Non-elite women’s engagement with the production, use and consumption of scientific knowledge, 1740-1810.
My thesis addresses the ways in which women of the middling and lower sort encountered and shaped the making and consumption of natural knowledge in the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth century. It examines their quotidian engagement with scientific process, both in the context of work and as an aspect of polite knowledge, and considers the impact of women interlocutors, readers, writers and audience members on the construction of popular science.
My broader research interests include newspapers and newspaper culture in eighteenth century Jamaica; women, work and material objects in the long century and the impact of gender and religion on eighteenth century ideas of embodiment. I am also interested in the interface between archives and the public, and I am currently working on ways of animating a selection of late 1940s mass observation-style interviews, the source material for Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree’s study English Life and Leisure (1951), as part of a Jane Moody Scholarship.
Member of the CECS Postgraduate Forum organising group.