New fellows appointed to the ISHR Visiting Research Fellowship 2016-17

The ISHR is delighted to announce that in 2016-17 the ISHR will host two Visiting Research Fellows in the autumn term, Dr Michelle D. Brock from Washington and Lee University, Virginia, and Dr Valerie Wallace from the Victoria University, New Zealand.

Brock_Facultyphoto.jpgDr Michelle D. Brock is an Assistant Professor of British History at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Her research interests centre on religious belief and identity in early modern Scotland. Dr Brock’s first book, Satan and the Scots: The Devil in Post-Reformation Scotland, c.1560-1700, was published with the St Andrews Studies in Reformation History series (Routledge, 2016). She is the author of articles in the Journal of British Studies and Critical Survey, as well as a number of editorials connecting history and pedagogy to current events.

While at the ISHR, Dr Brock will be working on project titled Hearing is Believing: The Social Life of Sermons in Early Modern Scotland. This project explores the personal experience and communal event of sermon-going in Scotland from the Reformation through the seventeenth century. Put simply, this work seeks to understand how attending, hearing, and reading regular sermons informed daily lives, social relationships, political convictions, and identities in early modern Scotland. As part of this research, she will be using St. Andrew’s collection of manuscript sources, including sermons, sermon notebooks, diaries, and commonplace books. Dr Brock will also present her research to staff and postgraduate students in the ISHR and Reformation Studies Institute during her fellowship in St Andrews.

26070_REC009 (1).jpgDr Valerie Wallace lectures at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Dr Wallace is a historian of Scotland, Britain and the settler colonies of Britain’s empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is interested in the history of political thought and the intersection of religion and radical politics.

While based at St Andrews Dr Wallace will be working on her current book project, Empire of Dissent: Scottish Presbyterianism and Reform Politics in the British World,1820-1850, which aims to transform our understanding of colonial radicalism by documenting the explosive but uncharted influence of Scottish Presbyterian political ideas. The project explores the political careers of five significant, but under-researched, colonial reformers: Thomas McCulloch (1776-1843), a missionary in Nova Scotia; Thomas Pringle (1789-1834), a poet in the Cape Colony; John Dunmore Lang (1799-1878), a church minister in New South Wales; William Lyon Mackenzie (1795-1861), a journalist in Upper Canada; and Samuel McDonald Martin (1805?-1848), a journalist in New Zealand. The project will analyse their connection to a denominational network, uncovering the hitherto neglected history of the Scottish Presbyterian dissenting churches in the British Empire.

The ISHR is also delighted to announce that we will host Dr Steve Boardman, Reader in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh, as Visiting Scholar during the academic year 2016-17.

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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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