- Dr Jane Macrae Campbell
- PhD at the University of York, MA Joint Hons in English and Philosophy from the University of St Andrews and an MA History from the University of Exeter
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- 2022 to 2024
- Institute of Historical Research
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Dr Jane MacRae Campbell is a historian of early modern Britain and the British Atlantic world. Her work focuses on unrealised or partially-realised colonial projects for the New World in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
Jane takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the people, spaces and material culture of the New World as envisaged in short-lived colonial projects. She is currently working on a monograph that will examine social, political and cultural change in ‘British’ attitudes towards the New World and colonialism across a range of colonisers, projects, sources and sites, from French Guiana to Newfoundland. A common thread across these projects is the reworking of myth, medieval and ancient history to articulate imagined colonial futures. Recovering such projects from the judgment of history is essential to our understanding of the character and nature of imperialism, early colonial settlement and place-making.
Jane completed her PhD at the University of York with the support of a Scouloudi Fellowship with the IHR and a PhD studentship from the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. She has an MA Joint Hons in English and Philosophy from the University of St Andrews and an MA History from the University of Exeter (Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Achievement).
‘Sir Balthazar Gerbier’s utopian dreams of the New World’ in Jenny Mander, David Midgley and Maya Feile Tomes (eds.), Transnational perspectives on the conquest and colonization of Latin America (Routledge, 2019), 23-34.
‘Dress, Ideology and Wishful Thinking: the regulation and control of clothing in early modern English utopian texts, 1516-1654’. Utopia and Fashion Special Issue, Utopian Studies 28:3 (2017).