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Research Statement

Primarily a historian of ideas, I am most interested in the intersections of science, religion, and philosophy. I am currently working on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project 'Fundamentalism as an Ulster Phenomenon? 1859-1939' with Dr Andrew Holmes and Prof. David Livingstone. This will map, in unprecendented detail, varieties of popular Protestantism in the nine Ulster counties. It will also highlight Ireland's key role in the formation of the transatlantic religious culture that birthed fundamentalism.

My doctoral research, funded by the AHRC, investigated the Victoria Institute. This organisation, formed in 1865, was a conservative Christian response to intellectual trends such as Darwinian natural selection, geology, and Biblical criticism.

Research Interests

My primary research focus is the historical relationship between science and religion. I am also very interested in the intellectual culture of the long nineteenth century, and the intellectual history of religion in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially fundamentalism and secularisation.


I have taught on

HIS2011 Politics and Society in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

HIS2055 History and Society

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Research Output 2019 2019

  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Article
political philosophy
English language

Faith and thought: Stokes as a religious man of science

Mathieson, S., 03 Jul 2019, George Gabriel Stokes: Life, Science and Faith. McCartney, M., Whitaker, A. & Wood, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Activities 2016 2019

  • 11 Participation in conference
  • 3 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 2 Invited talk

Uncovering Material Knowledge

Stuart Mathieson (Speaker)
30 Aug 201931 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

History of Science Society Conference 2019

Stuart Mathieson (Speaker)
23 Jul 201927 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

God's Two Books: Science, natural theology, and Victorian society

Stuart Mathieson (Invited speaker)
07 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Stokes as a Religious Man of Science

Stuart Mathieson (Invited speaker)
15 Sep 201918 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

International Research Network for Science and Belief in Society annual conference

Stuart Mathieson (Speaker)
04 Jul 201907 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


The Victoria Institute 1865-1932: A Case Study in the Relationship between Science and Religion

Author: Mathieson, S., Sep 2018

Supervisor: Holmes, A. (Supervisor) & Finnegan, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy