Professor Anne-Marie Kilday

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Faculty



  • U67776 Jack the Ripper and the Victorian Underworld (3rd year) [Advanced Study in the History of Crime]
  • U67774 In Cold Blood: Violence in the Modern Era (3rd year) [Advanced Study in the History of Crime]
  • U67527 Witchcraft, Magic and Belief (3rd year) [Advanced Study in the History of Crime]
  • U67721 Crime and Punishment through the Ages (2nd year)
  • U67502 Age of Revolutions (1st year)

Professor Kilday's specialist teaching focuses on the history of violent crime and its punishment in Britain and America. The subject of crime is examined through a range of different contexts and perspectives in order to come to a fuller understanding of its importance over time and place.


  • P67569 Behaving Badly: From Deviance to Modernity.

Professor Kilday has supervised MA dissertations on a range of topics including juvenile crime, female deviance, domestic violence, gang warfare, serial killing and capital punishment.

She is currently supervising doctoral research students working on counterfeiting, forgery and fraud in eighteenth and early nineteenth century England and Wales; violence and masculinity in the eighteenth century; and, judicial systems and crime in eighteenth century Gloustershire and Oxfordshire. Professor Kilday welcomes applications from students interested in the history of crime and punishment in Europe and Beyond since 1600.


Crime, gender and punishment since the early modern period in both European and global contexts, with particular reference to crimes of violence.

The history of crime in Britain in the eighteenth century, with a particular emphasis on gender and crime, and gender specific crimes such as infanticide, along with more comparative interests in violent and non-violent criminality in terms of national and regional trend variations in the early modern period.

The history of punishment in Europe in the early modern period, reflecting interests in the development of attitudes towards certain types of crime and certain types of criminals and how they were punished both by the authorities, and by the society of the day.

Currently Anne-Marie is writing a research monograph for Palgrave with Professor David Nash entitled Shame and Modernity: Culpability and Blame in Twentieth Century Britain.  She is also doing research for two book-length projects.  The first relates to a history of violence in Scotland (for Routledge) and the second is a history of homicide in Britain since 1600 (for Palgrave). 

Research Dissemination

Seminar Series organised since 2001

  • On-going seminar series (with David Nash and in conjunction with the department of Law at Oxford Brookes University), Law, Crime and Deviance: Past into Present.


Conference papers given since 2001

  • Professor Kilday has given 52 conference papers since 2001. The three most important were as follows:
  • 'A Great Effusion of Blood?' Violent Women in south-west Scotland, 1750-1815', British Women's History Network, Annual Conference, Glasgow (2004).
  • 'Hell-raising and Hair Razing: Violent Property Crime in Nineteenth Century Scotland', Glasgow Caledonian University (September, 2007).
  • 'Scarcely Recognisable as Human Beings: Infanticidal Mothers in Eighteenth Century Britain.' Social History Society Annual Conference (January, 2008).

Conferences organised since 2001

  • Co-organiser of conference on Victorian Deviance in England and France (with Nathalie Vanfasee, University of Provence) at the Maison Francaise, Oxford in July 2003.
  • Organiser of conference on 'The Unforgiveable Crime: Child Murder in History' at St Antony's College, Oxford in September 2003.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday was educated at the University of St Andrews before completing her PhD in History at the University of Strathclyde. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust and the ESRC. She has been teaching at Oxford Brookes since 2001. Professor Kilday is now the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Professor Kilday is on the editorial board of the e-journal Crimes and Misdemeanours: Deviance and the Law in Historical Perspective.

  • Membership of Professional Bodies
  • British Society of Criminology
  • Social History Society
  • Higher Education Academy
  • SSHA Criminal Justice / Legal History Network


  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters


  • Women and Crime in Enlightenment Scotland (Boydell and Brewer, 2007).
  • Histories of Crime: Britain 1600-2000 [edited with David Nash] (Palgrave, 2010).
  • Cultures of Shame: Exploring Crime and Morality in Britain 1700-1900 [with David Nash] (Palgrave, 2010).
  • A History of Infanticide in Britain (Palgrave, 2013).
  • Shame and Modernity: Culpability and Blame in Twentieth Century Britain [with David Nash] (Palgrave, forthcoming 2015).
  • Murder and Mayhem: Crime in Twentieth Century Britain [edited with David Nash] (Palgrave, forthcoming 2015).
  • The Violent North? Crime in Scotland 1660 to the Present (Contracted to Routledge,
  • True Crime Histories: Micro-Studies in Law, Crime and Deviance since 1700 [edited with David Nash] (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2016).
  • A History of Homicide in Britain since 1600 (Contracted to Palgrave, forthcoming 2016).
  • Crime, Law and Religion in Britain since 1600: A Curious Relationship [with David Nash] (Contracted to Palgrave, forthcoming 2017).

