Eighteenth Century Studies people

Katie Halsey

Founder and Co-Director

Katie’s research interests lie mainly in the fields of eighteenth-century and Romantic-period literature and print culture, in particular Jane Austen and the history of reading. In addition, she has wide-ranging interests in contemporary reading practices and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century library history, and welcomes applications for PhDs in all these subjects.

Katie is the Principal Investigator of the £1 million AHRC-funded project ‘Books and Borrowing 1750-1830: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers’ Registers’.

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Emma Macleod

Founder and Co-Director

Emma Macleod is a senior lecturer in History the Division of History, Heritage and Politics. Her work examines British political attitudes to international events in the late eighteenth century. She is currently co-editing the correspondence of James Wodrow and Samuel Kenrick (1750–1810) for Oxford University Press with Martin Fitzpatrick and Anthony Page (vol. 1 was published in August 2020, vol. 2 will appear in 2024, and there are two further volumes to come); examining the political trials of the 1790s in comparative perspective; and investigating the teaching of politics in Scottish universities in the late eighteenth century with colleagues at Aberdeen and the Open University. She would like to hear from prospective PhD students interested in any of these areas.

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Colin Nicolson


Colin Nicolson is a leading expert on the history of the American Revolution. His work focuses on the origins of the Revolution in colonial Boston and the Imperial Crisis of 1765-1776. He would be interested in hearing from potential PhD students in this area. He is presently writing a book on John Adams and US–British diplomacy following the American Revolution.

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Miranda Anderson

Miranda combines specialization in early modern literature and culture with an interest in exploring ideas of the mind and self in a range of disciplinary and historical contexts. She has pioneered cognitive approaches to literature and the humanities, which advance our understanding of their value, evidence the combined roles of embodiment and culture in human nature, and invite a rethink of critical methodologies. 

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Duncan Armstrong

Duncan is an MRes student supervised by Neville Wylie, currently researching the naval transport of Prisoners of War during the Second World War. His wider research interests involve the changing nature and treatment of POWs across centuries and the interconnected development of humanitarian law, as well as the material culture of remembrance.

Sam Bearhope

Sam is an MRes student supervised by Tom Marsden and Kelsey Williams. His current research focuses on the Russian conquest of the Western Caucasus (1802-1864) and the genocidal mindset prevalent among Caucasus commanders. He also has a keen interest in wider Russian society and culture, the history of empires and colonialism and film history. Sam previously completed a BA (Hons) History at the University of Stirling.

Maxine Branagh-Miscampbell

Maxine is a postdoctoral research fellow on the Books and Borrowing project. Her recently-completed PhD was on Scottish child readers in the long eighteenth century, focusing in particular on the Royal High School of Edinburgh. Her current research extends this work. 


Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Scots Law at the University of Stirling and considers himself to be something of a private law generalist. He has a keen interest in the application of legal history to modern practice and organised a conference on that subject (with Dr. Craig Anderson of the Robert Gordon University) hosted in 2021.

Although principally concerned with research into the Scottish legal system as it subsists in the 21st century, much of Jonathan’s work draws on the Civilian roots of Scots jurisprudence, examining how the doctrines and ideas received in the formative stages of Scots law can be put to practical effect today and ultimately resolve seemingly ‘novel’ problems.


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Jim Caudle

Jim works primarily on James Boswell and Robert Burns, though he also has interests in eighteenth-century political sermons, copyright and eighteenth-century print culture in its widest sense. He worked for seventeen years as the Associate Editor at the Yale Boswell Editions, and is now working on the edition of Robert Burns at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow.

See Jim's profile at University of Glasgow

Timothy Cooke

Tim is a part-time PhD candidate, living in Hawaii, and supervised by Colin Nicolson and Gyorgy Toth. His project, entitled Colonial Ranger Operations in the Southeast: 1760 – 1783, investigates the evolution and influence of distinctive Colonial militia and irregular British units variously called “rangers,” “partisans,” “light cavalry,” and “mounted militia;” their reconnaissance, raiding, and unconventional warfare missions in the War for American Independence. This work argues that those unconventional aspects of eighteenth-century combat may be the only military practices to survive into the twentieth century.

