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Past Staff

Professor Karen O'Brien (English): Karen was co-director of the Centre and, although she is now a PVC at Birmingham University, still retains close links with the Centre. She is the author of, amongst other works, Narratives of Enlightenment: Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon (Cambridge, 1997) and Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge, 2009).
Dr Phillippa Plock (Leverhulme Research Fellow) temporary Curator of Fine Art at Waddesdon Manor. Works on seventeenth-century French and Italian art, particularly the social uses of imagery. Catalogued the collection of European trade cards held at Waddesdon Manor whilst Leverhulme Research Fellow in the Centre.
Dr Marie Thebaud-Sorger (Marie Curie Intra European Fellow) the research project focused on the social consequences of the spread of a "technical culture" in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The aim was an understanding of the ways in which the dissemination of useful knowledge depended upon lay support and participation, which was expressed, for instance, through the rise of subscriptions for technical devices and schemes.
Dr Alicia Weisberg-Roberts, Research Fellow, March 2005 – July 2006, working on the Waddesdon-Warwick Leverhulme-funded project, ‘Selling Consumption in the Eighteenth Century: Advertising and the Trade Card’. Established database for cataloguing and organised seminar.
Dr Elizabeth Eger, 3-year Luxury fellow from January 1998 researching her Ph.D. on aspects of women and luxury, centred on a study of Elizabeth Montagu. She assisted with the organization of the conferences on `Luxury and the Exotic’, and co-organized the conference on `Women and Luxury’. She attended, and presented a paper at the conference on `Luxury and the Exotic’ held in Tokyo, September 2000. A monograph is in preparation - Living Muses: Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism.
Dr Jonathan White, PhD student on the Luxury Project; awarded an AHRB Studentship for 1998-2000 and awarded a Scoulodi Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research for the period October 2000 - April, 2001. He is working on aspects of Plebeian Luxury.
Dr Morag Martin, Assistant Professor, Brockport College, SUNY, Brockport New York, one-year fellow on the Luxury project co-organized the conference on `Luxury and the Exotic’, and assisted with the organization of the `Women and Luxury’ conference. She was awarded a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship for two years. Her monograph in preparation is Consuming Beauty: The History of French Cosmetics 1750-1830
Dr Sue Gordon Leverhulme Research Fellow in the Centre in October 2000- September 2001, associated with the Leverhulme project led by Maxine Berg on `Art and Industry’. Completed a major database project on Art and Industry: glass and ceramics, deposited with Arts and Humanities Data Services.
Dr Claire Walsh (ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow) worked on a monograph on shops and shopping in late-seventeenth century and eighteenth-century London, and articles on international tourist shopping in London and Paris.
Dr Ingrid Sykes (ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow) conducted research preparing a book on the relationship between women and the mechanical acoustical apparatus in nineteenth-century France.