Academic CV – Vic Clarke


PhD English & History, University of Leeds                                                      October 2016 – 2020

‘Reading and Writing the Northern Star, 1837-1848’

AHRC funded interdisciplinary doctoral project co-supervised by Dr. Richard Salmon (English) and Professor Malcolm Chase (History). I explore the ways that the leading Chartist newspaper, the Northern Star was used as a tool for the creation, maintenance, and disruption of masculine communities of protest in the early Victorian period.

MA Victorian Literature, University of Leeds                 2014-2016

BA (Hons) English Literature with English Language & Linguistics,                                                   
University of Roehampton                                                   2011-2014
First Class honours.

Work Experience

Public Consultation, East End Women’s Museum
September – December 2019

Analysed the museum’s Public Consultation project, the data collection of which ran from June to October 2019. This involved blending quantitative survey data as well as qualitative creative responses to the prompts ‘My Day at the East End Women’s Museum’, completed mostly by school-age children as well as local Women’s Institute and Dementia Support groups connected to the Steering Group members. This project involved designing a comprehensive analysis framework to compare two very different sets of data, writing a comprehensive report for potential funders and the general public, as well as attending heritage industry conferences and networking events on behalf of the museum.

Letterpress Project, University of Leeds (October 2017-
December 2018

I was appointed Research Assistant and Project Administrator on the AHRC funded Letterpress Project, jointly run by Dr. James Mussell of University of Leeds and Prof. Caroline Archer, Birmingham City University. As part of this role I organized two interdisciplinary workshops in Dublin and Bath on aspects of print culture past and present, as well as a two-day international conference held at Leeds, for which I successfully applied for Bibliographical Society funding to support postgraduate students. In addition to these duties, I collected and analysed feedback from events into a report for the AHRC and created an online Directory of academics, artists, libraries, and heritage professionals working with letterpress.


Clarke, Victoria, ‘Review: Breadwinner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy (2020) – Emma Griffiths,’ Women’s History Review, forthcoming 2020.

Clarke, Victoria, ‘Time, Place, and Gender in the Chartist Periodical’ under consideration at Victorian Periodicals Review.

Clarke, Victoria Jane (contributor), ‘RSVP Bibliography: 2015-2017), Victorian Periodicals Review, Spring 2020.

Clarke, Vic, ‘Who was there?’, ‘Kennington 1848: Another Look,’ ed. Peter Galpin, Kennington Chartist Project (Independent Publishing Network, 2019).

Clarke, Victoria, ‘Identifying the Readers and Correspondents of the Northern Star, 1837-1848’ Ed. Ian Cawood and Lisa Peters, Print, Politics, and the Provincial Press in Modern Britain (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019).

Clarke, Victoria, ‘Morris & Co. X H&M: 19th Century Theory meets 21st Century Execution,’ The Victorianist. October 2018. []


In my practice I value seminar discussions accompanied by group note-taking to ensure that all students have the same basis of information. When teaching both introductory poetry and Victorian literature modules, I especially encourage students to critically deconstruct the literary canon and be active in analyzing the ideologies that have privileged white, male, heteronormative writers and texts above all. In future I would like to design an interdisciplinary History and English module about publication and circulation of texts from the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries.

Spring 2020 – Lecturer and Seminar tutor on L2 undergraduate module, ‘Victorian Literature’

Summer 2019 – Module leader for Leeds International Summer School module ‘British Literature and the Brontës,’ including visits to the Brotherton special collections, Leeds Art Gallery, and a day trip to the Brontë Parsonage, Haworth.

Spring 2018 and 2019 – Seminar tutor on L1 undergraduate module ‘Poetry: Reading & Interpretation,’ University of Leeds.

Impact & Engagement

‘Ask a Historian,’ Kennington Common 170July 2018

Part of a Heritage-Lottery Funded project, the Kennington Common 1848 project was a series of celebrations to organized by the Friends of Kennington Common to commemorate the area as a site of activism for over 170 years. I was a resident historian, taking questions from the public and sharing information about the mass Chartist Meeting of 1848. I furthermore contributed an essay to the publication, ‘Kennington 1848: Another Look,’ a pamphlet of short essays for general, non-specialist audiences.

Invited Talks

Celebration of Margaret Beetham, Manchester Metropolitan University – July 2019

I was invited to appear as part of a postgraduate panel on using archived periodicals for a one-day symposium celebrating the life and work of Margaret Beetham. An extended version of this paper, entitled, ‘Time, Place, and Gender in the Chartist Periodical,’ is currently under consideration for publication in Victorian Periodicals Review.

Selected Conferences

University of Sheffield, Locating the Brontes – November 2019

University of Leeds, New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Studies – September 2019

Universities of Huddersfield and Leeds, Everyday Fashion: Extraordinary Stories of Everyday Clothes – June 2019
Presenter, “Fustian jackets, unshorn chins, blistered hands’: The fabric of the Chartist movement, 1837-1848’

Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies Autumn/Winter 2018 Seminar Series – November 2019
Presenter, ‘’Chartist Intelligence’: or, How to Be an Activist in the 1840s’

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Radical Temperance – June 2018
Presenter, awarded WRoCAH small award funding.

Bishop Grossteste University, Lincoln, BAVS Annual Conference: Victorians Unbound, August 2017
Presenter, awarded WRoCAH small award funding.

University of Chester, Chartism Day 2016 – June 2016
Presenter, awarded a postgraduate bursary from the Society for the Study of Labour History.

University Service

School of English, English Postgraduate Seminar (2017-2018)

Along with a colleague I convened the popular Postgraduate Seminar series, highlighting the newest work being done by postgraduates of all stages within our department, organizing timetables well in advance and arranging refreshments.

Postgraduate Taught School Representative (2015-2016)

During my MA I won endorsements from students on my course as well as staff members to mediate between MA students and Staff within the School of English for their feedback and opinions on their experiences of studying at Leeds. I found my duties to be very enjoyable, especially board of studies meetings, which give me a valuable insight into the hive mind workings of a University.

Professional Development

Publicizing your Research in the Media’ (2018)
Training for ESRC and AHRC academics on how to prepare and disseminate key aspects of research for TV and Radio interviews.

British Library – Working with Archives (2016)
Open day for doctoral students on identifying and using material from the British Library’s holdings for research.

Research Interests

Following the completion of my PhD I aim to publish a monograph on the Northern Star newspaper, which would be the first full-length study of this influential periodical. At present I am developing a postdoctoral project on the histories of ethical fashion in Britain, from 1803-2023.