Staff Profile

  • Mark studied for his MA and PhD degrees at the University of Exeter between 2000 and 2005. This was followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship (The Postan Fellowship) funded by the Economic History Society. Mark was based at the Cambridge Group for the Study of Population and Social Structure during this year.

    After a few years teaching on a part-time basis Mark was appointed Associate Research Fellow on a British Academy small grant project and a three-year AHRC research project, both of which were focused on the masculine identities of landed gentry men.

    Mark was appointed postdoctoral research assistant on the project ‘Consumption and the country house’ here at Northampton with Professor Jon Stobart in April 2010. He was then appointed Lecturer in History in September 2011 and Senior Lecturer in History August 2012.


  • Undergraduate

    • Empires through history
    • Introduction to Women’s History
    • Persecution Toleration and Rebellion, Struggles for Liberty and Freedom in Historical Context
    • The English Country House, 1650-1850
  • Mark’s research interests focus on British elites between the late seventeenth and the early twentieth centuries, particularly the landed gentry. They include a wide range of social, political and economic aspects of gentry life such as gender and masculinities, demography, family dynamics, empire and agrarian pressure groups. He has published widely on these subjects in top ranking journals and books.

    Mark’s recent research includes:

    • ‘England Changing Hands: Land Sales in England 1918-1921, The Country Landowners Association and the Decline of English Landed Society a European Context’, European Social Science History Conference, Valencia, Spain, 30 March 2016 (Panel Organiser)
    • ‘The Digitization of Personal Documents in the History of Masculinities’, at ‘DIY Digitisation: The Informal Uses of Digital Photography in Special Collections’, one day symposium at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 8 January 2016
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Mark Rothery’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.