I am a Visiting Lecturer in the University of Edinburgh’s History of Art department, where I received my PhD in 2016. From January 2019 I will be a Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Postdoctoral Fellow. I was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and I have held short-term research fellowships at Yale Center for British Art, the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, the Huntington Library and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
My research focuses on visual and material culture in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and North America. I am currently revising my doctoral thesis for publication as a monograph exploring the role of emotions and social relations in the material culture of the eighteenth-century home, as well as working on my postdoctoral research project on collage made between 1660 and 1912. My monograph, Domestic Space in Britain, 1750-1840: Materiality, Sociability and Emotion, c.1750-1840, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic. I have a book chapter ‘Taste à-la-mode: consuming foreignness, picturing gender’ in the edited volume Materializing Gender in Eighteenth-Century Europe (J. Germann & H. Strobel, eds. Ashgate Publishing, 2016), and my articles ‘Craft(ing) Narratives: Specimens, Souvenirs, and “Morsels” in A la Ronde’s Specimen Table’ and ‘Reflective and Reflexive Forms: Intimacy and Medium Specificity in British and American Sentimental Albums, 1800-1860‘, were recently published in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and Journal 18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, respectively. I have an article on Sontagian campness in macaroni prints forthcoming in ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830, and I recently submitted another on gendered representations of needlework in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Finally, I am in the process of co-editing (with Dr Katie Faulkner of the Courtauld Institute of Art) a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies on craft and masculinity in the long nineteenth century, due for publication in November 2018.
I am currently pursuing several avenues of postdoctoral research. The first project, ‘Collage before Modernism’ examines the complex relationship between emotion, identity, and the production of collage in Britain and North America between 1660 and 1912, using this analysis to explore key art historical ideas such as periodization, medium, and genre. If you would like to know more about this project, I have explored some of its initial issues and themes through my Association for Art History 2016 Annual Conference session The (After) Lives of Things: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Material Culture; my research on the commonplace books of Ellen Warter; the Collage, Montage, Assemblage: Collected and Composite Forms, 1700-Present conference; my Association for Art History 2019 Annual Conference session Modern(ist) objects? The objet trouvé in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and my Journal 18 article. To date, the project has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale Center for British Art, the Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library, the British Association of Romantic Studies, the British Association for Victorian Studies, the Huntington Library, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Scottish Society for Art History, which have allowed me to conduct vital primary research for its completion.
I am also developing projects on corpulence in the long eighteenth century; on artistic identity in eighteenth-century Britain; on the sculpture of Eleanor Coade; and on the materiality of Anna Seward’s poetry.
I currently teach in the History of Art department of the University of Edinburgh, and have previously taught in its History, Architectural History, and Celtic and Scottish Studies departments. In 2016 and 2017 I taught on the Sutton Trust’s History Summer School at the University of Edinburgh, and from 2013-16 on the University of Ohio’s Summer School, also based at the University of Edinburgh.
From 2015-2017 I co-convened Edinburgh’s Eighteenth-Century Research Seminars, and I have organised and convened several conferences and events at the University of Edinburgh; on behalf of the Association of Art Historians’ Student Members Committee; and sessions at the Association of Art Historians’ annual conference. Most recently, I co-organised the conference ‘Collage, Montage, Assemblage: Collected and Composite Forms, 1700-Present’, which will be held at the University of Edinburgh in April 2018. The conference website is available here.
I am a regular contributor to the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies’ ‘Criticks’ page, and I have written peer-reviewed book and exhibition reviews for West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, the Journal of Victorian Culture online, the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and the Women’s Studies Group 1558 – 1837.
Finally, I recently joined the Association for Art History’s Doctoral and Early Career Network Project Board, serving as an Early Career Representative. If you have ideas about how better to support postgraduate and early career art historians, please get in touch.