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.


Select publications

  • Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women (Little, Brown / Basic Books, 2019)
  • Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • With Enda Delaney, Ciaran O’Neill, and Michael de Nie, “Roundtable Discussion: Teaching Transnational Irish History,” Eire-Ireland (vol. 51 no. 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2016)
  • “‘You Have Votes and Power’: Women’s Political Engagement with the Irish Question in Britain, 1919-21,” Journal of British Studies Vol. 52: 1 (Jan. 2013)
  • Bricks and Flowers: Representations of gender and queer life in interwar Britain,” in British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives, ed. Brian Lewis (Manchester University Press, 2013)

For a full list of publications, please visit: http://momoulton.com/

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