I am a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews.

I teach and research modern European history, with a special interest in the global connections and transnational links made between France, Britain and the wider world in the eighteenth century.  My research focuses on the relationship between science, society and culture during this period, and on how information, knowledge and cultural influences moved (or failed to move) between nations and across social groups.

I am currently completing my monograph, Cultivating Commerce, which is a social history of botany in France and Britain between 1760 and 1815.  Through an examination of networks of botanical scholars, plant traders and their customers, the book exposes the close connections between botany and an expanding plant trade, and with shifting cultures of connoisseurship, in the late eighteenth century.

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