Ben Weinstein

Ben Weinstein received his PhD from Cambridge University in 2006. In 2006–2007 he was Leverhulme Visiting Fellow in British History at the University of Sunderland, and in 2007–2008 he held a teaching fellowship at the University of Warwick.

Office: Powers 242B
Phone: (989) 774–3452
Email: weins1bj@cmich.edu
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Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Weinstein specializes in the history of Victorian Britain and its empire. His recently published book, Liberalism and Local Government in Early-Victorian London, explores the ways in which cultures and institutions of local government helped to shape metropolitan liberalism between 1832 and 1855. Professor Weinstein is also interested in Victorian attitudes toward ‘heritage’, Victorian modernity, and the role played by municipal institutions and municipal cultures in constructing imperial identity and promoting imperial cohesion. He teaches courses on modern Britain, nineteenth-century Europe, and modern world history.

Selected Publications

“Reconsidering a Late-Victorian Dyad: Preservationism, Demolitionism, and the City of London Churches”, The Journal of British Studies (forthcoming).

Liberalism and Local Government in Early Victorian London (Boydell & Brewer, Royal Historical Society, 2012).

‘Local Self-Government Is True Socialism’: Joshua Toulmin Smith, the State, and Character Formation,” English Historical Review (September, 2008), 1193–1228.

“Metropolitan Whiggery, 1832–1855,” in London Politics, 1760–1914, ed. Matthew Cragoe and Antony Taylor (Palgrave, 2006), 57–74.

Popular Constitutionalism and the London Corresponding Society,” Albion 34.1 (2002), 37–57.​​​​​​

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