Dr Joseph Hone is the Lumley Research Fellow in English at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2016, after completing his undergraduate degree at Oxford and MA at the University of Exeter. Before coming to Cambridge, he was a Retained Lecturer in English Literature at Jesus College, Oxford. For the academic year 2014-15 I was Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellow in Descriptive Bibliography at Harvard
Joseph’s research focuses on the intersection of literature and politics in the ‘long’ eighteenth century, from the Williamite revolution to the reign of George III. He is particularly interested in clandestine support for the Stuarts among the Jacobite underground of that period, and brings this expertise to his work on The Stuart Successions Project.
I’m particularly interested in the evolution of party politics, in the origins of our modern political system, and in what made people define themselves along party lines. So what made a Whig a Whig and what made a Tory a Tory? These are really key questions, not just to understanding the later Stuart period, but to understanding how we got to where we are now.
Joseph has published widely on literature, politics, and material culture of the early eighteenth century. He is a specialist on the reign of Queen Anne and the poetry of Alexander Pope, about whom he is currently writing a book. In his role as Impact Manager for Stuarts Online, Joseph designed and built the website in conjunction with Historyworks.