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George Morris

PhD candidate, Modern British History

Trinity Hall
Trinity Lane

Cambridge CB2 1TJ


I completed my BA and my MPhil at Cambridge. My PhD research, funded by the AHRC, looks at questions of religion, sexuality and gender in nineteenth-century Britain. More specifically, I am interested in the practice of celibacy among Roman Catholic priests, and some priests in the Church of England, in this period. My work is intended to suggest new ways of thinking about celibacy, but also about the interactions of religion, masculinity, subjectivity and sexuality in modern Britain. 

Research Interests

  • Gender and sexuality
  • Religion
  • Secularisation and secularity
  • Subjectivities and the self
  • Universities
  • Friendship and intimacy 


I am available to supervise Part I, Paper 5: British political history 1688-1886.

Other Professional Activities

I am a commissioning editor for Renewal: a journal of social democracy. I am a policy and advocacy adviser to Rethink Rebuild Society, a Manchester-based organisation for Syrians in Britain. 



  • Modern British History

Other Publications

I have written for a number of non-academic publications, including the New Arab and the New Statesman. 

  • With Yasmine Nahlawi, 'Syria: A Betrayal of Labour's Internationalism and Solidarity', Renewal 25, no. 1 (2017): 13-24
  • 'Universal Credit, Ideology and the Politics of Poverty', Renewal 24, no. 3 (2016): 76-90