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Jonah Miller

Dr Jonah Miller

Lecturer in Early Modern British History


I did my MA and PhD at King’s before taking up a Research Fellowship in Cambridge. I returned to KCL as a lecturer in 2024.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Early modern Britain
  • Social history
  • Legal history
  • Gender
  • Policing

My research focuses on Britain from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. In particular, I study everyday practices of government – especially policing – and how they related to wider power structures like patriarchy and the state. My first book, Gender and Policing in Early Modern England, was published in 2023, and I am now working on a new book about police violence in the nineteenth century.


I teach British history from the early modern period to the nineteenth century, as well as modules on the history of crime, policing, and punishment.

Selected publications

  • 'Suffrage and the Secret Ballot in Eighteenth-Century London Parishes', Historical Journal 67.1 (2024)
  • Gender and Policing in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2023)
  • ’Hobbes on Public Ministers’, Hobbes Studies 35.2 (2022)
  • 'Patricians, plebeians, and parishioners: parish elections and social conflict in eighteenth-century Chelsea', Social History 47.4 (2022)
  • 'The Touch of the State: Stop and Search in England, c.1660-1750', History Workshop Journal 87 (2019) – awarded the British Society of Criminology's Policing Network prize