After completing my MSt and DPhil at Balliol College, Oxford, I was a lecturer at Jesus College, Oxford, and subsequently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of St Andrews. I joined the University of Stirling in 2016.
Katharine Briggs Award Short List, 2017
My first monograph, "The Antiquary", was short-listed for the Katharine Briggs Award in 2017.
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow University of St Andrews
I was funded by the British Academy to undertake a three-year research project based at the University of St Andrews with the title "Writing Scotland: Antiquarianism, Confessionalism, and National Identity in Early Modern Europe". The fruits of that research are now forthcoming as a monograph from Oxford University Press under the title, "The First Scottish Enlightenment".
Council Member of the Scottish History Society http://scottishhistorysociety.com/ I am a council member of the Scottish History Society, the leading publisher of original sources relating to the history of Scotland.
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland https://www.socantscot.org/ I am a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, one of the nation's oldest learned societies (founded in 1780), whose purpose is “to investigate both antiquities and natural and civil history in general, with the intention that the talents of mankind should be cultivated and that the study of natural and useful sciences should be promoted”.
Secretary of the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature https://ucsl-scotland.com/ I am secretary for the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature, a national body of academics concerned with the condition, development and promotion of Scottish literary studies in higher education.
I study the intellectual and material cultures of early modern northern Europe, particularly Scotland. My books include The First Scottish Enlightenment: Rebels, Priests, and History (Oxford University Press, 2020) and The Antiquary: John Aubrey’s Historical Scholarship (Oxford University Press, 2016). I’ve also published or spoken on 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. For more details and information on my latest research see http://kelseyjacksonwilliams.com/
Parallel to this, I am the Director of the Pathfoot Press, Stirling's centre for letterpress printing and teaching, in which role I teach hand printing and undertake a variety of commissions and projects with the university and the wider Scottish literary community. For more information about the press see our webpage at pathfootpress.com or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PathfootPress
I welcome enquiries from students on all of these topics. If Scotland, material culture, old books, or printing are all or any of your cups of tea, drop me a line!
Williams KJ (2019) The Scottish Heresy: George Mackenzie’s Pelagian Biographies. In: Loughlin F & Johnston A (eds.) Antiquity and Enlightenment Culture: New Approaches and Perspectives. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
Jackson Williams K (2019) Review of Alasdair A. MacDonald. George Lauder (1603-1670): Life and Writings. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2018 [N/A]. Review of: Alasdair A. MacDonald. George Lauder (1603-1670): Life and Writings. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2018.. Studies in Scottish Literature, 45 (1). https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/ssl/
Williams KJ (2017) The Antiquities at Stonehenge. In: Carter M, Lindfield P & Townshend D (eds.) Writing Britain's Ruins. London: British Library Publishing, pp. 76-78. http://bookshop.nationalarchives.gov.uk/9780712309783/Writing-Britain%27s-Ruins/
Williams KJ (2016) The Antiquary: John Aubrey’s Historical Scholarship. Oxford English Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-antiquary-9780198784296?cc=gb〈=en&
Williams KJ (2015) The Network of James Garden of Aberdeen and North-Eastern Scottish Culture in the Seventeenth Century. Northern Studies, 47, pp. 102-130. http://www.ssns.org.uk/publications/journal.html
Williams KJ (2014) Thomas Gray and the Goths: Philology, Poetry, and the Uses of the Norse Past in Eighteenth-Century England. Review of English Studies, 65 (271), pp. 694-710. https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgu024
Williams KJ (2014) Canon before Canon, Literature before Literature: Thomas Pope Blount and the Scope of Early Modern Learning. Huntington Library Quarterly, 77 (2), pp. 177-199. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/hlq.2014.77.2.177; https://doi.org/10.1525/hlq.2014.77.2.177