Christine Jackson

Official Fellow

Department for Continuing Education

BA London, MA Oxford, PhD Reading

Elected 1999; Women’s Officer 2001-03; Dean of Degrees 2005-07, Deputy Dean 2009-11, Senior Fellow 2012-13.

Christine Jackson joined the Department for Continuing Education in September 1997 and was elected to a fellowship of Kellogg College in 1999. She is Associate Professor in History and co-directs the Foundation Certificate in History, Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies and MSt in Historical Studies courses.  She teaches early modern British history, optional and special papers on the early modern nobility and gentry and research skills on these courses. She teaches an advanced paper on provincial elites for the MSc in English Local History and supervises and examines DPhil students on the English Local History programme. She set up and is co-convenor of the Arts and Humanities seminar series for graduate students at the Continuing Education Graduate School.

During her years in the Department for Continuing Education, Christine has served as Director of Graduate Studies and as acting Director of Studies for the History and Politics Programme. She has also lectured on and directed weekly class programmes, day and weekend schools and summer schools. She is currently a member of the Continuing Education Board and Departmental Strategy Group.

During recent years, Christine’s research interests have focused upon provincial and national elites in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. She is currently writing a biographical study of Lord Herbert of Cherbury (c.1582-1648) and his world. Herbert was a complex and sometimes controversial figure who embraced the role of courtier, soldier and diplomat but also secured recognition as a poet, philosopher and historian at the courts of James I and Charles I. She also retains her interest in early modern urban history and particularly the economic, social and political development of the Berkshire towns of Reading and Newbury.

Publications include: ‘Lord Herbert of Cherbury and the Presentation of the Henrician Reformation in his Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth’, The Seventeenth Century, 28 (2013); ‘Memory and the Construction and Experience of Elite Masculinity in the Seventeenth-Century Autobiography of Lord Herbert of Cherbury’, Gender and History, 25 (2013); ‘“It is impossible to draw his picture well who hath several countenances.” Lord Herbert of Cherbury and The Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth’, in Henry VIII in History edited by Thomas Betteridge and Thomas S. Freeman (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012); ‘Boom-time Freaks or Heroic Industrial Pioneers? Clothing Entrepreneurs in Sixteenth-Century Berkshire’,Textile History, 39 (2008); ‘Thomas Garth, Rector of Charlton-on-Otmoor, 1615-43: Rake or Reformer?’, Oxoniensia, 73 (2008);  ‘A town governed by “a company of geese in furred gowns”? Political and social conflict in Reading c.1620-40’, Southern History, 29 (2007); Newbury Kendrick Workhouse Records, Berkshire Record Series, 8 (2004); and ‘Functionality, Commemoration and Civic Competition: a Study of Early 17th-century Workhouse Design and Building in Reading and Newbury’, Architectural History, 47 (2004).

Christine Jackson is an associate member of the Oxford University Centre for Early Modern British and Irish History. She has given papers at the OUDCE Graduate School (2014 and 2016), Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America in New York (2014), Venice (2010) and Montreal (2011), Annual Conference of the Sixteenth Century Society in Fort Worth (2011); the Institute of Historical Research, London (2011); the Hampton Court Conference (2009); the History and Literature Seminar, University of Oxford (2009); and the Social History Society Conference, University of Warwick (2009).