Blaxill, Dr Luke
Research Fellow in History and the Digital Humanities
King’s College London
Room 205, 26-29 Drury Lane
Research interests and PhD supervision
Luke is a historian of 19th and 20th century British politics, with a keen interest in the Digital Humanities, in particular in text mining. He is working on the Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data (‘Dilipad’) project - with a particular focus on the project’s published outputs.
Luke completed his PhD at King's in History and the Digital Humanities in 2012, and is the author of articles in Historical Research, Journal of British Studies, Parliamentary History, and other essays. He is also currently Junior Research Fellow in History at Hertford College, University of Oxford.
He is also the lead author of the bestselling Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding.
My particular interest lies in adapting text mining and ‘distant reading’ techniques developed on corpus linguistics to the study of historical areas where they have previously found little favour. My previous research to date has concentrated on the arena of political language, especially British election speeches and (in the Dilipad project) Parliamentary speeches from a number of countries, especially Britain, Canada, and the Netherlands.
- 19th and 20th Century British Politics
- Political Language and Communication
- Elections, Psephology, and Political Parties
- Digital Humanities, esp. text mining
Expertise and public engagement
- 'Joseph Chamberlain and the Third Reform Act: a Reassessment of the Unauthorised Programme of 1885', Journal of British Studies, Vol. 54, Issue 1
- 'Quantifying the Language of British Politics, 1880-1910’, Historical Research, (May, 2013)
- ‘Edwardian By-Elections’, in P. Readman and T.G. Otte (eds.) By-Elections in British Politics, 1832-1914 (Boydelland Brewer, London, April 2013), pp. 226-50
- 'Electioneering, the Third Reform Act, and Political Change in the 1880s’, Parliamentary History, 30, pt.3 (2011)
Recent media experiences in the Telegraph, Guardian, Independent and Sky News speaking about 19th century British politics, elections and electoral politics (19th and 20th century) and the British monarchy, 1820 to present (I've given five radio interviews, and appeared on programmes, including BBC Radio London, in connection to this area).