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Timothy Alborn
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Lehman College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Harvard University, 1991, History of Science
Research Interests: British History, History of Business, History of Science

Selected Publications

 

Monographs:

Regulated Lives: Life Assurance and British Society, 1840-1920. Book manuscript dealing with the social and professional interactions among actuaries, doctors and salesmen in the Victorian life insurance industry.








Conceiving Companies: Joint-Stock Politics in Victorian England. London: Routledge, 1998.











Articles:
 
"An Irish El Dorado: Recovering Gold in County Wicklow," Journal of British Studies 50 (2011): 359-380
 
"Normal Bodies, Normal Prices: Interdisciplinarity in Victorian Life Insurance," Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net no. 49 (February 2008). Accessible at http://www.ron.umontreal.ca/
 
"Dirty Laundry: Exposing Bad Behavior in Life Insurance Trials, 1830-1890." In Margot Finn, Michael Lobban, and Jenny Bourne Taylor, eds., Spurious Issues: Legitimacy in Law, Literature, and History, 1680-1900 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 148-172.
 
"Economics and Business." In Francis O'Gorman, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 61-79.
 
"Quill-driving: British Life-Insurance Clerks and Occupational Mobility, 1800 -1914," Business History Review 82 (2008): 31-58.
 
"The First Fund Managers: Life Insurance Bonuses in Victorian Britain," Victorian Studies 45 (2002): 67-92.
 
"Senses of Belonging: The Politics of Working-Class Insurance in Britain, 1880-1914," Journal of Modern History 73 (2001): 561-602
 
"Insurance against Germ Theory: Commerce and Conservatism in Late-Victorian Medicine," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 75 (2001): 406-445.
 
"Age and Empire in the Indian Census," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 30 (1999): 61-89.
 
"Coin and Country: Visions of Civilisation in the British Recoinage Debate, 1867-1894," Journal of Victorian Culture 3 (1998): 252-281.
 
"The Business of Induction: Industry and Genius in the Language of British Scientific Reform, 1820-1840," History of Science 34 (1996): 191-221.
 
"The Moral of the Failed Bank: Professional Plots in the Victorian Money Market," Victorian Studies 38 (1995): 199-225.
 
"Economic Man, Economic Machine: Images of Circulation in the Victorian Money Market," in Philip Mirowski, ed., Natural Images in Economics: Markets Read in Tooth and Claw (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 173-196.
 
 
Works in Progress:
 
Before the Gold Rush: Britain's Most Precious Metal, 1750-1850. Book manuscript on the cultural and monetary history of gold in Great Britain during the century before the gold rushes of 1849-52.