Skip header navigation

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.

See research profile

Emma Macleod (Founder and Co-Director)

Emma Macleod is a senior lecturer in History and Head of 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 for Oxford University Press with Martin Fitzpatrick and Anthony Page; examining the political trials of the 1790s in comparative perspective; and co-editing a volume of essays, Faithful Citizens: Believing and Belonging, 1750-1820 with Emma Major. She would like to hear from prospective PhD students interested in these topics.

See research profile

Colin Nicolson (Co-Director)

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.

See research profile

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.

See research profile

Angus Vine

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

See research profile

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.

See research profile

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.

Find out more

Nicola Martin

Nicola has recently completed her PhD, which considered the actions, experiences and encounters of the British army in two places it was particularly active in the eighteenth century: the Scottish Highlands and North America, under the supervision of Colin Nicolson. Her current research develops these themes.

Find out more

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.

Find out more

Jamie Macpherson

Jamie’s PhD 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”. Jamie works as a research assistant on The Bernard Papers.

See research profile

Maxine Branagh-Miscampbell

Maxine is an AHRC-funded PhD student working on Scottish child readers in the long eighteenth century, supervised by Katie Halsey and Bethan Benwell. Her research and teaching interests include the Long Eighteenth Century, Book History, History of Reading, Children’s Literature, History of Childhood, Scottish Enlightenment, and Romanticism.

Find out more

Jennifer Robertson

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

Mhairi Rutherford

Mhairi is an AHRC-funded PhD student. Her project is supervised by Kelsey Jackson Williams (Stirling) and Caroline Brown (Dundee), and is 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).

Find out more

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.

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 Librarian at St Hilda’s College Oxford, and the editor of the journal Library and Information History.

Philippe Maron

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

See research profile

Congratulations to Members

Congratulations to Jill Dye, on being appointed to the English Faculty at Oxford, and the job of Librarian at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Congratulations to Shaun Wallace, on his appointment to the Faculty of History at the University of Bristol.

We congratulate Jill Dye, Nicola Martin, and Fanny Lacôte on the award of their PhDs, and Duncan Hotchkiss on the submission of his thesis.

Congratulations to Mhairi Rutherford, on being awarded a prestigious internship at the Old Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Congratulations to Emma Macleod on assuming the editorship of the Scottish Historical Review, and to Jill Dye on becoming co-editor of Library and Information History.

Scroll back to the top