HAMPTON, Mark A. (馬翰庭)
Associate Professor

Tel.: (852) 2616-7402
Fax.: (852) 2467-7478
Email: mah@LN.edu.hk


Academic & Professional Qualifications

Ph.D.,  Vanderbilt University, History, 1998
M.A.,   Vanderbilt University, History, 1993
B.A.,   Middle Tennessee State University, History, 1992

Areas of Interest

Nineteenth and Twentieth Century British History, Anglo-American Media History, Cultural History

Teaching Awards

Nonie A. and William F. Quillian Distinguished Teaching Award, Wesleyan College (2003)

Teaching Excellence Awards Scheme, Lingnan University (2014) 

Editorial Work

Co-editor, Media History (2005- present)

Modern Reviews Editor, H-Albion (2007-2009)

Guest Editor (with James R. Fichter), Britain and the World (vol. 5, September 2012)


  • Books
  • Articles
  • Book Reviews
  • Conference Papers
  • Research
  • Others
  • Books
  • Book Chapters

Books authored

Hong Kong and British Culture, 1945-1997.  Manchester:  Manchester University Press, 2015. 

Visions of the Press in Britain, 1850-1950.  Urbana and Chicago:  the University of Illinois Press, 2004.


Books edited

The Cultural Construction of the British World (edited with Barry Crosbie).  Manchester:  Manchester University Press, 2015. 

Anglo-American Media Interactions, 1850-2000 (edited with Joel H. Wiener).  Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.


Book Chapters:

"Remembering British Rule: the Uses of Colonial Memory in Hong Kong Protest Movements, 1997-2019" (with Florence Mok), in Matthew Roberts, ed., Memory and Modern British Politics: Commemoration, Tradition, Legacy (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming November 2023).


“Transatlantic Exchanges,” in Martin Conboy and Adrian Bingham, eds., The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3 : Power, Popularisation and Permeation, 1900-2017 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), pp. 155-171.


“The uses of monarchy in late-colonial Hong Kong, 1967-97,” in Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery, eds., Monarchies and decolonisation in Asia (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020), pp. 225-242.


“Modernization, democratization and politicization: mass media in 1920s Europe” (with J. Hung [lead author], J. Van Eijanatten, P. Ortoleva, and L. Weibull), in K. Arnold, P. Preston, and S. Kinnebrock, eds., The Handbook of European Communication History (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2019), pp. 115-134.


"History of Media and Human Rights" (with Diana Lemberg), in Howard Tumber and Silvio Waisbord, eds., Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights (London and New York: Routledge, 2017): pp. 30-8.


"'John Stuart Mill's Other Island":  the Discourse of Unbridled Capitalism in Post-war Hong Kong,' in Barry Crosbie and Mark Hampton, eds., The Cultural Construction of the British World. (Manchester University Press, 2016), pp. 145-164.


"Historical Approaches to Media Studies," in Fabienne Darling-Wolf, ed., Methods in Media Studies (volume 7 in The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies) (London:  Blackwell-Wiley, 2014), pp. 381-98.


"The Fourth Estate Ideal in Journalism History," in Stuart Allan, ed., The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism (London and New York: Routledge, 2009), pp. 3-12.


"Representing the Public Sphere:  the New Journalism and its Historians,” in Ann Ardis and Patrick Collier, eds. Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms: Transatlantic Print Culture, 1880-1940 (Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp. 15-29.

“Renewing the Liberal Tradition:  the Press and Public Discussion in Twentieth Century Britain,” in Michael Bailey, ed., Narrating Media History (London and New York:  Routledge, 2008), pp. 26-35.


“World War I and the Anglo-American Imagined Community: Civilization vs. Barbarism in British Propaganda and American Newspapers” (with Jessica Bennett), in Joel H. Wiener and Mark Hampton, eds., Anglo-American Media Interactions, 1850-2000 (Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), pp. 155-75.





  • Journal Articles
  • Review Essays

Journal Articles:

"Journalism History and Media History."  Journalism Studies 15 (April 2014): 154-161, 169-171. (This article is part of an exchange with Prof. Martin Conboy).

"The Political Cartoon as Educationalist Journalism:  David Low’s Portrayal of Mass Unemployment in Inter-War Britain." Journalism Studies 14 (October 2013): 681-697.

"Colonial Legacies and Internationalisation:  British History in Contemporary Hong Kong" (with Carol C. L. Tsang).  Twentieth Century British History 23 (No. 4, 2012): 563-574.

"Projecting Britishness to Hong Kong:  the British Council and Hong Kong House, 1950s-1970s." Historical Research 85 (November 2012): 691-709.

"Journalists' Histories of Journalism: Britain since the 1950s." Media History 18 (August/ November 2012): 327-340.

"The Cultural British World:  Asia in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" (with James R. Fichter). Britain and the World 5 (September 2012): 175-182.

"British Legal Culture and Colonial Governance:  the attack on corruption in Hong Kong, 1968-1974." Britain and the World 5 (September 2012): 223-239. (Reprinted in John M. Carroll and Chi-kwan Mark, Critical Readings on the Modern History of Hong Kong [Leiden: Brill, 2015], vol. 1, 365-382).

"Early Hong Kong Television, 1950s - 1970s: Commercialisation, Public Service, and Britishness." Media History 17 (August 2011): 305-22. (Reprinted in Donald G. Godfrey and Susan L. Brinson, eds., Routledge Reader on Electronic Media History [New York and London: Routledge, 2015], 463-77).

"Inventing David Low: Self-Presentation, Caricature and the Culture of Journalism in Mid-twentieth Century Britain." Twentieth Century British History 20 (No. 4, 2009): 482-512.

"The 'Objectivity' Ideal and Its Limitations in Twentieth-Century British Journalism." Journalism Studies 9 (August 2008): 477-93.

"Defining Journalists in Late-Nineteenth Century Britain."  Critical Studies in Media Communication 22 (June 2005): 138-55.

"Censors and Stereotypes:  Kingsley Martin Theorizes the Press." Media History 10 (April 2004):  17-28.

"Liberalism, the Press, and the Construction of the Public Sphere:  Theories of the Press in Britain, 1830-1914."  Victorian Periodicals Review 37 (Spring 2004):  72-92.

"‘Understanding Media’:  Theories of the Press in Britain, 1850-1914."  Media, Culture & Society 23 (March 2001): 213-31.

"The Press, Patriotism and Public Discussion:  C.P. Scott, the Manchester Guardian, and the Boer War, 1899-1902."  Historical Journal 44 (March 2001): 177-97.

"Journalists and the ‘Professional Ideal’ in Britain:  the Institute of Journalists, 1884-1907."  Historical Research 72 (June 1999): 183-201.

Review Essays:

On the modern British Press (untitled).  Journal of Victorian Culture 11 (Autumn 2006): 349-56.

“Media Studies and the Mainstreaming of Media History.”  Media History 11 (December 2005): 239-46.

On the Victorian mass media (untitled).  Journal of Victorian Culture 10 (Spring 2005): 143-9.

“Rethinking the New Journalism, 1850s-1930s.” Journal of British Studies 43 (April 2004): 278-90.




Book Reviews:

Dr Hampton has published over three dozen reviews, in journals including American Historical Review; American Journalism; Canadian Journal of History; European Journal of Communication; H-Albion; History; Journal of British Studies; Journal of Victorian Culture; Journalism Studies; Journalism:  Theory, Practice & Criticism; Media, Culture & Society; Media History; Twentieth Century British History.


Conference and Seminar Papers:

Dr Hampton has presented his research at two dozen conferences and seminars, including the North American Conference on British Studies; the Southern Conference on British Studies; the Social History Society Conference; the European Social Science History Conference; the Social Science History Association Conference; the Institute for Historical Research (London); the International Association for Media and History; the Center for Contemporary British History (London); Harvard University’s Center for European Studies; Oxford University's Linacre College; the University of Manchester (UK); Hong Kong University; Sun Yat-Sen University; the University of Delaware; the German Historical Institute (Washington, DC); the University of York; the University of Copenhagen; the International Convention of Asia Scholars; and Britain and the World.


Prof. Hampton is a cultural historian of Britain and the British Empire.  His first book, Visions of the Press in Britain, 1850-1950, analyzed the ways in which British elites understood the role of the press during a period of rapid political and social change. Since then he has written several essays on twentieth century British journalism, all of which explore the connections among professional identity, intellectual authority, and political culture in journalism history.    

His second book, Hong Kong and British culture, 1945-1997, was published in late 2015 by Manchester University Press in its Studies in Imperialism series.  This book considers Hong Kong as a space for such British cultural themes as unbridled capitalism, good governance, and modernization.  It also addresses Hong Kong as a site for the British at play (including sport, clubs, and sexuality), the development of Chinese Britishness, and the narratives of the 1997 "handover".  It draws on an eclectic range of sources, ranging from novels, memoirs, and journalistic accounts to state papers and personal manuscript collections and the archives of missionary societies, military regiments, local history societies, political parties and businesses.   

Prof. Hampton is currently pursuing research on the portrayal of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in twentieth-century British media, and on British radicals in Hong Kong from the takeover to the handover. In addition, he is general editor of a forthcoming 6-volume Cultural History of Media, under contract with Bloomsbury as part of its Cultural Histories series.

He is one of the co-editors of the journal Media History, published by Routledge/ Taylor & Francis.


  • Other Publications

Other Publications:

"Behind the times: Leaving Hong Kong," History Today 69 (10) (2019),  90-93


“The New Journalism,” in International Encyclopedia of Communication.  Oxford:  Blackwell, 2007.

“Introduction: Anglo-American Media Interactions” (with Joel H. Wiener), in Joel H. Wiener and Mark Hampton, eds., Anglo-American Media Interactions, 1850-2000 (Basingstoke:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 1-8.

Roundtable Response to 3 critiques of Visions of the Press, in Media History 12 (April 2006): 85-90.

“Newspapers in Victorian Britain” (brief historiographic essay).  History Compass (went online in September 2004).

“Journalism,” “Newspapers,” “Reuters,” “W.T. Stead,” “The Times,” and “The Daily Telegraph,” in The Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era.  Eds., Tom and Sara Pendergast. Danbury, CT: Grolier Academic Press, 2004.

“The United Kingdom.”  World Press Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. Detroit:  Gale Group, 2002. (15,000 words).