Department of History

George Robb

Office:   Atrium 202
Phone:   973-720-3058
Office Hours:   MW 10-11; R 4-6; By Appointment

Department: History
Position: Full Professor
Area Specialization: British and Irish History, Modern Europe

George Robb has been a member of the History Department since 1993. He received his BA from the University of Texas and his PhD from Northwestern University. He teaches courses in British and Irish history and the history of crime. Professor Robb has published numerous articles on British social and cultural history, and he is the author of two books: White-Collar Crime in Modern England (1992) and British Culture and the First World War (2002).


PhD, History--Northwestern University Graduate School, 1990

BA, History--University of Texas at Austin, 1984

Selected Publications:


White-Collar Crime in Modern England: Financial Fraud and Business Morality,1845-1929. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Disorder in the Court: Trials and Sexual Conflict at the Turn of the Century. Edited with Nancy Erber. London and New York: Macmillan and New York University Press, 1999.

British Culture and the First World War. London: Palgrave, 2002.

Articles in Edited Collections

“Ladies of the Ticker: Women, Investment and Fraud in England and America, 1850-1930,” Nancy Henry and Cannon Schmitt, Eds., Victorian Investments. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008.

“Marriage and Reproduction,” Matt Houlbrook and Harry Cocks, Eds., Palgrave Guide to the History of Sexuality. London: Palgrave, 2005.

“The English Dreyfus Case: Florence Maybrick and the Sexual Double Standard,” George Robb and Nancy Erber, Eds. Disorder in the Court.

"Race Motherhood: Moral Eugenics vs Progressive Eugenics, 1880-1920," Claudia Nelson and Ann Holmes, Eds. Maternal Instincts: Images of Motherhood and Sexuality in Britain,1875-1925. London: Macmillan, 1997.

“Dalgety,” “Nabisco,” The International Directory of Company Histories, Vol. 2, Chicago: St. James Press, 1989.

Refereed Articles in Scholarly Journals

“Women and White-Collar Crime: Debates on Gender, Fraud, and the Corporate Economy in England and America, 1850-1930,” British Journal of Criminology, 2006.

“Between Science and Spiritualism: Frances Swiney’s Vision of a Sexless Future,” Diogenes, 2006.

“Eugenics, Spirituality, and Sex Differentiation in Edwardian England: The Case of Frances Swiney,” Journal of Women’s History, Autumn 1998.

"Circe in Crinoline: Domestic Poisonings in Victorian England," Journal of Family History, January 1997.

"Out of the Doll's House: The Trial of Florence Maybrick and Anxiety Over the New Woman," Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, Spring 1996.

"The Way of All Flesh: Degeneration, Eugenics and the Gospel of Free Love," Journal of the History of Sexuality, April 1996.

"Popular Religion and the Christianization of the Scottish Highlands in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," Journal of Religious History, June 1990.

Scholarships & Awards

1996 Mellon Research Fellowship at the Huntington Library.

1994 American Council of Learned Societies, Summer Research Grant.

1993 Faculty Teaching Award, St. Bonaventure University.

1992 National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar.

1991 St. Bonaventure University Research Grant.

1987-88 Fulbright (United Kingdom).