Victor Bailey

Dr. Victor Bailey
Charles W. Battey Distinguished Professor of Modern British History
On Sabbatical 2016-2017
Primary office:
785-864-7822
900 Sunnyside Ave


The Director provides leadership in the humanities at the University of Kansas. The Director develops and supports broadly conceived interdisciplinary activities that benefit humanists both inside and outside the university, maintains contact with state and national humanities programs and foundations, actively promotes external funding from both public and private sources, and furthers the exchange of ideas in the humanities in a variety of settings. The Director fosters quality public programs that engage the citizens of Kansas and the region in the national conversation about the humanities. The Director mentors junior faculty and resident scholars and represents the Hall Center and humanities research at the Provost's Council and other entities on campus. The Director serves as chief executive officer of the Hall Center and is the liaison between the humanities faculty and the KU Center for Research, Inc.

Victor Bailey has been Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities since 2000. He is the Charles W. Battey Distinguished Professor of Modern British History at the University of Kansas. He has degrees from the Centre for the Study of Social History, University of Warwick, and from Cambridge University. He was a research officer at the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Oxford, and a research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and at Worcester College, Oxford. In 1999, he received a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. His research interests include the history of criminal law and criminal justice. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation has supported his research. He is the author of Delinquency and Citizenship: Reclaiming the Young Offender, 1914-1948 (Oxford University Press, 1987) and ‘This Rash Act:’ Suicide Across the Life Cycle in the Victorian City (Stanford University Press, 1998), and editor of Policing and Punishment in Nineteenth Century Britain (Rutgers University Press, 1981).  In 2014, he published the following two books: Order and Disorder in Modern Britain: Essays on Riot, Crime, Policing and Punishment; and Charles Booth’s Policemen: Crime, Police and Community in Jack-the-Ripper’s London.


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