B.A. (Western); M.A. (Queen's); Ph.D. (York)
Traill College WH 108
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 7197
Early modern Europe, especially England, with a focus on Gender, Childhood and the Military; Crime and Criminal Justice; Plebeian Marriage and Family Life.
Current Research Project
A Monograph on Soldiers’ Interactions with Children in the Eighteenth Century.
- (ed.)Women, Families, and the British Army, 1700-1880, Volume I: From Marlborough’s reforms to the outbreak of war with Revolutionary France. London: Routledge, 2020.
- (ed.)Women, Families, and the British Army, 1700-1880, Volume II: In the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic War Era. London: Routledge, 2020.
- (ed.)Women, Families, and the British Army, 1700-1880, Volume III: In their own accounts of service in the Napoleonic Wars Era. London: Routledge, 2020.
- Marriage and the British Army in the Long Eighteenth Century: The Girl I Left Behind Me. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Oxford Scholarship Online. Oxford University Press. 1 May 2014
- Women’s Roles in Eighteenth-Century Europe. Santa Barbara: Greenwood ABC-Clio, 2010.
- Gender and Petty Violence in London, 1680-1720. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2005.
- "Enslaved by the Uniform: Contemporary Descriptions of Eighteenth-Century Soldiering," War in History (2022), 1-18.
- "Husbands, Sons, Brothers, and Neighbours: Eighteenth-Century Efforts to Maintain Civilian Ties,” Journal of Military History 86, no. 2, (April 2022), 299-320.
- “Girls Playing at Soldiers: Destabilizing the Masculinity of War Play in Georgian Britain,” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 12, no. 1 (July, 2020), 39-62.
- “Maternal Martyrdom Unmasked: British Fatherhood and the Masculinization of War in Napoleonic Veterans’ Tales of Infant Suffering,” Journal of Family History 45, no. 2 (April 2020): 172-190.
- “Elizabeth Digby Pilot: Memoir of an Eighteenth-Century Officer’s Wife During his Service in North America, Part I,” Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research 96, no. 386 (2018): 110-30; and "Part II," no. 387 (2018): 213-30, co-authored with Michelle Arentsen.
- “Habits of Seduction: Accounts of Portuguese Nuns in British Officers’ Peninsular War Memoirs,” Historical Journal 58, no. 3 (September, 2015): 733-756.
- “Youth in the Devil’s Service; Manhood in the King’s: Reaching Adulthood in the eighteenth-century British Army,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 8, no. 2 (Spring 2015), 163-190.
- “Did soldiers really enlist to desert their wives? Revisiting the martial character of marital desertion in eighteenth-century London,” Journal of British Studies 53 (April, 2014): 356-77.
- “Love Tokens: Objects as Memory for Plebeian Women in Early Modern England,” in the Forum on Early Modern Women and Memory, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6 (2011): 181-186.
- “The Fiction of Female Dependence and the Makeshift Economy of Soldiers, Sailors, and their Wives in Eighteenth-Century London,” Labor History 49 (November 2008): 481-501.
- “Insights into Plebeian Marriage: Soldiers, Sailors, and their Wives in the Old Bailey Proceedings,” London Journal 30, no. 1 (2005): 22-38
- “The Westminster Impostors: Impersonating Law Enforcement in Early Eighteenth-Century London,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 38 (2005): 461-483.
- “Policing Male Heterosexuality: The Reformation of Manners’ Campaign Against the Brothels in Westminster, 1680-1720,” Journal of Social History 37 (Summer 2004): 1017-1035.
- “Domestic Violence Prosecuted: Women Binding Over their Husbands for Assault at Westminster Quarter Sessions, 1685-1720” Journal of Family History 26, no. 4 (October, 2001): 435-454.
- “’She being bigg with child is likely to miscarry’: Pregnant Women Prosecuting Assault in London, 1685-1720,” London Journal 24, no. 2 (December 1999): 18-33.
- “’The lowest and most abandoned trull of a soldier’: The Crime of Bastardy in Early Eighteenth-Century London,” in Women, Transgression and Discipline in Early Modern Britain: Social and Literary Explorations, ed. Richard Hillman and Pauline Blanc, (London: Ashgate, 2014), 163-90.
- “’I will forgive you if the world will’: Wife-Murder and limits on Patriarchal Violence in London, 1690-1750,” in Violence, Politics, and Gender in Early Modern England, ed. Joseph Patrick Ward (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 223-248.
- With Sonya Lipsett-Rivera, “’Spiralling out of Control?’ Female Violence in Eighteenth-Century London and New Mexico,” in Assaulting the Past: Violence and Civilization in Historical Context, ed. Katherine D. Watson (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), 179-202.