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Dr Adam Budd


Lecturer; Cultural History


Contact information
Address: Room 2.19, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 3834
Office hours: Wednesdays, 12.30 to 1.30 p.m., and by appointment

Winner of the Ian Campbell Award for Best Overall Teacher in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2017

Councillor, Royal Historical Society (2018-22)

Co-author: RHS Report on Race and Ethnic Equality in UK History

Other affiliated schools
Affiliated research centres
Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies

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). Despite the passing years, I still can't quite believe that my desk is just a stone's throw away from a world-class copyright library, whose roots lie in 1682, and where David Hume served as Keeper during the 1750s. This period marks my primary areas of teaching and research. 

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and mentor applicants for fellowship through the Edinburgh Teaching Award. I also teach on the PGDE (Secondary) Programme in the Moray House School of Education. I am an associate of the Centre for the History of the Book, and am on the Advisory Committee of JISC Historical Texts

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 my duties as a Personal Tutor for our in-house and visiting students.

I am ridiculously passionate about Widening Participation and am leading our Global Partnership with Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO for current and former street children in Delhi. 

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 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.

External appointments

I am Scotland editor of The Scriblerian and the Kit Kats, and I review for a number of publishers, newspapers and journals, including Routledge, Cambridge UP, 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, which will bring around 1300 delegates to our city. Get in touch if you would like to get involved!

Useful Links

Circulating Enlightenment: primary sources with e-learning modules