PhD, History of Art, University of York
MA, History of Art, University of York
BA (Hons), English and History of Art, University of York
I arrived at the University of Aberdeen in September 2010 as a Teaching Fellow in History of Art, having previously been employed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of York's Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. I was appointed as Lecturer in British Art in June 2012. I've also held research fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC and the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Internal Memberships and Affiliations
School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, Student Journey Lead
History of Art Student Engagement and Employability Officer
History of Art Library Representative
History of Art Social Media Officer
Elected member of the University Senate, 2014-18
I carry out research into British art of the early modern period (c.1550-1750), with a particular focus on the interplay between printed images, propaganda and polemic across the seventeenth century. My monograph Unseemly Pictures: Graphic Satire and Politics in Early Modern England redresses an established art historical bias privileging genres such as elite portraiture over printed media, and challenges the presence of a pervasive 'iconophobia' in post-Reformation English culture.
Most recently, I've contributed chapters to edited collections on popular prints in Shakespearean England, and on the amateur artist William Lodge (1649-89), and have also written about the use of printed images as propaganda during the Exclusion Crisis of the 1680s. I'm now working on two projects: a history of British political caricature, from the seventeenth-century to the present day, and a study examining the artistic activities and cultural networking of the late seventeenth-century group known as the 'York Virtuosi'.
Francis Barlow, The Brutish Combatants, engraving, 1679-80. Credit: Wellcome Collection, CC BY
Research Funding and Grants
2015 Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Research Support Grant
2008 Institute for Historical Research, Scouloudi Historical Award
2007 Huntington Library, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
2006 Folger Shakespeare Library, Short-Term Fellowship
2005 Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Postdoctoral Fellowship
2000-2003 Arts and Humanities Reseach Board Doctoral Award
During the second semester of the 2018-19 academic year, I will be on research leave. My usual teaching responsibilities include:
HA1004 Introduction to Art History (course convenor)
HA1508 Modern Art
HA2009 Cathedrals to Caravaggio
HA2509 Making Masterpieces: Six Works in Context
HA2806 In the Flesh: Art on Location (course convenor)
HA3012/HA4012 Art and Society in Eighteenth-Century England (course convenor)
HA3079 Critical Perspectives in Art History
HA3082/HA4082 Painting in Tudor and Early Stuart England (course convenor)
HA3085/HA4085 Art and Politics in Early Modern Britain (course convenor)
HA3088 Fieldwork 1
HA5032 Art and Business core course
***Winner of the 'Fantastic Feedback' category and nominated for 'Innovative Teaching' in the 2010/11 University of Aberdeen Student-Led Teaching Awards.***
I also welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students looking to carry out doctoral research in the visual arts of early modern Britain.
Together with Professor John Morrison, I am currently supervising Wendy McGlashan's PhD on the Edinburgh barber and self-taught artist John Kay (1742-1826), funded by a Carnegie Scholarship. You can find out more about Wendy's research here.