About our staff
Dr Adam Budd
PhD, FRHistS, SFHEA
Lecturer; Cultural History
- Co-Chair, University WP Practitioners Group
- Co-Director, History for Schools; Leader, HfS Edinburgh Award
- Director, Global Partnership with Salaam Baalak Trust
- Member, School Equality and Diversity Committee
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)
Other affiliated schoolsLLC
Affiliated research centresScottish 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 also teach 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.
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 first-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.
On a national level, in 2018 I was elected a member of Council, Royal Historical Society, and co-authoring our report on Race and Ethnic Equality, to be published later this year. Contact me to learn about our efforts to ensure fairness and fair representation within and beyond the historical profession.
I also am a member of the Advisory Committee for JISC Historical Texts, 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!
Circulating Enlightenment: primary sources with e-learning modules www.millar-project.ed.ac.uk