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I am Associate Professor of Early Modern History in the Faculty of History and Fellow and Tutor in History at St Hilda’s College.
I specialise in British political and cultural history between 1660 and 1760.
Before coming to Oxford, I studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, taught at Christ’s College, Cambridge and held an RCUK Academic Fellowship at the University of Hull.
For the undergraduate course, I teach outline papers for both first-year students and FHS (years 2 and 3) on periods of British history from 1500 to 1830. For first-year students, I also teach European and World History from 1400-1650, as well as Art and History for the Approaches to History paper and an optional subject on Witch-craft and Witch-hunting in Early Modern Europe. For FHS, I teach two Further Subjects (The Military and Society in Britain and France, c.1650-1815 and Court Culture and Art in Early Modern Europe, 1580-1700) and a Special Subject (English Architecture, 1660-1720). At the graduate level, I supervise doctoral dissertations in British political, cultural, gender and military history, circa 1660-1750.
I work on Britain in the period 1660 to 1760 and, in particular, the history of political culture and the history of gender. I am currently completing a book about armies and political change in Britain between 1660 and 1750. In this field, I have co-edited a work on civilians and war in Europe. My first book explored the politics and culture of the Georgian monarchy, and I continue to work on eighteenth-century court culture (co-editing a new edition of Lord Hervey’s Memoirs of the Reign of King George II). My interest in gender history is reflected in my current work on the early eighteenth-century writer Susanna Centlivre, and I am also involved in research on eighteenth-century libertinism and a project on gender and equestrianism.
‘Court Culture and Godly Monarchy: Henry Purcell and Charles Sedley’s 1692 Birthday Ode for Mary II’, in: Politics, Religion and Ideas in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Mark Goldie ed. Justin Champion, John Coffey, Tim Harris and John Marshall (Boydell, 2019), 219-237.
‘The Hanoverian Succession and the Politicisation of the British Army’, in The Hanoverian Succession: Dynastic Politics and Monarchical Culture, ed. Andreas Gestrich and Michael Schaich (Ashgate, 2015), 207-226
‘Susanna Centlivre, ‘Our Church’s Safety’ and ‘Whig feminism’’, in Religion and Women in Britain, 1660-1960, ed. Sarah Apetrei and Hannah Smith (Ashgate, 2014), 145-161
Religion and Women in Britain, 1660-1760, co-edited with Sarah Apetrei (Ashgate, 2014)
Civilians and War in Europe, 1618-1815, co-edited with Erica Charters and Eve Rosenhaft (Liverpool University Press, 2012)
‘The Army, Provincial Urban Communities, and Loyalist Cultures in England, c.1714-50’, Journal of Early Modern History 15 (2011), 139-58
‘Hephaestion and Alexander: Lord Hervey, Frederick, Prince of Wales, and the Royal Favourite in England in the 1730s’, with Stephen Taylor, English Historical Review 124 (2009), 283-312.