I am an historian of Britain in the long eighteenth century who also enjoys teaching courses on seventeenth and eighteenth-century Europe, particularly the reign of Louis XIV and the Enlightenment. Whereas my first book was on the political and ideological aspects of monarchy, establishing an undergraduate minor in LGBT Studies at UNT involved developing a research agenda and courses on gender and sexuality. My studies of royal weddings led to a broader consideration of the impact of sexuality on political reputations in my second book, and I am currently completing a third that compares male writers' experience of domesticity and its representation in their works, provisionally titled The Theatre of Matrimony in Georgian Britain.
Sex, Money and Personal Character in Eighteenth-Century British Politics (Yale University Press, 2014).
The British Monarchy and the French Revolution (Yale University Press, 1998).
Recent Articles and Book Chapters:
"Desire, Sexuality, and Beauty: The Politics of Erotic Exchange" in The Cultural History of Beauty in the Enlightenment Era, ed. Karen Harvey (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2020).
"The Chevalière d'Eon, Transgender Autobiography, and Identity," Gender and History 31/1 (2019): 78-90.
"Domesticity and Self-Justification in the Writings of Samuel Kevan, Journeyman, Later Master Slater (1764-1829)," Journal of Family History 41/1 (2016): 3-18.
"Identity, Gender, Genre and Truth in The Maiden of Tonnerre: The Vicissitudes of the Chevalier and Chevalière D'Eon" in The Chevalier d'Eon and his Worlds: Gender, Espionage and Politics in the Eighteenth Century, ed. Simon Burrows, Jonathan Conlin, Russell Goulbourne and Valerie Mainz (London: Continuum, 2010), 147-60.
"Negotiating Domesticity in the Journal of Anna Larpent," Journal of Women's History 22/1 (2010): 85-106.
"Objects of Desire, Identity and Eros in the Writings of Lord Hervey and Charlotte Charke" in Sexual Perversion, 1670-1890, ed. Julie Peakman (Palgrave, 2009), 72-94.
"Transgendered Perspectives on Premodern Sexualities," Studies in English Literature 46 (Summer 2006): 585-600. Reviewed in the Scriblerian, 40/1-2 (2007-08): 98.
"Marital Litigation and English Tabloid Journalism: Crim. Con. in The Bon Ton (1791-1796)," British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 28:1 (Spring, 2005): 33-54.
"Princely Debt, Public Credit, and Commercial Values in Late Georgian Britain," Journal of British Studies 43 (July 2004): 339-65.