Journal articles

Edited Journal Special Issues:
  • 'Social Deviance in England and France c. 1830-1900' (edited with N. Vanfasse), Cahiers Edouardiens et Victoriens, Vol. 61 (April 2005). [Includes co-written introduction and article 'Who was Wearing the Trousers in Victorian England? Violent Wives and Violent Women.']
  • 'Infanticide, Religion and Community in the British Isles, 1720-1920' (edited with K. Watson), Family and Community History, vol. 11, no. 2 (November 2008). [Includes co-written introduction and article '"Monsters of the Vilest Kind": Infanticidial Women and Attitudes to their Criminality in Eighteenth-Century Scotland.']
Journal Articles:
  • 'A Great Effusion of Blood? Violent Women in south-west Scotland, 1750-1815', Journal of Legal History (Summer, 1998), pp. 35-49.
  • 'Child Murder in Georgian England' (with Dr. K. Watson), History Today, Vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 40-46.
  • 'Monsters of the Vilest Kind: Infanticidal Women and Attitudes towards their Criminality in Eighteenth Century Scotland', The Journal of Family and Community History, Vol. 11 (2008).
  • 'Infanticide, Religion and Community in the British Isles, 1720-1920: Introduction' (with K. Watson), The Journal of Family and Community History, Vol. 11 (2008).
  • 'Hell-Raising and Hair-Razing: Violent Robbery in Nineteenth Century Scotland', Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 92 (2014), pp. 255-74.
  • 'A Strange Kind of Loving: The Crime of Bestiality in Pre-Modern Scotland', submitted to The Journal of the History of Sexuality. [Submitted - October 2014]

Book chapters

  • 'Maternal Monsters: Murdering Mothers in Eighteenth Century Scotland', in Y. Brown and R. Ferguson (eds.), Twisted Sisters: Women, Crime and Deviance in Scotland Since 1400 (Ashgate, 2002).
  • 'Women and Crime in Britain, 1700-1850' in H. Barker and E. Chalus (eds.), Women's History: Britain, 1700-1850 (Routledge, 2006).
  • 'The Ladykillers: Homicidal Women in Early Modern Britain' in K. Watson (ed.), Assaulting the Past: Placing Violence in Historical Context (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007).
  • 'Desperate Measures or Cruel Intentions: Infanticide in Britain since 1600' in A.M. Kilday and D.S. Nash (eds.), Histories of Crime: Britain 1600-2000 (Palgrave, 2010).
  • 'The Barbarous North? Criminality in Early Modern Scotland' in T.M. Devine and J. Wormald (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History (Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • 'Hurt, Harm and Humiliation: Community Responses to Deviant Behaviour in Early Modern Scotland' for M. Muravyeva and D.S. Nash (eds.) Blame, Shame and Culpability: Crime, Violence and the Modern State (published in Russian and English) (Routledge, 2012).
  • 'Contemplating the Evil Within: Examining Attitudes to Criminality in Scotland , 1700-1840' in D. Lemmings (ed.) Crime, Courtrooms and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1700-1850 (Ashgate, 2012), pp. 147-66.
  • 'Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions: Criminal Women in Eighteenth Century Scotland' in K. Barclay and D. Simonton (eds) Women in Eighteenth Century Scotland (Ashgate, 2013), pp. 253-70.
  • 'That Women are but Men's Shadows': Examining Gender, Violence and Criminality in Early Modern Britain' in M.G. Muravyeva and R.M. Toivo (eds) Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Taylor and Francis), pp. 53-72.
  • 'Angels with Dirty Faces? Violent Women in Early Modern Scotland' in P. Blanc and R. Hillman (eds.) Female Transgression in Early Modern Britain [published in French and English] (Ashgate, 2014), pp. 141-62.