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Research Interests

My research focuses on the cultural history of science. It also touches on the history of leisure and education and the history of animals. I am interested in the collection and display of the natural world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, specifically exotic fauna, and in the figurative and pedagogic functions of museums, zoological gardens and itinerant menageries. My work explores these establishments as sites for learning, scientific study and popular entertainment. I am concerned with how natural knowledge is formulated, mediated and disseminated, and the ways in which institutions such as zoos can foster imperial, national or civic identities. I am also interested in changing perceptions of animals and their welfare.

Polar Bear, London Zoo

Main Supervisor:

Professor Tony McFarlane

Co-supervisor advisor:

Dr. Rebecca Earle