photo of Isabel Bielat in 2019

Isabel Bielat

Field & Specialties

Modern Europe
Britain and British Empire
Victorian and Global Nineteenth Century Studies
Digital Humanities


M.A. History, University of Virginia, 2022

Thesis: "'Worthy of a More Lasting Place': Emigrant Women and Moral Order in Colonial Australia, 1849-1855"


B.A. History and Victorian Studies, Vassar College, 2020

Thesis: "Uncharted Chartists: Political Self-Representation in Chartist Women's Writing"



Isabel Bielat is a PhD candidate in Modern European history, specializing in nineteenth-century political expression, empire and nation, and print culture. Her dissertation project argues that nineteenth-century British romanticization of national causes sustained longer cross-cultural patterns of social authority and radical critique. Isabel is the editor of Essays in History, an open-access journal for emerging historians edited by graduate students at UVA.


Booth, Alison, and Isabel Bielat. "A Mid-Range Team of Rivals: Women Novelists in the Collective Biographies of Women Database." Victorian Studies 65, no. 1 (2022): 17-23.

Courses Taught

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2021 - Spring 2023, for the following:
HIEU 2004 - Nationalism in Europe
HIEU 2072 - Modern Europe and the World
HIEU 3141 - Age of Conquests: Britain from the Romans to the Normans (43-1066)
HIEU 2112 - Modern Britain: Kingdom, Empire, Nation