Spotlight on Sarah Easterby-Smith
November 30, 2012 1 Comment
Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith joined the School of History in September 2012 as a Lecturer in Modern History, after being Dibner Research Fellow in the History of Science and Technology, Huntington Library, California; Visiting Fellow at the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University; Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute; and Early Career Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. Dr Easterby-Smith was awarded her Ph.D. by the University of Warwick in 2010.
Dr Easterby-Smith teaches and researches modern European history, with a special interest in the global connections and transnational links made between France, Britain and the wider world in the eighteenth century. Her research focuses on the relationship between science, society and culture during this period, and on how information, knowledge and cultural influences moved (or failed to move) between nations and across social groups.
She is currently completing a monograph, Cultivating Commerce, which is a social history of botany in France and Britain between 1760 and 1815. Through an examination of networks of botanical scholars, plant traders and their customers, the book exposes the close connections between botany and an expanding plant trade, and with shifting cultures of connoisseurship, in the late eighteenth century.
Below: Video of Sarah Easterby-Smith teaching a group of colleagues at the European University Institute in 2011. This is part of from an undergraduate seminar about nature and modernity.
Dr Easterby-Smith teaches at first and second level, as well as the honours option MO3321 Politics, culture and society in the French Revolution, 1789-1815 and the masters module MO5710: Crossing borders – European History in Transnational Perspective.
For more on Dr Easterby-Smith go to http://www.mwpweb.eu/SarahEasterby-Smith/ and http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/staff/saraheasterbysmith.html