Professor Tim Hitchcock

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Professor Of Digital History, University of Sussex

Tim Hitchcock has published widely on the histories of gender, sexuality and poverty focussed primarily on eighteenth-century London. With Professor Robert Shoemaker and others he has also created a series of websites helping to give direct public access to 37 billion words of primary sources evidencing the history of Britain. Designed to underpin the writing of a new 'history from below', these sites include: The Old Bailey Online, 1674 to 1913; London Lives, 1690-1800; Locating London's Past; Connected Histories; and The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925. He has also been instrumental in developing new approaches to and tools for the analysis of historical data.

Hitchcock was a founding member of the AHRC Advisory Board and Peer Review College, and is a member and past chair of the AHRC's Digital Transformations Advisory Group. He was also a member of the British Library's Advisory Council from 2013 to 2020. Hitchcock's first degree was from the University of California at Berkeley (1980) and his DPhil from the University of Oxford (1985). He was appointed Professor of Digital History at the University of Sussex in 2013; and served as co-director of the Sussex Humanities Lab from 2014, and director from 2019 to 2021.