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.
- 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
- Rothery, M. (2018) Communities of kin and English landed gentry families of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Family & Community History. 21(2), pp. 112-128. 1463-1180.
- French, H. and Rothery, M. (2018) Male anxiety among younger sons of the English landed gentry, 1700-1900. The Historical Journal. 0018-246X. (Accepted)
- Rothery, M. (2017) “A dangerous weapon in the researcher’s armoury”: DIY digitisation in the study of social history. DIY Digitization.
- Rothery, M. (2017) Review of Linsey Robb, Men at Work: The Working Man in British Culture, 1939-1945 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Journal of Contemporary History. 52(1), pp. 172-174. 0022-0094.
- Stobart, J. and Rothery, M. (2016) Consumption and the Country House. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 9780198726265.
- Rothery, M. (2016) England changing hands: land sales in England 1918-21, the Country Landowners Association and the decline of landed society: a European perspective. Panel Presentation presented to: 11th European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC 2016), Valencia, Spain, 30 March – 02 April 2016. (Unpublished)
- Rothery, M. and Stobart, J. (2016) Geographies of supply: Stoneleigh Abbey and Arbury Hall in the eighteenth century. In: Stobart, J. and Hann, A. (eds.) Stobart, Jon and Hann, Andrew The Country House: Material Culture and Consumption. Swindon: Historic England. pp. 43-54.
- Rothery, M. (2016) Review of Kimberley Schutte, Women, Rank and Marriage in the British Aristocracy, 1485-2000: An Open Elite? (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Gender & History. 28(1), pp. 249-250. 1468-0424.
- Rothery, M. and Stobart, J. (2015) Men, women and the supply of luxury goods in eighteenth century England: the purchasing patterns of Edward and Mary Leigh. In: Simonton, D., Kaartinen, M. and Montenach, A. (eds.) Simonton, Deborah, Kaartinen, Marjo and Montenach, Anne Luxury & Gender in European Towns, 1700-1914. London: Routledge. pp. 97-115.
- Rothery, M. and French, H. (2014) Decline through survival: the lives of the younger sons of the English landed gentry 1700-1900. Paper presented to: Processes of Social Decline Among the European Nobility, Tuebingen, Germany, 18-19 September 2014. (Unpublished)
- Stobart, J. and Rothery, M. (2014) Fashion, heritance and family: new and old in the Georgian country house. Cultural and Social History. 11(3), pp. 385-406. 1478-0038.
- Rothery, M. (2013) Review of Harvey, Karen, ‘The Little Republic: Masculinity and Domestic Authority in Eighteenth-Century Britain’ (Oxford University Press, 2012). H-Net Reviews. Aug 2013 1538-0661.
- Rothery, M. and Stobart, J. (2012) Geographies of supply: Stoneleigh Abbey and Arbury Hall in the eighteenth century. Paper presented to: Consuming the Country House, The University of Northampton, 18-19 April 2012. (Unpublished)
- Rothery, M. and Stobart, J. (2012) Inheritance events and spending patterns in the English country house: the Leigh family of Stoneleigh Abbey, 1738-1806. Continuity and Change. 27(3), pp. 379-407. 0268-4160.
- Rothery, M. and French, H., (eds.) (2012) Making Men: The Formation of Elite Male Identities in England, c.1660-1900: A Sourcebook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230243071.
- French, H. and Rothery, M. (2012) Man’s Estate: Landed Gentry Masculinities 1660-1900. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 9780199576692.
- Stobart, J. and Rothery, M. (2012) Men, women and the supply of luxury goods in eighteenth-century England: the purchasing patterns of Edward and Mary Leigh. Paper presented to: European Association for Urban History (EAUH) 11th International Conference: Cities & Societies in Comparative Perspective, Charles University, Prague, 29 August – 01 September 2012. (Unpublished)
- Rothery, M. and Stobart, J. (2012) Merger and crisis: Sir John Turner Dryden and Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, in the late eighteenth century. Northamptonshire Past and Present. 65, pp. 19-30. 0140-9131.
- French, H. and Rothery, M. (2011) Hegemonic masculinities? Assessing change and processes of change in elite masculinities, 1700-1900. In: Arnold, J. H. and Brady, S. (eds.) Arnold, John H and Brady, Sean What is Masculinity? Historical Dynamics from Antiquity to the Contemporary World. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 139-166.
- Stobart, J. and Rothery, M. (2011) Rearranging the furniture: fashion, status and personal preference at Stoneleigh Abbey, c.1730-1800. Invited Presentation presented to: Design History Society (DHS) Seminar: Country Houses Then and Now: Formation Patronage and Interpretation, University of Wolverhampton, 06 June 2011. (Unpublished)
- Rothery, M. and Stobart, J. (2011) The English country house, inheritance events and patterns of elite consumption: the case of the Leigh family of Stoneleigh Abbey, 1730-1800. Paper presented to: Annual Conference of the Economic History Society, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, 01-03 April 2011.
- Rothery, M. (2009) Learning to govern: landed gentry men, universities and masculinities 1750-1850. Paper presented to: Education in the Long Eighteenth Century Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, 14 November 2009.
- Rothery, M. (2009) The reproductive behavior of the English landed gentry in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Journal of British Studies. 48(3), pp. 674-694. 0021-9371.
- French, H. and Rothery, M. (2008) ‘Upon your entry into the world’: masculine values and the threshold of adulthood among landed elites in England, 1680-1800. Social History. 33(4), pp. 402-422. 0307-1022.
- Rothery, M. and French, H. (2008) Hegemonic masculinities: assessing change and processes of change in elite masculinities, 1650-1850. Paper presented to: Historical Dynamics from Antiquity to the Contemporary World, Birkbeck College, University of London, 03-05 May 2008.
- Rothery, M. (2007) The shooting party: the associational cultures of rural and urban elites in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In: Hoyle, R. W. (ed.) Hoyle, R W Our Hunting Fathers: Field Sports in England After 1850. Lancaster: Carnegie. pp. 96-119.
- Rothery, M. (2007) The wealth of the English landed gentry, 1870-1935. Agricultural History Review. 55(2), pp. 251-268. 0002-1490.
- Rothery, M. (2006) Constructing the scaffolding: the National Census and the English landed gentry family in the Victorian period. Family & Community History. 9(2), pp. 91-109. 1463-1180.