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Professor Ken Brown

BA (Reading), MA (McMaster), PhD (Kent), FRHistS

Professor Emeritus

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Professor Brown graduated in history from the University of Reading and undertook postgraduate work in Canada and at the University of Kent in Canterbury before coming to Queen's in 1969 as assistant lecturer in Economic History. He was appointed Reader in 1977 and Professor in 1988. He was Head of Department from 1987 to 1990, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences from 1990 to 1993, and Dean of the Faculty of Legal, Social and Educational Sciences from 1997 until 2002.

He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1977, has three times been elected to the Council of the Economic History Society and is currently a member of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Council.

He has been Pro-Vice chancellor since 2002.

Research Interests

Professor Brown is a member of History's British and Irish Research Cluster. His initial research interests were in British labour and religious history but have ranged widely over various aspects of modern British and Japanese economic and social history, focussing more recently on business history.  He is currently developing a new project on Edwardian politics.

Select Publications

Factory of dreams.  Meccano of Liverpool 1901–1979 (Lancaster, 2007).

'Unions and management in engineering: a case study, 1964–1979' in Business History, xlvii (2005).

'Smoking in Northern Ireland: a case study in local health education, 1955–1971' in Social History of Medicine, xvii (2004).

'Entrepreneurial failure: the case of British toy retailing' in Journal of Industrial History, v (2002).

A comparative economic and social history of Britain and Japan since 1900 (Manchester, 2000).

The British toy business: a history since 1700 (London, 1996).

A social history of the Nonconformist ministry in England and Wales, 1800-1930 (Oxford, 1988).

Essays in Anti-Labour history (London, 1974).