Professor Stana Nenadic (BA, Ph.D. FRHistS)

Professor of Social History and Cultural History


After a first degree in Economic History from Strathclyde University and a PhD in Economic History from the University of Glasgow, I spent a year at the University of Stirling as Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship Studies before appointment to a Lectureship in Social History at Edinburgh. I was Postgraduate Director in the School of History and Classics from 2002 to 2003; Head of Economic and Social History from 2004 to 2007; School Graduate Director from 2009 to 2012.

Prior to my university studies, I spent several years working as a theatrical costume maker/designer.  I also undertake museum consultancies.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Appointed by Royal Warrant to be a Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, 2001-11.

I have been Director of the Pasold Research Fund since January 2016. The Pasold Fund, a registered charity established in 1964, promotes research into textile, fashion and clothing history broadly defined, by giving financial assistance to researchers and museum curators, by organizing and supporting conferences and by publishing a monograph series with OUP and a major journal, Textile History.  See –

Undergraduate teaching

  • Historians Toolkit (1st year)
  • The History of Edinburgh (1st year)
  • Social History 2.1: The Making of the Modern Body (2nd year)
  • Heritage in Britain Since c.1750 [hons option]
  • London Life in the Eighteenth Century [hons option]

Postgraduate teaching

  • The Material Culture of Gender in Eighteenth Century Britain

Current PhD students supervised

Name - Degree - Thesis topic - Supervision type

  •      - PhD - Material and Visual Culture of the Modern Whisky Industry - Primary
  •      - PhD - The Art Market in Nineteenth-Century Britain - Secondary
  •      - PhD - Leisure and transgressive behaviour in Edinburgh c.1740-1820 - Primary
  •      - PhD - The Care Economy in Eighteenth-Century Scotland - Secondary

Past PhD students supervised

Name - Degree- Thesis topic- Supervision type- Completion year

  • Friend, Clare - PhD - The Social Life of Paper 1680-1820 - Primary - 2018
  • Cunnynghame, Daisy - PhD - Dispensaries in Providing for the Sick Poor in Edinburgh c.1780-1820 - Primary - 2020
  • Iida Saarinen - PhD - Belonging’ in a Roman Catholic Seminary in the Nineteenth Century – A Prosopographical Study of Students and Social Identities at ‘Scots College Paris’, 1793-1878 - Primary - 2017
  • Sarah Laurenson - PhD - The Craft, Commerce and Culture of Jewelery in Scotland c.1780-1914 (Part of the Leverhulme funded project ‘Artisans and the Craft Economy in Scotland c.1780-1914) - Primary - 2017
  • Palacz, Michael - PhD - The Polish School of Medicine in Edinburgh since 1941 - Primary - 2016
  • McCaslin, Sarah - PhD - "Great Gathering of the Clans": Scottish Clubs and Societies in Scotland and America, 1750-c.1850' - Joint - 2015
  • Woods, Kathryn - PhD - Bodies and medicine in the 18th century - Joint - 2015
  • Baker, Sonia - PhD - Scots in eighteenth century Grenada: a study of the life and times of Ninian Home (1732-1795), plantation and slave owner - family, friends, networks and other connections (AHRC funded) - Secondary - 2015
  • Duncan, Alison - PhD - Old Maids: Social Relationships and Social Power in the Lives of Never Married Scottish Gentlewomen, 1740 - 1840 - Primary - 2013
  • Bohlmann, Julia - MScR - Trade and labour in the popular press of West Scotland, 1812-35P - rimary - 2012
  • Ledford, Megan - PhD - Women’s didactic literature in Scotland and America, c.1780-1850. - Primary - 2012
  • Wilson, Gaye - PhD - Portraits of Thomas Jefferson - Secondary - 2011
  • Tuckett, Sally - PhD - Weaving the Nation: Scottish Clothing and Textile Cultures in the Long Eighteenth Century - Primary - 2011
  • Paul, Katherin - PhD - Credit and social relations amongst artisans and tradesmen in Edinburgh and Philadelphia, c. 1710-1770 - Secondary - 2010
  • Baker, Sonia - MScR - Scottish Planters in the British West Indies, c. 1763-c.1840. - Secondary - 2010
  • McCaslin, Sarah - MScR - Transplantation of Early Modern Scottish Culture to the Americas in the form of Social Clubs - Secondary - 2010
  • Bucciantini, Alima - PhD - Aura, authenticity and the making of iconic objects in modern museums - Primary - 2009
  • Glover, Katharine - PhD - Elite Women and the Change of Manners in Mid-Eighteenth Century Scotland - Joint - 2007
  • Duncan, Alison - MScR - Old Maids: Social Relationships and Social Power in the Lives of Never Married Scottish Gentlewomen, 1740 - 1840 - Primary - 2007
  • Glover, Katharine - MScR - Elite Women and the Change of Manners in Mid-Eighteenth Century Scotland - Joint - 2003
  • Lamont, Peter - PhD - Magic and miracles in Victorian Britain : framing the phenomena of D.D. Home - Primary - 2003
  • Picton Phillipps, Christina - PhD - Convicts, Communication and Authority: Britain and New South Wales, 1810-1830 - Secondary - 2002
  • Mortimer, Barbara - PhD - Pre-professional nurse in 19th century Scotland -      - 2002
  • Hourston, Laura - PhD - Romantic nationalism and modernity in three national museums. - Secondary - 2002

