Postgraduate Spotlight: Amy Eberlin

postgraduate spotlight pictureOriginally from Toronto, Amy has spent the last six and a half years living internationally. Her university education has taken her from a small town in central Ohio to Aberdeen before, finally, settling in St Andrews. Studying for her PhD was not part of her original “plan,” but you know what they say about the best laid plans…

Amy’s love for history began at a young age. Her schooling was littered with projects about important historical figures from Florence Nightingale to Eleanor of Aquitaine. While she enjoyed history, Amy entered Denison University in 2007 as an International Studies and Communications double major. This did not last long. In the second semester of her first year, Amy took a class on twentieth century history through literature. She was a goner. The next three years were filled with every history class that she could get into, particularly medieval European and modern African history classes. As a product of her liberal arts education, Amy’s research interests ranged from the socio-political identity of religious military orders in medieval England and France to the efficacy of judicial systems in post-genocide Rwanda. Shortly after she completed her BA in History with a minor in Sociology/Anthropology in May 2011, she began a MLitt in Medieval Studies in Aberdeen.

She attained her MLitt in Medieval Studies in 2012 under the supervision of Dr Jackson Armstrong. While at the University of Aberdeen, Amy developed an interest in the social and political history of fifteenth century Scotland. This enthusiasm for late medieval Scottish history led her to the University of St Andrews in 2012 and the Institute of Scottish Historical Research (ISHR).

Amy’s doctoral project is part of the Scotland and Flemish Peoples Project. Her research is supervised by Dr Katie Stevenson. Her thesis argues that there was no substantial Flemish settlement in Scotland after 1347, as has previously been thought, and instead sophisticated networks of Scots with interests in Flanders emerged to deal with the increasing volume of trade and diplomacy between the two regions. This thesis will contribute to the limited historiography on late medieval Scotto-Flemish relations and, more generally, on Scottish diplomacy in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

A fifteenth century document from the reign of James III.

A fifteenth century document from the reign of James III.

In addition to her research, Amy is the ISHR Intern, co-section editor for the Bibliography of British and Irish History (IHR), tutor on ME1006: Scotland and the English Empire (1070-1500), and is working on both a blog and a workshop for the Scotland and the Flemish Peoples Project. She has presented part of her MLitt research at the New Frontiers Conference at York University (Canada) and will be presenting papers at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Convention (New York City, March) and the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo (May) this year. Amy and her fellow ISHR 2nd year, Liz Hanna, will be giving papers at the last ISHR seminar of this academic year on April 17th. She has also recently been awarded a 2014 Schallek Award by the Medieval Academy of America to support a month-long research trip to Bruges and Middelburg.

Besides her academic interests, Amy loves musicals, crime procedural TV shows, good food and sports. She is a huge fan of softball (having played it competitively) and ice hockey. You might have seen (or heard) her cheering for Canada’s hockey team in the Winter Olympics. Her officemates were subjected to more ice hockey chat than should be acceptable in a two week period. You can find her, more often than not, in the basement office of St Katharine’s Lodge (lovingly termed “The Dungeon”), listening to her music and working through her lists and networks of medieval Scots.

About standrewshistory
With over forty fulltime members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to South Asia. Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching, allowing for in-depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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