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Lydia Murdoch

Professor of History and Director of Victorian Studies

Professor Murdoch is author of Daily Life of Victorian Women (2014); Imagined Orphans: Poor Families, Child Welfare, and Contested Citizenship in London (2006); and is currently writing a book about the public forms of grief and political discourses surrounding the death of children in British and imperial contexts. 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 modern Britain. She is the director of Vassar’s Victorian Studies program, a former director of Women’s Studies, and a current participant in the Urban Studies and Women’s Studies multidisciplinary programs.