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Robin Bates


My research, supervised by Professor Gary Gerstle, focuses on American state development during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am interested in the changing structure and function of government during the late nineteenth century, the contested course of bureaucratic and administrative development, and the role of both corruption and reform in defining the contours of the American state. 

This PhD is funded by the AHRC and Queens' College. I am also the holder of an Honorary Vice Chancellors' Scholarship.

I completed both my BA and MLitt in History at the University of Newcastle, where my research centered on the American Civil War and its social and cultural legacies in the turn-of-the-century South. 


  • American History