PhD Candidate in History, Lancaster University

My areas of interest are early modern social history of England and the Americas, with a particular focus on the seventeenth-century. Areas of interest include emotions, life-cycle and ritual, spaces, family, relationships and gender. My source material includes material culture, diaries, correspondence, court papers and literature.

My thesis is a critical analysis of heterosexual love in the seventeenth-century, covering England and the Americas. The main source body is composed of material culture: love, therefore, has been constructed by three-dimensional sources, alongside the more traditional, yet invaluable, written sources, such as diaries and letters. I aim to understand how men and women loved one another and to determine the emotional complexity of love in the seventeenth-century, and of the people themselves.

I taught for the first three years of my PhD. This was as a seminar tutor/associate lecturer on the department's Hist100 course. This was a broad study of history and the writing of it, covering topics from Viking invasions to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Candidate in History, Lancaster University