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 currently studying the state trials for sedition and treason in the 1790s in Scotland, England, Ireland, Canada and America, from the perspective of the state in the age of Enlightenment; and co-editing the fabulous correspondence (1750-1810) between the Ayrshire Church of Scotland minister, James Wodrow, and the Midlands banker, Samuel Kenrick, held at the Dr Williams Library in London.
Head of Division, History, Heritage and Politics
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Royal Historical Society
Member of Academic Council