Department of History

Lydia Murdoch

Lydia MurdochLydia Murdoch is an associate professor of History at Vassar College.  Her primary research interests include British and imperial social and cultural history, childhood, gender, and urban life.  Originally from Kents Store, Virginia, she earned her B.A. in History from Vassar College (1992) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in British History and Victorian Studies from Indiana University (2000). She is author of Daily Life of Victorian Women (forthcoming 2013) and Imagined Orphans: Poor Families, Child Welfare, and Contested Citizenship in London (2006).  Professor Murdoch is currently writing a book about the public forms of grief and discourses surrounding the death of children in Victorian England.  Her article, "'Suppressed Grief': Mourning the Death of British Children and the Memory of the 1857 Indian Rebellion," Journal of British Studies, vol. 51.2 (April 2012), won the 2012 INCS (Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies) Essay Award.    
In addition to introductory Women's Studies and British history courses, Professor Murdoch teaches classes on Victorian Britain, the British Empire, the First World War, and the history of childhood in nineteenth-century Britain. She is the coordinator of Vassar's Victorian Studies program, and a member of the steering committees for the Urban Studies and Women’s Studies multidisciplinary programs.