Research summary


  • Britain & Ireland


  • Material Culture


  • Eighteenth Century
  • Nineteenth Century

Research interests

My research has focused on the social, cultural and economic life of artisans and business owners, the middle ranks, gentry and professionals since the eighteenth century, mainly with reference to Scotland.  I have a parallel interest in the material and visual cultures and economies of the past.  


In 2006/7 I organized a series of public seminars, funded by Scottish Power, on the theme of ‘Enlightenment and Popular Culture’. These are available as podcasts, hosted by the University of Edinburgh at -

Project activity

My recent writing project is a monograph-length study titled Craftworkers in Nineteenth-Century Scotland: Making and Adapting in an Industrial Age, published by EUP in late 2021.

I am currently undertaking full-time Leverhulme-funded research and writing for the project titled 'The Business of Art in Scotland, 1700-1900.'


Research projects

My Royal Society of Edinburgh funded project (2011-13) - a study of the Scottish ‘Turkey red’ printed cotton industry and other decorative textiles c.1800-1950 - was based on the extensive collections of textile pattern books held at the National Museums of Scotland and has generated an online exhibition and catalogue hosted by NMS.  It formed the subject of a REF Impact Case Study. The project website and NMS exhibition can be viewed at –

My recent three year Leverhulme Trust funded project from September 2013 to October 2016, titled ‘Artisans  and the Craft Economy in Scotland c.1780-1914’ included a strong textile crafts dimension.  It generate an online exhibition and catalogue of surviving craftworks and a photographic survey, as well as a contemporary craft engagement strand. The project website can be viewed at -

I currently hold a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2020-22 for a project titled 'The Business of Art in Scotland, 1700-1900'.


Stana Nenadic, Craftworkers in Nineteenth-Century Scotland: Making an Adapting in an Industrial Age (EUP, forthcoming 2021).

Stana Nenadic, Colouring the Nation: The Turkey Red Printed Cotton Industry in Scotland c.1840-1940 (NMS Publications, 2013) [With Sally Tuckett].

Stana Nenadic, Lairds and Luxury: the Highland Gentry in eighteenth century Scotland (John Donald Publishers, 2007) 

Edited books

Stana Nenadic, ed., Craft in the Age of Industry, vol 5 of A Cultural History of Craft series editor Clive Edwards (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2023/4).

Stana Nenadic ed., Scots in London the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell UniversityPress, 2010)

Book chapters and articles

‘Rites, rituals and sites of business, 1650-1820.’ In S. Talbot and C. Rosenthal, eds. A Cultural History of Business in the Age of Enlightenment – Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2021

‘The spatial and social characteristics of craft businesses in Edinburgh’s New Town, c.1780-1850.’ In Clarisse Desmarest, ed, The New Town of Edinburgh. An Architectural Celebration. (Berlinn, Edinburgh, 2019)

‘Selling printed cottons in mid-nineteenth century India. John Matheson of Glasgow and Scottish Turkey red.’ Enterprise and Society, 20.2 (2019) 328-65.

‘Artisans and aristocrats in nineteenth-century Scotland.’ Scottish Historical Review XCV. 2 (2016) pp 203-229.[with S. Tuckett].

Stana Nenadic, ‘Exhibiting India in nineteenth century Scotland and the impact on commerce, industry and design.’ Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 34.1 (2014) pp. 67-89.

Stana Nenadic ‘Gender, craftwork and the exotic in international exhibitions, c. 1880-1914’. In D. Simonton, M. Kaartinen and A. Montenach, eds. Luxury and Gender in European Towns, 1700-1914. (Routledge, London, 2014) pp. 150-70.

Stana Nendic, ‘Designers in the nineteenth-century Scottish fancy textile industry: Education, employment and exhibition.’ Journal of Design History, 27.2 (2014) pp 115-131.

Stana Nenadic, ‘Colouring the Nation: A new study of the Turkey red pattern books in the National   Museums of Scotland.’ Textile History, 40.2 (2012) pp 140-51.  [With S. Tuckett].

Stana Nenadic, 'Architect builders in London and Edinburgh c.1750-1800 and the market for expertise.' Historical Journal, 55.3 (2012) pp. 597-612.

Stana Nenadic, 'Raeburn and the print culture of Edinburgh c.1790-1830: Constructing enlightened and national identities.' In Viccy Coltman and Stephen Lloyd, eds. Henry Raeburn. Context, Reception and Reputation (Edinburgh, EUP, 2012) pp 153-175.

