Hannah Smith
Lecturer in Early Modern History

I am currently undertaking a project on gender and equestrianism


I am a College Lecturer at Trinity. I am also a Tutor and Fellow of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford and a University Lecturer in Early Modern British History. I specialise in British political and cultural history between 1660 and 1750.

Before arriving in Oxford in 2006, I studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, taught at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and was an RCUK Academic Fellow at the University of Hull. I was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2008.


I teach early modern and eighteenth century British History.  


I work on Britain in the period 1660 to 1760 and, in particular, the history of political culture and history of gender. I am currently writing a book about the political and cultural history of the British army from 1660 to 1750. My first book was Georgian Monarchy: Politics and Culture 1714-1760 (Cambridge University Press, 2006, paperback edition 2009), and I continue to pursue an interest in eighteenth-century court culture through work on a new edition of Lord Hervey’s Memoirs of the Reign of King George II, co-edited with Stephen Taylor. My interest in gender history is reflected in my work on the early eighteenth-century writer Susanna Centlivre, and research on eighteenth-century aristocratic libertinism.

Selected Publications

  • Susanna Centlivre, ‘Our Church‘s Safety’ and ‘Whig feminism’, in: Religion and Women in Britain, 1660-1760 ed. Sarah Apetrei and Hannah Smith (Ashgate, 2014).
  • Civilians and War in Europe, 1618-1815 co-ed. with Erica Charters and Eve Rosenhaft (Liverpool University Press, 2012, paperback 2014).
  • ‘The Army, Provincial Urban Communities, and Loyalist Cultures in England, c.1714-50’, Journal of Early Modern History 15 (2011), 139-58.
  • ‘Politics, Patriotism, and Gender: the Standing Army Debate on the English Stage, circa 1689-1720’, Journal of British Studies 50 (2011), 48-75. ‘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.
  • ‘”Last of All the Heavenly Birth”: Queen Anne and Sacral Queenship’, Parliamentary History 28 (2009), 137-49.
  • ‘Mary Astell, “A Serious Proposal to the Ladies” (1694) and the Anglican Reformation of Manners in Late-Seventeenth-Century England’, in: Mary Astell: Reason, Gender, Faith ed. Michal Michelson and William Kolbrener (Ashgate, 2007), 31-47.
  • Georgian Monarchy: Politics and Culture, 1714-1760 (Cambridge University Press, 2006, paperback 2009).
  • ‘The Idea of a Protestant Monarchy in Britain, 1714-1760’, Past and Present 185 (2004), 91-118.
  • ‘English “Feminist” Writings and Judith Drake’s “An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex” (1696)’, Historical Journal 44 (2001), 727-47.