Dr Kelsey Williams

Lectureship in Early Modern Literature

English Studies University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Kelsey Williams

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About me

MSt, DPhil (Oxon.), FSAS.

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".

Professional membership

Council Member of the Scottish History Society

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
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”.

Publications Secretary of the Scottish History Society
I am the publications secretary and general editor of the Scottish History Society, Scotland's leading society for the publication of previously unpublished historical texts.

Secretary of the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature
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.

Professional qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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