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Katie Halsey (Founder and Co-Director)

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Stirling, having previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge, St Andrews and London. My research and teaching interests lie in the long eighteenth century, with a particular focus on Jane Austen and the history of reading. My publications include Jane Austen and her Readers, 1786-1945 (, Shakespeare and Authority: Citations, Conceptions and Constructions (, The History of Reading (, The History of Reading: Evidence from the British Isles c. 1750-1950 ( and The Concept and Practice of Conversation in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1688-1840 (

I am the Associate Editor of the Year’s Work in English Studies ( with responsibility for the Eighteenth-Century and Romantic-Period chapters, and I sit on the management board of the AHRC-funded Reading Experience Database 1450-1945. I am a member of the following AHRC-funded networks: Institutions of Literature (; Community Libraries in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850 ( and the Digital Reading network (

I currently supervise seven PhD students, and am always keen to hear from future students who would like to work on the literature and culture of the eighteenth-century, Jane Austen, the history of reading, or print culture in the period more broadly.

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Emma Macleod (Founder and Co-Director)

After completing both undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, I taught in the History Department there (1994-6) before joining the University of Stirling in 1996, where I teach eighteenth-century British political history (Parliamentary and popular) and the history of gender in Britain (c.1750-1930). I am a member of the editorial board of the online Statistical Accounts of Scotland.

My research interests lie mainly in later eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British political history, particularly British attitudes to international events such as the American and French Revolutions. My publications include A War of Ideas? British Attitudes towards the French Revolutionary Wars, 1792-1802 (1998), and British Visions of America, 1775-1820: Republican Realities (2013).

I am currently engaged in two major research projects. The first compares the state trials of the 1790s in Scotland, England, Ireland, Canada and America, from the perspective of the state in the age of Enlightenment. The second is a collaboration with Dr Anthony Page (University of Tasmania) and Dr Martin Fitzpatrick (University of Aberystwyth) to publish an edition for Oxford University Press of the substantial correspondence (1750-1810) between the Ayrshire Church of Scotland minister, James Wodrow, and the Midlands merchant, Samuel Kenrick, held at the Dr Williams Library in London.

I have supervised four PhD theses on eighteenth-century British politics to successful completion, and welcome enquiries from potential future students.

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Colin Nicolson (Co-Director)

I am a leading expert on the history of the American Revolution, and my work focuses on the origins of the Revolution in colonial Boston and the Imperial Crisis of 1765-1776. I am currently editing the multi-volume historical documentary edition Papers of Francis Bernard, Governor of Colonial Massachusetts (now freely available online) and co-authoring Imaginary Friendship in the American Revolution: John Adams and Jonathan Sewall (a microhistory of friendship, due for publication in 2018). I presently supervise six PhD researchers working on slave literacy and fugitivity, John Adams, friendship in colonial America, Massachusetts privateers, and British responses to militarization in Scotland and America during the mid- to late-eighteenth century.

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Julian Bates

My MRes dissertation is on the 'Commercialization of Legislation: Power and Politics between the East India Company and the Parliaments of Britain, 1770 - 1795'. This work looks at establishing a correlation between the success of the East India Company abroad and the Company's domestic influence on our Parliament. Examining the various relationships/ interests, both family and monetary between senior East India personnel and members of both Parliament and the various Governments throughout the 25 year time period.

I also currently work for the Royal Museum's Greenwich (National Maritime Museum) curatorial department. I help manage one of our databases. The specific database I work on is dedicated to maritime memorials.


Maxine Branagh-Miscampbell

I am an AHRC-funded PhD student working on Scottish child readers in the long eighteenth century, supervised by Katie Halsey and Bethan Benwell. My research and teaching interests include the Long Eighteenth Century, Book History, History of Reading, Children’s Literature, History of Childhood, Scottish Enlightenment, Romanticism and I have publications forthcoming in these fields.

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Twitter: @maxinebranagh

Jim Caudle

I am currently a Research Associate at Oxford Brookes, having worked previously at Yale before relocating to Scotland. My research interests include James Boswell, political sermons, the history of the book and print culture of the long eighteenth century. I am also interested in the eighteenth-century theatre. I am the editor of The General Correspondence of James Boswell, 17571763, edited by David Hankins and James J. Caudle (2006) and am currently working on several articles and editing The Correspondence of James Boswell and Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo with Richard B. Sher.