Calum Cunningham

Calum Cunningham recently successfully defended his PhD thesis, ‘Lawful Sovereignty: The Political Criminalisation and Decriminalisation of Jacobitism, 1688–1788’. The project was supervised by Alastair Mann and Emma Macleod. His primary research interest is in the field of Jacobite studies. Other interests include wider social aspects of the Jacobite movement including court politics, material culture, and the lives of the exiled Stuarts. He is also interested in wider aspects of Scottish history, particularly the long eighteenth century period, and in Classical Studies with its significant influence upon later epochs in British and especially Scottish history. 

Calum’s recent publications include: Cunningham CE (2022) Amassing Jacobitiana: The Amulree Jacobite Collection. History Scotland, 22 (1), pp. 14-19.

Cunningham CE (2021) 'A Thorn in Their Side': Trends in British Punishment during the Long Eighteenth Century and the Crime of Jacobitism, 1688-c.1815. Spark: Stirling International Journal of Postgraduate Research, (7) Connections and Divisions.

Alex Deans

Alex is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ‘Books and Borrowing 1750-1830’ project. Alex completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Glasgow in 2014, where his research on cultures of labouring-class reading and writing drew on the records of a number of Scottish subscription and circulating libraries. Prior to joining Books and Borrowing, he was part of the AHRC funded Curious Travellers project, which considered Romantic-period travel writing about Scotland and Wales. He has published book chapters and articles on various aspects of Enlightenment and Romantic literary culture, with a focus on labouring-class intellectual improvement, and writing about ecology and landscape in the period.

Leslie Dodd

Leslie Dodd is lecturer in Scots Law at the University of Stirling, specialising in private law. He is primarily a legal historian and classicist whose research is focused on historical works of Scots law and particularly on the relationship between Scottish and Continental legal thought in the period 1500-1800.

At present, his primary project is a four-volume translation and Latin edition of the Jus feudale tribus libris comprehensum of Thomas Craig (c.1538-1608), the first volume of which was published by the Stair Society in 2017.

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Arran Douglas

Arran Douglas is an MRes student studying with Emma Macleod and Tom Marsden. His research interests lie largely in the 1820s-40s and include the Georgian period. He is interested in British opinions of Russia during the Napoleonic Wars, and is a student of American History as well as history of empires. 

Jill Dye

Jill completed her PhD in 2018, under the supervision of Katie Halsey. Her research focussed on the books and borrowers of Innerpeffray Library, Crieff. Jill is now Library Services Manager for National Museums Scotland and the editor of the Library and Information History journal.

Maria Gemma Silva Fernandez

Gema is a PhD student studying under the supervision of Katie Halsey and Kelsey Jackson Williams. Her doctoral thesis studies the reception of Lord Byron and Sir Walter Scott. Gema is particularly interested in the ways in which Scott and Byron exploited the publishing context of the early nineteenth century.

Lucy Henry

Lucy is an AHRC-funded PhD student, supervised by Emma Macleod (Stirling), Alex Shepard (Glasgow), and David Brown (National Records of Scotland). Her CDA project will examine the Inverness Sheriff Court records in the latter half of the eighteenth century, analysing women and gender in the criminal cases found within, and listing them for the NRS catalogue.

Kelsey Jackson Williams

Kelsey studies the intellectual and material cultures of early modern northern Europe, particularly Scotland. He is interested in numerous aspects of early modern Scottish culture, Latin, Scots, and Gaelic poetry, the history of books, book collecting, and reading, canon and disciplinary formation, epigraphy and carved stones, Scandinavian state-sponsored antiquarianism, and early modern understandings of the ancient past. Do get in touch with Kelsey if you are interested in doctoral study in any of these fields.

Kelsey is also the editor of the Scottish History Society, and is always keen to receive proposals for new volumes or miscellany pieces.

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Jacqueline Kennard

Jacqueline Kennard is currently undertaking an MSc in Historical research, supervised by Ali Cathcart, Dave Griffiths, and Katie Halsey. Her work is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and is entitled ‘Libraries and Class Identity in Scotland, 1800-1842: The Significance of Libraries in an Industrialising Society’. Jacqueline has a particular interest in labouring class readers, and in the ways in which libraries contribute to social mobility.

