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Associate Professor in 18th-century Literature, York St John University

I am a Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at York St John University and co-director of the York Research Unit for the Study of Satire.

I work on eighteenth-century political print culture, looking at cheap print, newspapers periodicals and other printed ephemera.

At present, I am working on Whig literary culture from the dawn of the eighteenth century and regional works of protest produced in Yorkshire during the revolutionary 1790s. The latter involves many different forms of literature produced by James Montgomery: a protest poet, political prisoner, hymn-writer, abolitionist and lesser-known Romantic.

Working with Dr Jo Waugh, I am also Co-Lead on 'Satire: Deaths, Births, Afterlives', a project historicising recent claims that satire is dead. Together, Adam and Jo also host the podcast 'Smith & Waugh Talk About Satire.'

I am Editor of Criticks, the online review hub for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and I am Co-Lead Educator on 'The Literature of the English Country House', a Massive Open Online Course managed by the University of Sheffield.


  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature, York St John University
  • 2018–2020
    Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature, York St John University
  • 2015–2018
    Lecturer in Literature and Liberal Arts, York St John Unviersty
  • 2014–2017
    Honorary Research Fellow, Sheffield University
  • 2011–2016
    Teaching Associate (Literature), Sheffield University


  • 2014 
    University of Sheffield, PhD
  • 2010 
    University of Sheffield, MA (Eighteenth-Century Studies)
  • 2009 
    University of Sheffield , BA (Hons)


  • 2017
    Property, Politics and Patriotism: The Figure of the “Freeholder” in Eighteenth-Century Partisan Print, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • 2016
    Poetry, Conspiracy and Radicalism in Sheffield,

Professional Memberships

  • British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy