Dr Elizabeth Macknight

Dr Elizabeth Macknight
Dr Elizabeth Macknight

Dr Elizabeth Macknight


Senior Lecturer


School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History
King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3FX
Room: Crombie Annexe 214

Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History


Dr Elizabeth Macknight is an Australian writer and historian of France. Her postgraduate degrees were completed with a Melbourne Research Scholarship and a Bourse de Troisième Cycle from the French Government. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and recipient of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Scottish Crucible prize.



External Memberships

Editor, Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques


Research Overview

My principal field of research is the history of European nobilities. The questions that most interest me as a historian have to do with gender, power, and emotions. My publications in this field are based upon investigation in the private archives of noble families located in all parts of France. I write mostly about the post-1789 period, but the nature of the archival work I do involves handling documents produced from the Middle Ages to the late twentieth century. These archival sources, and the subject of nobility itself, challenge me to think frequently about medieval and early modern contexts as well as about contemporary ones.

Between 2010 and 2016 I undertook funded research on European co-operative businesses, with a particular focus on the agricultural sector, and mutual finance. My interests here lie in adaptation and innovation in co-operative enterprise, especially in rural areas. The research was supported by two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. My work with co-operative businesses and development bodies, in Europe and abroad, has resulted in books and e-learning materials, public engagement events, conferences, and film making for the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.

Research Areas

Research Specialisms

  • European History
  • Archives and Records Management
  • French History

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Past Research

Published by Manchester University Press in collaboration with the UK Society for the Study of French History

Reviewed in Journal of Social History, Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, English Historical Review, Clio: Femmes, Genre, Histoire, Cultural History, and H-France.


Published by Manchester University Press in collaboration with the UK Society for the Study of French History

Reviewed in European History Quarterly, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, H-France, Revista Portuguesa de História, H-War, and Journal of Modern History.

Short-listed for the Franco-British Society Literary Award 2018.


• 2013-16 Lead academic for the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society Limited-University of Aberdeen: to embed a capability enabling SAOS to establish new financial intermediaries for UK agricultural/food communities providing direct access to affordable, ethical financial services.

Sponsored by InnovateUK and the Scottish Funding Council.

• 2010-12 Lead academic for the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Co-operative Education Trust Scotland-University of Aberdeen: to promote understanding of co-operative, mutual, and employee-owned business models within tertiary education, filling the current gap and broadening CETS’s offering to the education sector.

Sponsored by the Scottish Government and the Economic and Social Research Council. Nominated for Britain's 2013 KTP Best Partnership Awards.


Funding and Grants

£0.33million grant income at Aberdeen.

2013-16 Principal Investigator for KTP009365 - £183.6k.

For the period 2007-11 Principal Investigator for various grants including KTP007897 (£108.9k), Commercialisation Award (£7,160) and Research Grant from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (£2,470)


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  • Queer Lives: Men’s Autobiographies from Nineteenth-Century France. Translated, edited and with an introduction by William A. Peniston and Nancy Erber. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press. 2007. xix + 270 pp.

    Macknight, E. C.
    French History, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 299-301
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • A Touch of Distinction: Furnishing French Aristocratic Homes in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

    Macknight, E. C.
    Material Women, 1750-1950. Fowkes Tobin, B., Daly Goggin, M. (eds.). Ashgate, pp. 75-91, 16 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Honor and the Military Formation of French Noblemen, 1870-1920

    Macknight, E. C.
    Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 95-114
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A 'Theatre of Rule'? Domestic Service in Aristocratic Households under the Third Republic

    Macknight, E. C.
    French History, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 316-336
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Faiths, Fortunes and Feminine Duty. Charity in Parisian High Society 1880-1914

    Macknight, E. C.
    Journal of Ecclesiastical History, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 482-506
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Why Weren't They Feminists? Parisian Noble Women and the Campaigns for Women's Rights in France, 1880-1914

    Macknight, E. C.
    European Journal of Women's Studies, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 127-141
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • In Memory of Myriad Selves. The Baronne Mathilde de Mackau (1837-1886)

    Macknight, E. C.
    Magistra, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 46-72
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Cake and Conversation. The Women's Jour in Parisian High Society, 1880-1914

    Macknight, E. C.
    French History, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 342-363
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Aristocratic Affairs. Bringing Gender into Historical Research on the Nobility

    Macknight, E. C.
    Women in Research Conference Proceedings. Central Queensland University, pp. 1-10, 10 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Melbourne University Credit Union: Past, Present, and Future

    Macknight, E. C.
    University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria. 40 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
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