Clare Loughlin

Clare is a postdoctoral research fellow on the Scottish Privy Council Project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. She completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2020, which explored anti-Catholicism and the Church of Scotland in the first half of the eighteenth century. Anti-Catholicism across the British Isles continues to be a major area of research interest. More broadly, she is interested in the history of interconfessional relations, religious architecture, and the relationship between religion and landscape.

Isla Macfarlane

Isla is a PhD student researching the Borrowing Records and Visitors’ Books of Innerpeffray Library, supervised by Katie Halsey (Stirling) and Lara Haggerty (Innerpeffray). Isla studied English Language at the University of Glasgow and completed her MSc in Book History and Material Culture at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include library history, book history, the history of reading and marginalia.

Katie Maclean

Katie's PhD research, 'Adapting Jane Austen on Stage: 1895-2022,' is supervised by Katie Halsey and Michael Shaw and funded by the Carnegie Trust. This doctoral project involves the creation of a survey of all known British and American stage adaptations of Jane Austen's novels, with a focus on queer adaptations of her work. Katie's primary research interests are reflected by her award of the 2022 Dee-Amy Chinn Postgraduate Prize for exceptional achievement in the study of gender, queer studies and feminism.

Jamie Macpherson

Jamie’s PhD research, supervised by Colin Nicolson, focused on the political friendships of John Adams, second president (1797-1801) and Founding Father, a man who Joseph Ellis called “the most self-revealed, instinctively candid, gloriously fallible, wholly honest member of that remarkable, “band of brothers”. Jamie works as a research assistant on The Bernard Papers.

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Philippe Maron

Phil’s PhD project was supervised by Colin Nicolson. Its focus was on John Adams and US-French diplomacy for the period 1778-1801, and he passed his viva in 2023. He previously completed a BA (Hons) Heritage and Conservation, and a MRes Historical Research, both at the University of Stirling.

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Thomas Marsden

Thomas is a lecturer in European History whose research deals with Russia in the long-nineteenth century.  He focuses on the topic of religious dissent, but is interested in what this reveals about the nature of Russian society and politics more widely.  He is currently examining the relationship between imperial religious diversity and ethnic consciousness, and the ideological and institutional evolution of the Russian autocracy.

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Nicola Martin

Nicola is Lecturer in History at the University of the Highlands and Islands. She is a transatlantic military historian, specialising in eighteenth-century British imperialism and Jacobitism. She completed her AHRC funded PhD ‘The Cultural Paradigms of British Imperialism in the Militarisation of Scotland and North America, c.1745-1775’ with the University of Stirling in 2019. Having focused on Scottish History, primarily Jacobitism, for my BA(Hons) and MSc at the University of Strathclyde, her doctoral research took a transatlantic approach to warfare and pacification. She joined the Centre for History at the UHI as a teaching assistant in September 2018 and as a lecturer in November 2019, having previously taught at the University of Stirling and for the University of Dundee/Open University.

Charley Matthews

Charley is an AHRC-funded PhD student working on queer women readers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, supervised by Katie Halsey at Stirling and Katherine Inglis at the University of Edinburgh. Their research interests also include library history and the relationship between historical reading practices and the rise of the novel. 

Charley’s most recent publication '"I feel the mind enlarging itself": Anne Lister’s gendered reading practices' is available to read on Taylor & Francis Online.


James McKean

James’s research looks at how Gothic Ideology, in literature and art, has come to shape the perception of ruins on the landscape in Britain, under the supervision of Emma Macleod and Catherine Mills. He also has a keen interest in ruins of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries found in edgelands, wildscapes and industrial ruins.

Gerard Lee McKeever

Gerry is a Lecturer in Modern Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the ‘Books and Borrowing 1750–1830’ (AHRC) project team. He is the author of Dialectics of Improvement: Scottish Romanticism, 1786–1831 (EUP, 2020).

His ongoing research interests in eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary culture cover areas including regionalism, ‘improvement’, book history, and textual editing.

Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman

Cleo is an AHRC-funded PhD student, supervised by Katie Halsey, Gerry McKeever, and Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow). Her research focuses on novel reading and associated forms of 'improvement' within Post-Enlightenment Scotland. She also has a keen interest in eighteenth-century women's writing and recently published an article in The Burney Journal.

Anna Pavičić

Anna is a PhD student supervised by Dr. Jonathan Brown and Dr. Leslie Dodd (Stirling). Her research aims to provide a comparative analysis of the history, functionality and relevance of Scots law of promise. Her other research interests include Scots private law and legal history.

Katharina Pruente

Katharina is an SGSSS-funded PhD student who works on the social networks of Archibald Campbell, fifth earl of Argyll and chief of Clan Campbell (1558-1573). Her project is supervised by Dr Ali Cathcart (History), Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams (Literature), and Dr Dave Griffiths (Sociology). Her wider research interests include cooperation and conflict in the early modern period, clan structures and government before 1600 and the role of ambassadors in wider European politics.

Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer is a part-time PhD student, supervised by Katie Halsey at Stirling and Elspeth Jajdelska at the University of Strathclyde. The topic of her research is Jane Austen and written forms of authority in the late-eighteenth and early nineteenth-century.


Jennifer’s most recent publication is ‘“Edmund Inconsistent”: Edmund Bertram, Fanny Price and the Issue of Evangelicalism in Mansfield Park’, Persuasions Online, 42:1 (Winter 2021), for which she won the 2020 Jane Austen Society U.K. Graduate and Early Career Researcher Prize.

Read the essay.

Jennifer has also co-written a chapter with Katie Halsey for the forthcoming publication, A Literary Education: Women's Pedagogical Exchange, 1690-1850, shortly to be published by Edinburgh University Press, and edited by Louise Joy and Jessica Lim.

Mhairi Rutherford

Mhairi completed her PhD in 2023. Her AHRC-funded research focussed on the intellectual development of the Scottish Episcopal Church during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through an in-depth investigation of the libraries of the Diocese of Brechin (now at the University of Dundee) and Alexander Jolly, Bishop of Moray (now at the National Library of Scotland).

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Stuart Salmon

Stuart teaches American, British, and European history at the University of Stirling and has taught at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh. His PhD (2010) was on the Loyalist Regiments of the American Revolution, supervised by Colin Nicolson.

Larissa Schulder

Larissa is an MRes student under the supervision of Thomas Marsden. Her research interests lie in the nineteenth century Habsburg Empire. Her thesis investigates the representation of monarchism in Austria during the pre-March period, ranging from 1835 to 1848.

Josh Smith

Josh is an AHRC-funded PhD student working on political readers and reading in early-nineteenth century subscription libraries, with a particular focus on the records of the Bristol Library Society and the Leighton Library in Dunblane. His research interests also include the book publishing and printing networks of anti-Jacobin fiction as well as British politics of the Regency era.

Robbie Tree

Robbie is a Leverhulme Trust funded PhD student researching as part of the Scottish Privy Council Project. His research is focused on religion and politics in Scotland from 1689 to 1708 and is supervised by Alastair Mann (Stirling) and Allan Kennedy (Dundee). This project will look into the internal factors shaping policy in Scotland under William III and Queen Anne through the prism of the judicial, legislative and executive body which was the privy council prior to its abolition in 1708. His main focus therefore lies in the interplay between religious and political cultures. He is also interested in the cultural and social implications of collier serfdom from its inception in 1606 to its abolition in 1799.

Angus Vine

Angus’s research focuses on early modern literature and culture, with particular interests in antiquarianism, manuscript culture, book history, the works of Francis Bacon, mercantile culture, and the organization of knowledge. Angus’s eighteenth-century interests include the editing and presentation of Shakespeare in the period, and the culture of commerce. Angus would like to hear from potential students in these areas.

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Shaun Wallace

Shaun is a Lecturer at the University of Bristol, specialising in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century slavery in the US South. He is currently writing his first book which uses the Fugitive Slave Database, a bespoke database of newspaper advertisements for enslaved runaways, to investigate fugitives and fugitivity and to explore themes including enslaved rebelliousness, literacy, transatlantic print culture, and slaveholding women.

