Phil Harling

Phil Harling, Director

Professor Phil Harling started at the University of Miami in the summer of 2022, after almost 30 years of teaching and administrative service at the University of Kentucky. He grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and received his B.A. from Grinnell College in 1986 and his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 1993. A Professor of History, Phil specializes in Britain and the British Empire in the 19th century. He is the author of The Waning of ‘Old Corruption’: The Politics of Economical Reform in Britain, 1779-1846 (Clarendon Press, Oxford University, 1996), The Modern British State: An Historical Introduction (Polity, 2001), Managing Mobility: Immigration and the British Imperial State, 1840-1860 (Cambridge University Press, under contract), and a variety of book chapters and articles in journals ranging from Past & Present to the Journal of Modern History.

Phil is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society. While at the University of Kentucky Phil received several teaching awards, notably the Provost Award for Outstanding Teaching. A Distinguished Service Professor at UK, for several years Phil served as Associate Dean of Faculty in UK’s College of Arts and Sciences, and was Interim Dean of the College for the 2008-2009 academic year. He also served as Interim Dean of UK’s Lewis Honors College for the 2016-2017 academic year. From 2014 through 2018, Phil served as the Director of UK’s Gaines Center for the Humanities and as John R. Gaines Professor of the Humanities.