Dr Mo Moulton

Dr Mo Moulton

Department of History
Lecturer in the history of race and empire

Contact details

Political and social history of 20th century Britain, Ireland, and empire.


  • 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/


  • Decline and Fall of Empires
  • Practising History; Historical Methods.

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to supervise research projects on modern Britain, Ireland, empire, and decolonisation.

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


My current research project, “Democracy and State Direction: Practical Experiments in Political Economy,” is about economic citizenship and decolonization. It uses the curious and virtually unstudied 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. Case studies include Irish co-operative creameries, the colonial coffee industry in Tanganyika, and dairy co-operatives in Gujarat. Placing British experiments in the company of Soviet collectivization, Brazil’s estado novo, and the New Deal in the United States, it  provides 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.  In addition, I am working on a side project on a group of friends centered around detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) who were among the first women to earn degrees from Oxford University.

Other activities

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


Select publications

  • 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/