Dr Philip Howell

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Official Fellow; Member of the College Council; Tutor for Admissions in Arts; Tutor; Director of Studies in Geography
Reader in Historical Geography


College Lecturer in Geography and Director of Studies; University Senior Lecturer in Geography; Tutor; Tutor for Admissions (Arts); Elected Member of College Council; Official Fellow. BA, PhD.

Philip Howell was an undergraduate at Emmanuel College from 1984 to 1987. He spent a short time in the United States on the Emmanuel Harvard scholarship, and several years at Downing College, Cambridge before returning to Emmanuel as a Fellow in 2000. He currently shares the duties of Director of Studies in Geography with Dr Alex Jeffrey.

Teaching Interests

Dr Howell teaches widely in the Geographical Tripos, beginning with the first year Human Geography course, where he lectures on the historical geographies of globalisation. In the second year he teaches on the 'Citizenship, Cities and Civil Society' paper, and final year options on 'Geographies of Discipline and Social Regulation in Nineteenth-Century Britain'. Dr Howell also regularly takes undergraduate field classes to Dublin, and he contributes to the postgraduate teaching programme as well.


Dr Howell’s research interests are chiefly in the field of historical and cultural geography, and he has been researching and writing on nineteenth-century society for a number of years, particularly on Britain and the British Empire. One of his main areas of interest has been with geographies of sexuality and morality, and he has published on geographies of prostitution and sex work in Britain and in the British colonies, and on the construction of urban masculinity in the Victorian period. A monograph, Geographies of Regulation: Policing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century Britain and the Empire was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. Dr Howell has also contributed to the developing field of 'animal geographies', which looks at how relations between human and nonhuman animals are played out in place and space; his book At Home and Astray: The Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain was published in 2015. Beyond these core research concerns, Dr Howell is keenly interested in Victorian literature and culture, and on cultural geographies more generally.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Howell, P. & D. Beckingham (2015), 'Time-geography, gentlemen, please: chronotopes of publand in Patrick Hamilton's London trilogy', Social and Cultural Geography 16(8)
  • Howell, P. (2015) At Home and Astray: The Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain (University of Virginia Press)
  • Howell, P. (2013) 'Afterword: remapping the terrain of moral regulation', Journal of Historical Geography 42, pp. 193-202
  • Howell, P. (2013) 'The dog fancy at war: breeds, breeding and Britishness, 1914-1918', Society & Animals 21(6), pp. 546-567
  • Howell, P. (2012) ‘Between the muzzle and the leash: dog-walking, discipline, and the modern city’, in P.J. Atkins (ed), Animated Cities: Urban Historical Insights into Human-Animal Interaction (Ashgate), pp. 221-241
  • Howell, P. (2009) Geographies of Regulation: Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century Britain and the Empire (Cambridge University Press)
  • Howell, P. (2009) ‘Sexuality’ in Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift (Eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Elsevier)
  • Howell, P. (2008) ‘CD Acts’, in Peter N. Stearns (ed), The Encyclopedia of the Modern World World (Oxford University Press)
  • Howell, P. (2008) ‘Prostitution: overview’ and ‘Prostitution: comparative history and practices’ in Bonnie G. Smith (ed), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World HistoryWorld (Oxford University Press)
  • Howell, P., D. Beckingham and F. Moore (2008) ‘Managed zones for sex workers in Liverpool: contemporary proposals, Victorian parallels’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 33(2), pp. 233-50