Stana Nenadic, ‘Science or the man? Celebrations of Charles Darwin in 1909 and 2009.’ Review of Scottish Culture [Special Edition: ‘Ethnology and Object-Based Research’] 23 (2011) pp. 118-32. [With A. Bucciantini].

Stana Nenadic, ‘Industrialisation and the Scottish People.’  In T. M. Devine and J. Wormald, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History 1500-2000. (Oxford, OUP, 2011) pp. 405-22.

Stana Nenadic, 'Portraits of Scottish professional men in London c.1760-1830: Careers, connections and reputations. ,' Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies 34(1) (2011): 1-17

Stana Nenadic, 'Writing medical lives: creating posthumous reputations. Dr Matthew Baillie and his family in the nineteenth century,' Social History of Medicine 23(3) (2010): 509-27Stana Nenadic, 'Introduction ' in Scots in London the Eighteenth Century, ed. , (Bucknell University Press, 2010) 13-45

Stana Nenadic, 'Military men, businessmen and the "business" of patronage in eighteenth century London' in Scots in London the Eighteenth Century, ed. , (Bucknell University Press, 2010) 229-252

Stana Nenadic, 'Necessities: clothing and food' in A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1600 to 1800, ed. C Whatley, E Foyster, (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) 137-63

Stana Nenadic, 'Introduction and chapter on 'Military men, businessmen and the business of patronage'' in Scots in London in the 18th Century: Patronage, Culture and Identity, ed. Stana Nenadic, (18th Century Scottish Studies Society and Associated University Press, 2007)

Stana Nenadic, 'Gender and the rhetoric of business success: the impact on women entrepreneurs and the "new woman" in late nineteenth century Edinburgh'. in Nigel Goose, ed. Women's Work in Industrial England: Regional and Local Perspectives (2007), 269-288

Stana Nenadic, 'The impact of the military profession on Highland gentry families, c.1730-1830', Scottish Historical Review, 85 (2006).

Stana Nenadic, ‘The Highlands of Scotland in the first half of the eighteenth century: consuming at a distance’, British Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies 28 (2005), 215-228

Stana Nenadic, ‘Historiens et patrimoine en Grand-Bretagne' [Historians and Heritage in Great Britain], Le Movement Sociale, n. 200 (juillet-septembre 2002), 121-7.

Stana Nenadic, ‘Experience and expectations in the transformation of the Highland gentlewoman, 1680-1820', Scottish Historical Review, 80 (2001), 201-20.

Stana Nenadic, 'Pictures and popular culture in eighteenth century urban Scotland', in Ruth-E. Mohrmann (ed.), Stadtische Volkskulture im 18. Jahrhundert (B.V.K. Wien, 2001).

Stana Nenadic, 'English towns and the creative imagination', in P. Waller (ed.), The English Urban Landscape (Oxford, 2000).

Stana Nenadic, 'Romanticism and the urge to consume in the early nineteenth century’, in M. Berg and H. Clifford (eds.), Consumers and Luxury: Consumer Culture in Europe, 1650-1850 (Manchester, 1999).

Stana Nenadic, 'The Enlightenment in Scotland and the popular passion for portraits’, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 21 (1998), 175-92.

Stana Nenadic, 'The social shaping of business behaviour in the nineteenth-century women's garment trades’, Journal of Social History, 31 (1998), 625-45.

Stana Nenadic, 'Print collecting and popular culture in eighteenth-century Scotland', History, 82 (1997), 203-22.

Stana Nenadic, 'The Victorian middle classes’, in W. Hamish Fraser (ed.), The History of Glasgow, vol. 2 (Manchester, 1996).

Stana Nenadic, 'Land, the landed and the relationship with England: literature and perception, 1760 to 1830’, in R.J. Morris et al. (eds.), Conflict, Identity and Economic Development: Ireland and Scotland, 1600-1939 (Edinburgh, 1995).

Stana Nenadic, 'The middle ranks and modernisation', in T.M. Devine and G. Jackson (eds.), The History of Glasgow, vol. 1 (Manchester, 1995).

Stana Nenadic, 'The family and the small firm in late nineteenth-century Britain', in M. Muller (ed.), The Structure and Strategy of Small and Medium Enterprise (Berlin, 1994).

Stana Nenadic, 'Scottish fiction and the material world in the early nineteenth century', in T.M. Devine (ed.), Industry, Business and Society in Scotland since 1700 (Edinburgh, 1994).

Stana Nenadic, 'Middle rank consumers and domestic culture in Edinburgh and Glasgow, 1720-1840’, Past and Present, 145 (Nov. 1994), 122-56.

Stana Nenadic, 'Museums, gender and cultural identity in Scotland’, Gender and History (Autumn 1994).