Dominic Janes has MAs from Oxford University in History and from Birkbeck in Education and a PhD from Cambridge. In addition to a spell as a lecturer at Lancaster University, he has been a research fellow at London and Cambridge universities. He then worked as a director of studies for international students before moving to Birkbeck, University of London and then to Keele. He has lived in several countries including Malawi, Iraq, Indonesia and the United States.

Research and scholarship

Dominic Janes is a cultural historian who studies texts and visual images relating to Britain in its local and international contexts since the eighteenth century. Within this sphere he focuses on the histories of gender, sexuality and religion. He has published with a range of publishers including Cambridge, Chicago and Oxford University presses. His latest books are 'Freak to Chic: "Gay" Men in and Out of Fashion after Oscar Wilde' (Bloomsbury, 2021) and 'British Dandies' (Bodleian Publishing, 2022). He has been the recipient of a number of research awards including fellowships from the AHRC and the British Academy and been a visiting research professor at the University of the Arts London and the University for the Creative Arts.


Dominic Janes teaches, or co-teaches, a range of modules including: 

  • HIS-10025 Medieval Europe
  • HIS-10039 Defining Moments in History
  • HIS-20071 Saints and Society in Medieval Europe
  • HIS-30103 History Dissertation
  • HIS-30127 Gender and Sexuality in Georgian Britain
  • HIS-30126 Gender and Sexuality in Victorian Britain
  • HIS-40002 Approaches to Historical Research (MA)



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