Charles W. Battey Distinguished Professor of Modern British History and Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities (Ph.D. Warwick, 1975; M.A. Oxford, 1978; M.Phil Cambridge, 1970; B.A. Warwick, 1969). Crime, law and punishment in Victorian Britain; the social history of London. Teaching interests include the social, cultural, and political history of modern Britain, c. 1750 to the present.
A native of Yorkshire, England, Bailey came to KU in 1988. He was trained at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge, and the Centre for the Study of Social History at Warwick University. He is a research student of E.P. Thompson. He was a research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and has held teaching appointments at the University of Rochester and the University of Hull. At KU, he received a University (Kemper) Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. In 2000, he was appointed as Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities.
Publications include: Policing and Punishment in Nineteenth Century Britain; Delinquency and Citizenship: Reclaiming the Young Offender; ‘This Rash Act’: Suicide Across the Life-Cycle in the Victorian City.
In 2014, he published:
Charles Booth's Policemen: Crime, Police and Community in Jack-the-Ripper's London;
Order and Disorder in Modern Britain: Essays on Riot, Crime, Policing and Punishment