Campus: Guelph
Office: 1016 MacKinnon Extension

My current area of research is medieval and early modern Scottish gender history, focusing on the period 1450-1600; I have supervised several MA and PhD theses in this area, as well as others in the more general area of medieval and early modern Scotland.

My early work, Townlife in Fourteenth-Century Scotland (1990, 1992), examined the social history of fourteenth-century towns. Since the late 1990s, I have been working with others to research the history of pre-modern Scottish women and gender. This has resulted in four co-edited essay collections: Women in Scotland c.1100-c.1750 (1999); Finding the Family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland (2008) and Children and Youth in Premodern Scotland (2015), both co-edited with Janay Nugent (PhD, Tri-U/Guelph, 2005); Nine Centuries of Man: Masculinities in Scottish History (2016). A large-scale collaborative project, involving over 270 contributors, was published as The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (2006, 2007), co-edited with S. Innes, S. Reynolds and R. Pipes. A second expanded edition will appear in 2018. With Tri-U PhD students Heather Parker (2013), Jodi Campbell, Sierra Dye (2016) and Alice GlazeĀ  I have co-edited Shaping Scottish Identities: Family, Nation and the Worlds Beyond (2011) and Gender and Mobility in Scotland and Beyond (forthcoming)

Major research projects underway include

  • a study of gender and physical and verbal assault in late fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Scotland, using the legal records of town courts;
  • a biography of an Edinburgh woman, Alison Rough (c.1480-1535);
  • a website, WISH (Women in Scottish History) which offers a bibliography, primary source material and other resources for those interested in exploring the history of Scottish women from the medieval period to the twenty-first century. Several students have been funded to work on this site
  • masculinity in medieval and early modern Scotland.