School of History


Emily Manktelow is a lecturer in British Imperial History. She is interested in the social, cultural and familial history of the British Empire in the nineteenth century, as well as colonial and postcolonial history more broadly. Having completed her PhD at King's College London in 2010, she spent two years as Teaching Fellow in Colonial and Postcolonial History at the University of Exeter, and one year as Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of York.

Her research interests have focussed on the history of missionary families in the nineteenth century and are strongly influenced by gender history, cultural history and colonial/postcolonial history. She is a founding member of the Christian Mission in Global History seminar at the Institute of Historical Research and her first academic monograph Missionary Families: Race, Gender and Generation on the Spiritual Frontier was published by Manchester University Press in August 2013.

Emily has a strong interest in the day-to-day dynamics of colonialism, and her current research is concerned with the social and global history of gossip. Her work (individual and collaborative) has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the University of London, Yale University (through the auspices of the David M. Stowe Fellowship), the Economic History Society and the Royal Historical Society. She is a founding member of the Family and Colonialism Research Network, and would be delighted to hear from anyone with an interest in families and colonialism.

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Room N3.E7
Rutherford College
University of Kent

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Manktelow, E. (2017). 'Gender and the Family in Colonial Mission'. Journal of Religious History.
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Manktelow, E. (2016). Making Missionary Children: religion, culture and juvenile deviance. in: Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-World and British Colonial Contexts, 1800-1950. Routledge. Available at:
Manktelow, E. (2017). Gender, Power and Sexual Abuse in the Pacific: Rev Simpson's "Improper Liberties". [Online]. London, UK: Bloomsbury.. Available at:
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