Krysten Blackstone

Thesis title: The Hardest Conflict: Morale and Identity in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, 1775-1783


Krysten, a native of Northern Maine, is in the second year of her doctoral studies at the Unviersity of Edinburgh, where she also completed her MA and MSc.  Her thesis is entitled 'The Hardest Conflict: Morale and Identity in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, 1775-1783'.


MA(Hons) History - University of Edinburgh (2011-2015),  Dissertation: 'Let them Call Me Rebel': Thomas Paine's The American Crisis as Revolutionary Propaganda

MSc American History - University of Edinburgh (2015-2016), Dissertation: 'It is Yet Too Soon to Write the History of the Revolution: The Memorialisation of Thomas Paine in the United States.’


Responsibilities & affiliations

Pubs and Publications - Chair; Scottish Association for the Study of America - Social Media Secretary;  Past Tense: Graduate Review of History - External Editor

Year representative for Staff Student Liaison Committee at The University of Edinburgh;  Year representative for Postgraduate Part-Time Tutor Committee at The University of Edinburgh;  Undergraduate Studies Committee Representative at The University of Edinburgh; Equality and Diversity Committee Representative at The University of Edinburgh

Undergraduate teaching

Making of the United States

Modern United States History 

Global Connections since 1450

Current research interests

My current research focuses on soldiers during the Revolutionary War. I am particularly interested in morale during the conflict, and its connections to national identity.

Past research interests

My previous research has been focused primarily on Thomas Paine, his works and legacy. I have written on his pamphlet series 'The Crisis Papers' as well as the memorialization of Paine in the United States, 1825-2000.

Current project grants

Virginia Historical Society's 2019 Mellon Research Fellowship and a Residential Fellowship at The David Library of the American Revolution

Past project grants

Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Fellowship at the Society of the Cincinnati; James C. Rees Fellow on the Leadership of George Washington at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon; Jeffrey Grey Memorial Travel Grant from the Society for Military History to attend their 2018 conference in Louisville, Kentucky; North American Postgraduate Studies Award from The Eccels Centre for American Studies at the British Library.