Eighteenth Century Studies people
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jacqueline is an undergraduate student keen to pursue postgraduate study about the long eighteenth century. In summer 2021 she conducted research, funded by the Carnegie Trust's Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship, with Books and Borrowing 1750-1830 about working-class use of Scottish libraries in the early nineteenth century. She is especially interested in book history, library history, and reading history, as well as book collecting, aesthetics, and canonisation.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 member of the ‘Books and Borrowing 1750-1830’ (AHRC) project team. He recently finished a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Glasgow, having formerly worked on the new Oxford Edition of Robert Burns. His ongoing research interests in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Scottish and British literary culture cover topics including regionalism, ‘improvement’, aesthetics and imaginative geography.
Kat is an ESRC-funded MSc Historical Research student who works on the social networks of Archibald Campbell, fifth earl of Argyll. Her project is supervised by Dr Ali Cathcart (History), Dr Colin Nicolson (History) and Dr Dave Griffiths (Sociology). Kat’s wider research interests include early modern European culture and identity, cooperation and conflict in the Atlantic archipelago, and the impact of friendship on politics, transnational collaboration, and religious reform.
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.
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.
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.
Danni is an MRes Humanities student under the supervision of Katie Halsey. Her current research aims to examine psychological attitudes to illness within Jane Austen's texts, building upon the work she did in her undergraduate dissertation exploring Austen, psychological trauma, and observation of real people to create mimetic characters.
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.
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.