BA (1st Class Hons.) University of Tasmania
PhD University of Melbourne
DEA (mention très bien) Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Senior Lecturer


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

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, and Cultural 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.


Research Interests

French history, nobilities in Europe, archival theory and practices

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.

A second field of research is agricultural co-operatives and mutual finance for which I draw upon business archives. Here my interests lie in adaptation and innovation in co-operative enterprise, especially in rural areas. 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.

Current Research


Published by Manchester University Press with support from the UK Society for the Study of French History.


• 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.


Research 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)

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Editorial Board member Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques



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Contributions to Journals


  • Macknight, EC. (2017). 'The Catholic nobility’s commitment to écoles libres in France 1850-1905'. Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques, vol 43, no. 3, pp. 18-41.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3167/hrrh.2017.430302
  • Macknight, EC. (2016). 'Dining in aristocratic households of nineteenth-century France: a study of female authority'. Virtus. Journal of Nobility Studies, vol 23, pp. 105-123.
    [Online] AURA: FINAL_Dining_in_aristocratic_households_a_study_of_female_au...
  • Macknight, EC. (2011). 'Archives, Heritage, and Communities'. Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques, vol 37, no. 2, pp. 105-122.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3167/hrrh.2011.370208
  • Macknight, EC. (2009). 'Honor and the Military Formation of French Noblemen, 1870-1920'. Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques, vol 35, no. 3, pp. 95-114.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3167/hrrh.2009.350307
  • Macknight, EC. (2008). 'A 'Theatre of Rule'? Domestic Service in Aristocratic Households under the Third Republic'. French History, vol 22, no. 3, pp. 316-336.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1093/fh/crn028
  • Macknight, EC. (2007). 'Faiths, Fortunes and Feminine Duty. Charity in Parisian High Society 1880-1914'. The journal of ecclesiastical history, vol 58, no. 3, pp. 482-506.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1017/S0022046906008967
  • Macknight, EC. (2007). 'Why Weren't They Feminists? Parisian Noble Women and the Campaigns for Women's Rights in France, 1880-1914'. European Journal of Women's Studies, vol 14, no. 2, pp. 127-141.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1177/1350506807075818
  • Macknight, EC. (2006). 'In Memory of Myriad Selves. The Baronne Mathilde de Mackau (1837-1886)'. Magistra, vol 12, no. 1, pp. 46-72.
  • Macknight, EC. (2005). 'Cake and Conversation. The Women's Jour in Parisian High Society, 1880-1914'. French History, vol 19, no. 3, pp. 342-363.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1093/FH/CRI034

Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Macknight, EC. (2014). 'France in the Age of Organization: Factory, Home and Nation from the 1920s to Vichy. By Jackie Clarke. Berghahn Books. 2011. x + 218pp. £75.00'. History , vol 99, no. 337, pp. 721-2.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/1468-229X.12078_28
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