation of party organisation, 1867-1914’, in By-elections in British Politics, 1832-19