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Jill Dye

My PhD project is jointly supervised by Dr Katie Halsey (University of Stirling) and Dr Daniel Cook (University of Dundee) with an external partner, Innerpeffray Library. Innerpeffray is the oldest free lending library in Scotland. My project focuses on the role of the library within the local community in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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Twitter: @jilld17

Paul Gardiner

I am studying for the MRes in Historical Research. The provisional title of my dissertation is 'Contemporary opinion and military discipline during the wars against France, 1793-1815'.

Craig Hanlon

I graduated from the University of Stirling in 2006 with a B.A. (Hons) in History and while working as a civil servant I returned in 2011 to undertake the Masters of Research in Historical Research programme. I completed my dissertation ‘The Legal Friendships of John Adams c.1758 – 1777’ in 2013. Following on from my MRes work I started the part-time PhD programme in 2014 to undertake a full-scale study of John Adams’s legal career.

My research interests include John Adams, law in colonial and revolutionary America, pre-revolutionary Massachusetts, and the American Revolutionary era.

Kelsey Jackson Williams

I am Lecturer in Literature and Material Culture at the University of Stirling and my research interests sit at the awkward intersection of cultural history, book history, and epigraphy, mostly but not entirely in the long eighteenth century. My first monograph, The Antiquary: John Aubrey’s Historical Scholarship (OUP, 2016) was nominated for the Modern Language Association First Book Prize in 2017 and my second, The First Scottish Enlightenment: Rebels, Priest, and History, is forthcoming from OUP in the hopefully not-too-distant future. When not teaching or writing, I can usually be found piloting the Pathfoot Press, Stirling’s thriving new centre for letterpress and book art. For more information see my website at

Fanny Lacôte

I am currently working toward a PhD in Literature and Languages at the University of Stirling and at the Université de Lorraine (France) under the supervision of Katie Halsey, Kelsey Jackson Williams and Prof. Catriona Seth.

My first degree was in Libraries and Publishing-related professions at the D.U.T., Institute of Technology. I have since completed a B.A. and an M.A. in French Literature and Language at the Université de Lorraine in France.

My research interests include:

  • Comparative Literature
  • Gothic Studies
  • Literature and Visual Arts
  • Translation Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Thematic Studies
  • Literature and Intertextuality

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Peter Lindfield

I am an architectural- and design history specialising in the Georgian period, the Gothic Revival, heraldry and antiquarianism. Currently I am a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Stirling. My three-year project, 'Antiquarian by Design: Fakery and the Material Object in Britain 1720–1824', examines the role of fakery and forgery across the arts in Georgian Britain. In 2015–16 I was an AHRC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stirling working on ruins and their influence upon Georgian culture and literature. My research centres upon Georgian design history — architecture, interiors, furniture — antiquarianism and heraldry.

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Jamie Macpherson

My research, supervised by Colin Nicolson, focuses 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”.

Friendship is a powerful bond, an elemental human relationship, which Adams called “one of the distinguishing glories of man”. His reflections provide us with intimate portraits of life, politics and power in early American history. Following Aristotle and Derrida, this study considers friendship an inherently political friendship. The Enlightenment changed understandings of such relationships, they became – in neo-aristotelean terms – vital to securing the unity of the polis. Such bonds centred on: virtue, trust, and self sacrifice and replaced the monarchical ties: defence, patronage, and hierarchy. Friendship was therefore, a force for securing the liberty of America, to engender affection and virtue among her citizens and ultimately, to safeguard Republicanism.

It is a challenging study, which engages with classical, medieval, Enlightenment and modern philosophy as well as political theory and sociology.

Drawing on the works of Barker-Benfield, Goober, Good and Leibiger, it will examine this powerful bond through the epistolary medium, and chart the relative intimacies and political engagement.

Those to be studied include: Abigail Adams, Richard Cranch, Elbridge Gerry, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush and James and Mercy Warren. This thesis will examine the nature of these relationships, and in so doing, hope to reveal the mutability of friendship and politics in the age of Enlightenment.