One of Shaun’s recent publications is; Shaun Wallace, ‘Fugitive Voices: Artfulness, Performance, and ‘The Other’ in Advertisements for African and African American Fugitives in the Early National United States’ in Katrin Horn, Leopold Lippert, Ilka Saal, and Pia Wiegmink (eds.), American Cultures as Transnational Performance: Commons, Skills, Traces (Routledge, 2021). DOI: 10.4324/9781003048947-8

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Congratulations to members

Congratulations to Jacqueline Kennard on the award of a British Association for Romantic Studies Stephen Copley Bursary to undertake archival research in Orkney, related to her project ‘Libraries and Class Identity in Scotland, 1800-1842: The Significance of Libraries in an Industrialising Society’.

We congratulate Philippe Maron on the successful outcome of his viva. Congratulations, Dr Maron!

We congratulate Calum Cunningham on the successful outcome of his viva. Calum’s thesis is entitled ‘Lawful Sovereignty: The Political Criminalisation and Decriminalisation of Jacobitism, 1688–1788’.

Congratulations to Katie Maclean on being awarded a Carnegie Trust PhD scholarship for her doctoral project, ‘Adapting Jane Austen on Stage, 1895-2022’.

Congratulations to Jacqueline Kennard on being awarded ESRC funding for her Masters and PhD work, ‘Libraries and Class Identity in Scotland, 1800-1842: The Significance of Libraries in an Industrialising Society’.

We congratulate Jill Dye, now of the National Museums of Scotland, on being awarded funding from the AHRC to carry out further research into the history of their collections. 

Congratulations to Kelsey Jackson Williams on his promotion to Associate Professor.

We congratulate Gerry McKeever on his appointment as Lecturer in Modern Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

Congratulations to Alex Deans on his new job as Research Associate on the Curious Travellers 2 project at the University of Glasgow.

Congratulations to Phil Miller on his appointment as Communications Advisor to Daniel Johnson MSP, the Labour shadow secretary for Finance and Economy.

We congratulate Mhairi Rutherford on the successful outcome of her viva, and on her appointment as a Research Assistant on the Book Owners Online project.

Congratulations to Lauren Moffatt on winning the Dee Amy Chinn Gender Studies prize for her undergraduate dissertation “A Patchwork Monster: The Making of Madwomen in Neo-Victorian Gothic Feminist Texts.”

We congratulate Jacqueline Kennard on winning the Edward & Thomas Lunt Prize, awarded for the best performance in English Studies at the University of Stirling.

Congratulations to Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman on being awarded a Visiting Doctoral Researcher fellowship at the University of Berkeley

Congratulations to Katie Halsey on her promotion to Professor!

We congratulate Gerry McKeever on winning the BARS First Book Prize for his monograph Dialectics of Improvement: Scottish Romanticism, 1786-1831 (2020).

We congratulate Angus Vine on his promotion to Associate Professor.

Congratulations to Maxine Branagh-Miscampbell and James McKean on the award of the PhD!

We congratulate Jacqueline Kennard on the award of a Carnegie Vacation Scholarship 2021, and for winning the Ember Award 2021 for the best piece of undergraduate writing at the University of Stirling.

We congratulate Katie Halsey on the award of just over £1 million from the AHRC for the project Books and Borrowing 1750-1830: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers’ Registers.

Congratulations to Duncan Hotchkiss and Jamie Macpherson on the award of the PhD!

Congratulations to Emma Macleod on the publication of Volume 1 of the Wodrow-Kenrick Correspondence, 1780-1810 (Oxford University Press, 2020), co-edited with Martin Fitzpatrick and Anthony Page 

We congratulate Nicola Martin on her new job at the Centre for History at the University of the Highlands and Islands!

Congratulations to Angus Vine, on the award of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. Angus’s project is entitled ‘Mercantile Humanism: Knowledge-Making in Early Modern Britain’. We also congratulate Angus on his election to Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society.

Congratulations to Kelsey Jackson Williams, who has just been appointed as the general editor for the Scottish History Society.

We congratulate Jennifer Robertson on winning the Jane Austen Society UK Essay Prize, 2021.