Dr Mo Moulton

Dr Mo Moulton

Department of History
Senior Lecturer in the History of Race and Empire

I am a historian of 20th century Britain and Ireland, interested in politics, economics, culture, queer theory, and colonialism/postcolonialism.


  • PhD, Brown University, 2010
  • A.M., Brown University, 2005
  • S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001


After studying history at MIT (a surprising but happy choice), I worked in the non-profit sector, mainly on campaign financing, in San Francisco and New York. I earned a PhD, funded in part by the SSRC and a Mellon grant, from Brown University under the supervision of Professor Deborah Cohen. From 2010 to 2016, I taught at Harvard University’s History and Literature program.

For more information, please visit: http://momoulton.com/


I convene the MA in Modern British Studies. At the undergraduate level, I teach 'Gross Indecency to Gay Marriage: Gender and Sexual Minorities 1885 to the present' and Research Methods.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in projects relating to Britain and Ireland, roughly 1890-1950, and connecting to my main areas of research.

Find out more - our PhD History  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Both of my current research areas take the first decades of the twentieth century as a moment of intense experimentation and transformation around ideas of community and identity.

The first, “Democracy and State Direction: Practical Experiments in Political Economy” is about economic citizenship and decolonization. It uses the curious story of ubiquitous agricultural co-operatives in last decades of the British Empire to ask how the co-operative became a method for producing a certain type of economic citizen. Ultimately, it seeks to provide a new framework for understanding how current ideas about international development, including the primacy of the market and the centrality of the individual entrepreneur, came to be enshrined.

The second, a reaction to current debates about the ontology of the couple and queer forms of kinship and family-making, explore the strategies and identities of queer non-monogamy in the 1920s-1940s.

Other activities

All of my writing and other miscellaneous projects, both academic and non-academic, can be found at my personal website.


Recent publications


Moulton, M 2019, Mutual admiration society: how Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford circle remade the world for women. 1st edn, Corsair, London . <https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/titles/mo-moulton/mutual-admiration-society/9781472154439/>

Moulton, M 2014, Ireland and the Irish in interwar England. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


Moulton, M 2017, 'Not to Nationalise, but to Rationalise? Cooperatives, Leadership, and the State in the Irish Dairy Industry 1890-1932', Irish Economic and Social History, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 85-101. https://doi.org/10.1177/0332489317718977

Moulton, M, Delaney, E, de Nie, M & O'Neill, C 2016, 'Roundtable Discussion: Teaching Transnational Irish History', Eire-Ireland; a journal of Irish studies, vol. 51, no. 1&2, pp. 266-277.

Moulton, M 2013, '"You Have Votes and Power": Women's Political Engagement with the Irish Question in Britain, 1919-23', Journal of British Studies, pp. 179-204. https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2012.4


Moulton, M 2020, Les Cooperatives et la decolonisation dans l'empire britannique. in A Blin, S Gacon, F Jarrige & X Vigna (eds), L'utopie au jour le jour: Une histoire des experiences cooperatives (XIXe-XXIe siecle). Arbre Bleu editions, Paris.

Moulton, M 2013, Bricks and flowers: unconventionality and queerness in Katherine Everett's life writing. in B Lewis (ed.), British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 63-86.

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