Currently, I am employed as a research assistant on The Bernard Papers.

Previously, I have studied at the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh.

Nicola Martin

I am a final year PhD student at the University of Stirling, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and co-supervised by Dr Colin Nicolson (Stirling) and Dr Matthew Ward (Dundee). I completed my BA and MSc in History at the University of Strathclyde, studying Jacobitism and British imperial policy under Prof Allan Macinnes and Dr John Young. I began my PhD at the University of Stirling in 2014 and am currently working on a dissertation entitled ‘The Cultural Paradigms of British Imperialism in the Militarisation of Scotland and North America, 1745-75’. The focus of my research is on the effect of warfare and the pacification of hostile peoples in both Scotland and North America on British imperialism in the years preceding the American Revolution. Particularly, I am interested in the encounters, experiences and interactions of the British army in both places and how these interactions affected imperial attitudes. My research interests include eighteenth-century British imperialism, Scottish history and early American history.

As well as being part of the centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Stirling I am a founding member of the Scottish History Network, an organisation that aims to foster communication and collaboration in the field of Scottish history. I am also the Postgraduate Secretary for the Scottish Association for the Study of America (SASA) and organised the 2016 conference for the organisation at the University of Stirling. I have written various blogs about my research for the Scottish History Network, the University of Stirling’s Centre for Scottish Studies, and the Junto Blog on Early American History. You can follow me on Twitter.

James McKean

My research looks at how Gothic Ideology, in literature and art, has come to shape the perception of ruins on the landscape in Britain. Studying the process of the Reformation in sixteenth-century England, and how this event was used in the eighteenth-century to spread anti-Catholic ideology. This will tie into studying the progression of antiquarianism from the sixteenth to the eighteenth-century. I also have a keen interest in ruins of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries found in edgelands, wildscapes and industrial ruins.

Jennifer Robertson

I am a part-time PhD student, supervised by Dr Katie Halsey at Stirling and Dr Elspeth Jajdelska at the University of Strathclyde. My project is in its early stages, but the broad topic is Jane Austen and perception.

Mhairi Rutherford

I am an AHRC-funded PhD student. My project is supervised by Kelsey Jackson Williams (Stirling) and Caroline Brown (Dundee). I work 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).

Lauri Sim

I graduated from the University of Stirling in 2017 with a BA (Hons) in History and English, and will start the MRes (Humanities) in 2018, supervised by Katie Halsey and Emma Macleod. My project will be on the print culture of the long eighteenth century, with a particular focus on Defoe as a pamphleteer. My research interests are in print culture, in particular satirical imagery, British Politics, the formation of British National identity and the role of women in society.

Shaun Wallace

My Economic and Social Research Council-funded PhD project was entitled ‘Slave Fugitivity and Literacy in Georgia and Maryland, 1790-1810’ (2013 - submitted August/September 2017). The project constructed a prosopography of fugitive slaves in both Georgia and Maryland using slave runaway advertisements, a common feature of eighteenth and nineteenth century American newspapers. It examined advertisements with emphasis on establishing how reading and writing influenced slaves’ decision making to abscond and how literacy aided their attempts to remain at large. An electronic database—the Fugitive Slave Database (FSdb)— was constructed for the project and contains information for 2,350 slaves, 5,567 advertisements, and over 9,000 records harvested from over two decades of newspaper issues. It is intended that the database will be made publicly accessible in due course and will form the basis of a post-doctoral project. Prior to the PhD, I gained an MRes in Historical Research (2011-12) and a BA (Hons) in History (2007-2011).

My research interests include slavery, slave resistance, literacy (theory), race, citizenship, and education. My research has also moved into other areas more recently including print culture, digital humanities, and social network analysis. It is grounded in the long eighteenth century, particularly the early national period in the United States.

I have several publications including book reviews in the Journal of American Studies and Journal of African American History as well as an article in History Today entitled ‘Runaway Reading: How Did Literacy encourage slave rebelliousness after the American War of Independence?’ [].

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LinkedIn:, Twitter: @Shaun_Wallace_

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