Curriculum Vitae

Name: Stephen Basdeo

Institutional Address:
Leeds Trinity University, Department of Humanities, Room AF8
Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD



Doctor of Philosophy
Leeds Trinity University
Thesis: ‘The Changing Faces of Robin Hood, c.1700-c.1900′
Supervisors: Prof. Paul Hardwick; Dr. Rosemary Mitchell; Dr. Alaric Hall.


MA Social History, Distinction
Leeds Metropolitan University
Dissertation: ‘Dying Speeches, Daring Robbers and Demon Barbers: the Forms and Functions of Nineteenth-Century Crime Literature, c.1800 – c.1868’.
Supervisor: Dr. Heather Shore.


BA (Hons) History, 1st Class
Leeds Metropolitan University
Dissertation: ‘Enlivening Morality and Wit: The Changing Representations of Polite Society in Eighteenth-Century Print Culture’.
Supervisor: Dr. Heather Shore.

Research Interests

  • 18th- and 19th-century crime history.
  • 18th-century literature, in particular the works of Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.
  • Medievalism.
  • Walter Scott.
  • William Harrison Ainsworth.
  • G. W. M. Reynolds.
  • Robin Hood.
  • Victorian social history.

Teaching Experience


ENG6552 ‘The Continuing Middle Ages’
Leeds Trinity University

HIS6702SS ‘Representations of the Middle Ages’
Leeds Trinity University


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Stephen Basdeo, ‘A Critical Edition of Little John’s Answer to Robin Hood and the Duke of Lancaster (1727)’ Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies 1: 1 (2016) [Forthcoming].

Book Contributions

Stephen Basdeo, ‘Robin Hood: A Tale of the Olden Time (1819)’ in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel Ed. April London (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) [FORTHCOMING].

Stephen Basdeo, ‘Radical Medievalism: The Penny Serials of Pierce Egan the Younger (1814-1880)’ in Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, Vol. 15: Imagining the Victorians Eds. Stephen Basdeo & Lauren Padgett (Leeds: LCVS, 2016).

Mark Truesdale & Stephen Basdeo, ‘Medieval Afterlives: King and Commoner Ballads in the Nineteenth Century’ in Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, Vol. 15: Imagining the Victorians Eds. Stephen Basdeo & Lauren Padgett (Leeds: LCVS, 2016).

As Editor

Stephen Basdeo & Lauren Padgett (eds.) Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, Vol. 15: Imagining the Victorians (Leeds: LCVS, 2016).

Conference Papers


‘Judging Robin Hood: The Outlaw in Nineteenth-Century Literature’
A Time of Judgment: The Operation and Representation of Judgement in Nineteenth-Century Cultures, Plymouth University 23-24 June 2016.

‘Maid Marian in Nineteenth-Century Street Literature’
Women in Print – Women as Producers and Performers of Song in Print from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day, Chethams Library, Manchester 20 May 2016.

‘Radical Medievalism: Pierce Egan the Younger’s (1814-1880) Robin Hood, Wat Tyler, and Adam Bell’
Victorian Representations Colloquium, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds 13 May 2016

‘Ivanhoe’s Afterlives: Walter Scott’s Legacy upon Nineteenth-Century Robin Hood Scholarship and Fiction in England and France’
Northern Nineteenth-Century Network, Universitie de Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, France 8 April 2016.

‘Reading Robin Hood: The Form and Function of 18th-century Garlands’
English Folk Dance and Song Society: Broadside Day Conference, Chetham’s Library, Manchester 20 February 2016.


‘Criminality in The New Newgate Calendar (1863)’
Communities of Communication: Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1900, Edinburgh University 10-11 Sept. 2015.

‘Robin Hood: Illustrating an Outlaw’
British Association for Romantic Studies, Cardiff University, 16 – 19 July 2015

‘Robin Hood the Brute: The Outlaw in 18th-Century Criminal Biography’
International Association for Robin Hood Studies, 1 – 2 July 2015

‘The Three Faces of Robin Hood: The Popular Outlaw Hero in the Eighteenth Century’
War and Peace Colloquium, University of Leeds, 17 June 2015

‘Robin Hood: Constructing the Outlaw Hero in the Eighteenth Century’
Jargon of Men and Things Conference, University of Cambridge, 18 April 2015.

‘Robin Hood: A Respectable Outlaw Hero?’
Northern Nineteenth-Century Network, Leeds Trinity University, 17 April 2015

Impact and Public Engagement

Public Talks


‘The Legend of Robin Hood’
Pontefract Castle, Pontefract, 8 May 2016

‘The Rise of the Victorian Underworld’
Abbey House Museum, Leeds, 1 March 2016

2015: ‘Robin Hood: Re-discovery and Re-construction in the Eighteenth Century’.
Horsforth Library, Leeds, 9 February 2015

Website Contributions

2015: ‘Robin Hood the Brute: The Outlaw in 18th-century Criminal Biography’
History Today 6 October 2016 <;

Radio Interviews


Radio New Zealand 8 December 2015

BBC Radio Leeds 11 August 2015

BBC Radio Sheffield 11 August 2015

BBC Drive Time, 10 August 2015

Newspaper Features


Anon. ‘Campus News: Leeds Trinity University’ Times Higher Education 27 August 2015.

Anon. ‘18th-Century Robin Hood ‘Sequel’ Casts Outlaw as Corrupt Establishment Figure’ Belfast Telegraph 09 August 2015

Anon. ‘Sequel Reveals Robin Hood’s Corrupt Past’ Western Daily Press 10 August 2015.

Anon. ‘Could Renegade Robin Have Turned Corrupt?’ Yorkshire Evening Post 09 August 2015.

Anon. ‘Outlaw Robin “a villain” in old book’ The Sun, 10 August 2015.

Dave Burke, ‘Robin Hood May Not Have Been the Hero We Always Thought He Was’ Metro 10 August 2015.

Committee Memberships


Postgraduate Representative
Northern Nineteenth-Century Network


Leeds Metropolitan University History Society


Society Memberships

International Association for Robin Hood Studies

The Bibliographic Society

British Association for Romantic Studies

British Association of Victorian Studies

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Awards, Honours, and Funding


PhD Fully-Funded Studentship, £13,726 per annum plus £1,000 expenses per annum.
Leeds Trinity University


Alan MacGregor Prize for Exceptional Contribution to the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities.
Leeds Metropolitan University



Prof. Paul Hardwick
Leeds Trinity University

Dr. Rosemary Mitchell
Leeds Trinity University

Dr. Alaric Hall
University of Leeds

Dr. Heather Shore
Leeds Beckett University

Dr. Kelly Hignett
Leeds Beckett University



2 thoughts on “Curriculum Vitae

  1. Stephen – is it possible to view your BA thesis in 18th C print culture? The link doesn’t seem to work. I posted a brief comment on your History Vault article about Ritson as I have an interest in him and in early modern and 18th C Stockton-on-Tees.

    I am not affiliated to a university though on retirement I did a history Diploma as an extramural student at Cambridge and I live in Cambridge. I am publishing a series of papers in Cleveland History. The current submission is about Ritson. My “day jobs” are as chair of trustees of Cambridge Museum of Technology and writing a hefty volume about Stockton from cultural, historical, industrial, economic and political angles.


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