Dr Richard Ward

Lecturer in Digital History


Extension: 4324

Telephone: 01392 724324

I am an historian of crime, justice and punishment in Britain, c.1700-1850, with a particular interest in digital approaches to the subject.

My research focuses on four main issues:

  1. The reporting of crime and justice in print culture
  2.  Capital punishment
  3.  Convicts and the "Information State"
  4.  Digital histories of crime

Since completing a Ph.D. in 2011, I have worked on two major research projects:

My first monograph, Print Culture, Crime and Justice in Eighteenth-Century London, was published with Bloomsbury in 2014, and I recently edited  A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse.

I design and teach modules on crime history, digital history and eighteenth-century Britain, and I also contribute to modules on historical research skills and the early modern period.

I am interested in how digital technologies can enhance public engagement with, and the impact of, academic research into crime history.