I joined the School of History as a Lecturer in Modern British History in September 2012, having completed my AHRC funded PhD. in the School earlier that year. Both my teaching and research focus on the histories of politics, diplomacy and political culture in Modern Britain.

My recent and forthcoming publications explore the multifaceted nature of female political influence in Victorian Britain. I am currently working on my first monograph - ‘A Female Politician: Mary, Countess of Derby, and the Politics of Victorian Britain' (OUP, forthcoming).

I serve as the course director for the MA in Modern British History and the BA in History and Politics.

All Publications

Davey, J.


‘Guilty Women’, Foreign Policy, and Appeasement in Inter-War Britain, by Julie V. Gottlieb,

in English Historical Review



pp. 1020–1022

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)


Davey, J.


‘Wearing the Breeches’? Almack’s, the female patroness, and public femininity c.1764-1848,

in Women's History Review



pp. 822-839

Full Text UEA Repository



Charmley, J., Davey, J.


The Invisible Politician: Mary Derby and the Eastern Crisis,

in On the Fringes of Diplomacy.


pp. 17-34

ISBN 978-1-4094-0119-3

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Davey, J.


Crossing the Floor: Mary Derby, the Fifteenth Earl and the Liberals, 1878-1882,

in Conservatism and British Foreign Policy, 1820-1920 : The Derbys and their World.

pp. 169-188

ISBN 978-0754669296

Full Text UEA Repository



Teaching Interests

I teach undergradate and postgraduate modern British history. I convene the second year module The Duchess of Devonshire to Nancy Astor: Women, Power and Politics, the third year special subject We are not Amused: The Life and Times of Queen Victoria and the core module on the Modern British MA The Making of Modern Britain.