Carolyn Conley

Cover of Conley's "Certain Other Countries." Professor
(205) 934-5634
Heritage Hall 360E

Research and Teaching Interests: History of the British Isles, social history of crime, violence and gender, historiography

Office Hours: By appointment only (email to set up an appointment)

  • BA, Duke University
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • PhD, Duke University

Carolyn Conley is a British historian and has served as both Department Chair and Director of Graduate Studies. She is an internationally recognized expert on the social history of crime and violence. She has been an invited speaker at universities in the United Kingdom and Paris. She was asked to write the chapter on the history of sexual assault for the Oxford Handbook on Gender, Sex, and Crime. Her work on violence in post-famine Ireland won the Roger McHugh prize in 2001. Her current project is a book on women tried for homicide in London between 1674 and 1913.

She teaches the history of the British Isles (including England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) from the earliest archaeological work through the pending vote on Scottish independence. She also teaches Western Civ, a number of graduate seminars, and courses on the history of crime and violence.

Despite being fascinated by violence, she is a very nice person who is also passionate about dogs, Doctor Who, and Duke basketball.

  • Britain and the Third World
  • Historiography
  • Seminar on the Social History of Crime
  • The Celtic Fringe
  • England: 1370-1660
  • Ancient and Medieval Britain

Book Chapters:
  • “Sexual Violence in Historical Context,” in Oxford Handbook on Gender, Sex, and Crime (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • “Atonement and Domestic Homicide in Late Victorian Scotland,” in Crime, Law, and Popular Culture in Europe, 1500-1900, Richard McMahon, ed. (Willen Publishing, 2008)
  • Graduate School Dean's Award for Mentorship, 2014
  • North American Conference on British Studies
  • American Conference on Irish Studies
  • Social Science History Association
  • International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice