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Dr Christine Jackson

Dean of Degrees, Emerita/Emeritus Fellow, Fellow

BA London, MA Oxford, PhD Reading

Christine Jackson retired from her post as Associate Professor in History at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education in September 2021. She joined the Department in 1995 and taught early modern British history and co-directed the Foundation Certificate in History, Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies and MSt in Historical Studies courses. While working for the Department, Christine was involved in the delivery of its history programmes at all levels from day and weekend programmes, weekly classes and summer schools to teaching optional and special papers on the early modern nobility and gentry and the supervision and examination of Master’s and DPhil dissertations. She played a leading part in setting up the Foundation Certificate in History and Postgraduate Certificate and MSt in Historical Studies programmes which draw students from all over the world and have enabled many students to pursue careers in history and academia.

Within the Department, Christine served as Director of Graduate Studies and helped establish its Graduate School and Graduate Induction and Training programmes. She also set up and was co-convenor of its Arts and Humanities seminar series. She was a member of the Department’s Senior Management Strategy Group and of the University’s Continuing Education Board. At Kellogg, Christine served as Women’s Officer, Deputy Dean, Senior Fellow and Dean of Degrees.

Christine’s research interests lie in social, economic and cultural history and have increasingly focused upon early modern provincial and national elites. Her most recent publication is a biographical monograph Courtier, Scholar and Man of the Sword: Lord Herbert of Cherbury and His World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021). It examines the life and writings of a flamboyant Stuart courtier, county governor, soldier, and diplomat who acquired a reputation for duelling and extravagant display but also numbered among the leading intellectuals of his generation. She is currently working on a new book exploring the wider history of the early modern nobility and on further Herbert related. projects and hopes at some point to return to an earlier interest in the county of Berkshire.