Teaching

At Princeton University, I regularly deliver series of undergraduate lectures on Britain between 1688-1815 and 1815-1945. I also teach junior seminars on travel and travel writing in the 18th century, and on history and life-writings. I often offer a two semester graduate seminar on British history in European, imperial and global contexts post-1700, and have also co-taught graduate seminars with Daniel Rodgers on British and American empire in comparison and context, and with David Bell on Britain and France in the long 18th century.

Together with David Bell and Jonathan Israel, I run a senior seminar on new research in the 18th century that meets at the Institute of Advanced Study and at the Department of History at Princeton. Along with Rana Mitter of Oxford University, I’m also running a series of seminars over three years, meeting at our respective Universities, and organized around the theme of “Political Membership: Global Histories”

I currently supervise eight graduate students. Here is a list of former graduate students who have worked mainly with me and the titles of their completed dissertations

Paul Kleber Monod, “For the king to enjoy his own again: Jacobite political culture in England 1688-1788” (Yale, 1985)

Kathleen Wilson, “The rejection of deference: urban political culture in England 1715-1785” (Yale, 1985)

Jan M.Albers, “Seeds of contention: society, politics and the Church of England in Lancashire 1689-1790” (Yale, 1988)

Jeffrey Auerbach, “Exhibiting the nation: British national identity and the Great Exhibition of 1851” (Yale, 1995).

James J.Caudle, “Measures of allegiance: sermon culture and the creation of a public discourse of obedience and resistance in Georgian Britain 1714-60” (Yale, 1995)

Jennifer L.Hall, “The refashioning of fashionable society: opera-going and sociability in Britain 1821-1861” (Yale, 1996)

Susie L. Steinbach, “Promises, promises: not marrying in England, 1780-1920” (Yale, 1996)

Stephanie L.Barczewski, “‘Nations make their own gods and heroes’: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood in British Political Culture, 1789-1901” (Yale, 1996)

Bruce P.Smith, “Circumventing the jury: petty crime and summary jurisdiction in London and New York city 1790-1855” (Yale, 1996)

J.A.Eglin, “Venice in the British political imagination, 1660-1797” (Yale, 1996)

Andrew Jacobson, “Power and Urban Space in London and Paris, 1790-1830” (Yale, 1998)

Maya Jasanoff, “French and British imperial collecting in Egypt and India, 1780-1820” (Yale, 2002)

Jason T.Sharples, “The Flames of Insurrection: Fearing Slave Conspiracy in Early America, 1670-1780” (Princeton, 2010)

Hannah Weiss-Muller, “An Empire of Subjects: Unities and Disunities in the British Empire, 1760-1790” (Princeton, 2010)

Christienna Fryar, “The Measure of Empire: Crisis and Responsibility in Post-Emancipation Jamaica” (Princeton, 2011)

William Deringer, “Calculated Values: The Politics and Epistemology of Economic Numbers in Britain, 1688-1738” (Princeton, 2012, with Professor Michael Gordin)

Padraic Scanlan, “MacCarthy’s Skull: The abolition of the slave trade in Sierra Leone, 1790-1823” (Princeton, 2013)