Most of my research has been into women's and gender history, in both France and Scotland, with publications such as Britannica's Typesetters: women compositors in Edwardian Edinburgh (1989); France between the Wars: gender and politics (1996), and the first edition of the Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (2005). Having gone back to my original love, eighteenth-century France, my current research is into the families of the French revolutionaries (chapter on "Revolutionary parents and children" forthcoming).
Publications: (since retirement)
2006: ‘Mistresses of creation: women as producers and consumers of art since 1700’, in Deborah Simonton ed., The Routledge History of Women in Europe since 1700, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 341-379.
2007: Paris-Edinburgh: cultural connections in the belle époque, Farnham: Ashgate 2007 [shortlisted for Saltire History Prize 2007].
2008: ’Les dictionnaires biographiques et les femmes. Du coté des Anglo-Saxonnes’, Clio: Histoire, Femmes et Société, no. 28, 2008, pp. 261-274.
2012: ‘Patrick Geddes, Paul Desjardins and the Décades de Pontigny’, in Journal of ScottishThought, 5, pp. 17-26, [co-authored with David Steel].
2012: Marriage and Revolution: Monsieur and Madame Roland, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. [Winner, R.H. Gapper Book Prize 2012-13]
2015: ‘Comment peut-on être féministe? Les femmes des années 1930 face aux tensions internationales, ’ in Christine Bard, ed. Les Féminismes de la première vague, Rennes: PUR, pp. 217-225.
2018 (co-editor, with Elizabeth Ewan, Jane Rendall and Rose Pipes, and author of introduction) : The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.