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Distinguished Professor (Ph.D., Yale University, 1985)

Curriculum vitae

Office: SBS N-331


Interests: Modern British cultural and political history

My scholarship addresses issues of identity and difference in eighteenth-century Britain and its empire. My books include The Sense of the People: Politics, Culture and Imperialism in England, 1715–1785 (1995), The Island Race: Englishness Empire and Gender in the Eighteenth Century (2003); and, as editor, A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity and Modernity in Britain and the Empire 1660–1840 (2004), and Strolling Players of Empire: Theatre, Culture and Modernity in the English Provinces, which explores the politics of theatrical performances and colonial rule in sites across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean worlds (Cambridge University Press, 2016). My current book projects include Admirals as Heroes: Fighting Men and British Masculinities, Rebel Yells: British Radicalisms in the Age of Revolutions; and, as editor, Caribbean Cosmopolis: Global Cities and Citizens in the Age of Sail. page:

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