Research Spotlights

Here you can information about the kinds of research being undertaken by our postgraduate students.

Each ‘Research Spotlight’ offers an overview research that is currently being undertaken – either as part of an MA dissertation or for a PhD thesis – before going on to explore one aspect of that research in detail. Spotlights come in all shapes and sizes, but they most commonly take the form of a discussion of a research trip, recount time in the archives, or offer an opportunity to explore a line of enquiry that offers a sideline view of the project as a whole.


SupervisorThesis Title
Kurt BairdDr Jasper HeinzenFighting for the Habsburgs: Community, Patriotism and the Kaiserlich-königliche Armee during the wars against France, 1792-1818
Sharon ChoeProf. Jon MeeDeformed, Dismembered, Disembodied: Re-inventing the Body Politic in William Blake
Caitlin Kitchener Dr. Jon Finch ‘Unite and Be Free’: The Historical Archaeology of British Political Radicalism, c. 1815-1822. 
Cheng LiProf. Miles TaylorPursuing a noble dream of legal codification: Jeremy Bentham’s law reform strategies, 1808-1832
Elizabeth PotterProf. Jon MeeWilliam Blake, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Annotation
Millie SchurchDr Mary FaircloughWomen, Empiricism, and Epistolarity, 1740-1810
Lilian TaboisDr Emma MajorBritish Women’s Travel Writing to Latin America and Historiography, 1820-1850

MA dissertations

Kathryn Holdsworth Gossip in late eighteenth-century adultery trials