Winner of the Ian Campbell Award for Best Overall Teacher in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2016/17
Are you thinking of taking History at university but feeling a wee bit "outside" of things? I direct the university's Sutton Trust Summer School's History programme - get in touch!
I completed my PhD at the University of Toronto and joined the School in 2008. I have held fellowships at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine (London), the Houghton Library (Harvard), and at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Edinburgh). I am an associate of the Centre for the History of the Book, and am on the Advisory Committee of JISC Historical Texts.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Apart from organising research-methods training for graduate students in the School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on eighteenth-century cultural history, print culture, and historical theory. I particularly enjoy teaching first-year undergraduates, and well as my duties as a Personal Tutor for our in-house and visiting students.
This year, I am teaching a professional-training course in 18th-century history for secondary-school teachers, which has been recognised at the Professional Standard for CLPL by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Teachers will use my research to teach the history of the Enlightenment in Scotland among local pupils. I am ridiculously passionate about Widening Participation and am coordinating this School's various WP initiatives.
You can learn more about my Honours-level course in Print Culture: Edinburgh and London, 1709-1814, and read about a hilarious new letter by David Hume that I identified recently at the Beinecke Library at Yale. If you are currently enrolled as a postgraduate here, you can take my second-semester Option course in the history of historical scholarship: History as Romance, Profession, Critique. The seminars in this course are an intellectual highlight of my timetable.
I welcome enquiries from prospective students all all levels who are interested in broadening our understanding of eighteenth-century culture--defined as widely as possible.
I am cross-appointed with the Graduate School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures, and co-supervise doctoral students in History of Art (ECA). I also teach on the PGDE (Secondary) Programme in the Moray School of Education, educating History teachers on topics and sources in 18th century culture.
I am a member of the JISC advisory committee, am Scotland editor of The Scriblerian, and I review for a number of newspapers and journals, including English Historical Review, Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, and The TLS. I am on the organising committee for the upcoming ISECS Congress on the Enlightenment, Edinburgh 2019.
Circulating Enlightenment: primary sources with e-learning modules www.millar-project.ed.ac.uk