MemberMark Steed Richardson

My interests lie chiefly in lyric poetry (American and British), in African-American literature, and in the history of the Reconstruction. I am author of “The Ordeal of Robert Frost: The Poet and the Poetics” (Illinois, 1997), co-editor, with Richard Poirier, of the Library of America’s edition of Frost (1995), editor of “The Collected Prose of Robert Frost” (Harvard, 2007), co-editor of “The Letters of Robert Frost” (Harvard), the first volume of which is due out in January 2014, and editor of “Robert Frost in Context,” due out from Cambridge in 2014.As for lyric poetry: I most often read, assign in classrooms, and write about––as for example in the weblog listed above––17th century British poetry, Emily Dickinson, Frost, Thomas Hardy and Philip Larkin.

MemberKeith Pluymers

I’m an early modern environmental historian researching wood scarcity in 16th and 17th century England and how these fears shaped colonial expansion into the Atlantic World. I teach broad courses on environmental history that mix broad geographic and chronological frameworks with case studies. I’ve taught courses on early modern conservation and sustainability, rivers and human history from the Ancient world to Los Angeles, and doing history in the Anthropocene in addition to introductory courses to early modern Atlantic and American environmental history.

MemberMaria Hayward

I am a professor in Early Modern History at the University of Southampton, where I have worked since 2008. Prior to this I was a member of the Textile Conservation Centre, Winchester School of Art, 1999-2009. My main research interests focus on textiles and clothing in the 16th and 17th centuries but they stretch beyond these boundaries into the late medieval and the 18th century. Having started working on the court of Henry VIII, my interests have extended outwards.

MemberCathy Corbett

I am a PhD candidate at the Courtauld Institute, researching the work of Ossip Zadkine. The working title for my thesis is: “A Russian sculptor abroad: Ossip Zadkine and his works in wood, 1908 – 1940.” I am interested in early twentieth-century sculpture in Britain, France and Russia, the education of sculptors in all three countries, late nineteenth- century sculptural influences, and the importance of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain and Russia. I have also done research on the reception of modernist sculpture in London and Paris in the first decade of the twentieth century.  

MemberNga Bellis-Phan

Nga Bellis-Phan is a Legal Historian specialized in European Early modern Private law and Economic history (16th-19th century). After graduating from law school with a full scholarship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she is now a funded PhD candidate at the Institute of Legal History – University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. She has been a visiting researcher to the Max-Planck-Instituts für europäische Rechtsgeschichte (Frankfurt, Germany) in 2017 and a full-time teaching assistant in Legal History at University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (2014-2016) and University Paris-Nanterre (2017-2019). Her doctoral project, The theoretical and practical Legal History of Pawnbroking, from the 16th century to the 1804 French Civil Code, looks into credit networks and material culture in different social classes of Early Modern France, but also more broadly on the progressive implementation of legal regulations in a growing State to ensure legal security for both creditors and debtors, and to protect the most precarious against fatalities of usury. Since 2015, Nga is also actively involved with MarineLives, a London-based historical research project on 17th century manuscripts of the English High Court of Admiralty using Digital Humanities tools. She presented with Colin Greenstreet some aspects of the project at the DH Benelux 2018 Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2018, she became a trustee of Chronoscopic Education, which serves as the legal basis for MarineLives and its sister projects – Maphackathon, Sign of Literacy and others. Academic interests > European Legal History & Economic History (16th-19th century) Pawnbroking, Credit networks, Movable assets, Securities for debts > Digital Humanities Quantitative analysis, Network analysis, Linked Data/Relational Databases, Data Visualization, GIS/Historical Mapping Full up-to-date CV here.

MemberJohn Mcaleer

I am a historian of the British Empire. My work focuses on the British encounter and engagement with the wider world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, situating the history of empire in its global and maritime contexts. I am interested in the relationships, interactions and patterns of exchange created by the British Empire, and in assessing the impact of these experiences on both British and colonial societies. Before joining the University of Southampton, I was Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. During my time at the museum, I worked on the development and delivery of two gallery projects, focusing on Atlantic and Indian Ocean history respectively. I continue to be interested in the role of material culture and museums in representing the history of empire.

MemberAllison Neal

Victorianist and Neo-Victorianist interested in Victorian Literature, History, Culture and Heritage; Contemporary literature and culture, and particularly its recent negotiations with the Victorian era through neo-Victorian appropriations of the long nineteenth century; the (de)construction of identities and societal roles, adaptation theory, paratexts and their transformations; the relationship between the classes in the past and present as depicted in literature, on film and television, along with Victorian and neo-Victorian pastiche, parody, and satire. My approach to research is interdisciplinary in nature and involves drawing on critical literary analysis, historical evidence, and postmodern theories of interpretation. And I have a cat called Victoria.

MemberKatalin Straner

I am a historian of modern Europe, specialising in the history of science, urban history and the study of translation and reception in the history of ideas. My research interests include the academic and popular reception of Darwinism and evolution in Hungary and Central Europe; the study of knowledge production and transfer in the long nineteenth century; the role of the city and urban culture, including the urban press, in the circulation and transformations of knowledge; the history of scientific societies, associations and institutions; and the effect of migration and exile on knowledge transfer.