I have supervised to completion the following PhD students at the University of Manchester:
- Laura Sandy: "Overseers and Their Place in Colonial American Plantation Society" (now senior lecturer in history at the University of Liverpool)
- Patrick Doyle, "Disloyalty, Dissent, and Treason in Civil War South Carolina"(now lecturer in history at Royal Holloway)
- Natalie Armitage: "The Cultural History of the Voodoo Doll"(now Clay School Manager at the British Ceramics Biennial)
- Matthew Stallard: "Racial Classification and Urban Space in Early Nineteenth-Century New Orleans" (now research associate at the Legacies of British Slave Ownership project at University College London)
- Sami Pinarbasi, "Slavery and Anti-Slavery in Late Georgian Manchester" (now lecturer in history at London South Bank University)
- Patrick Massey, "New Orleans Exceptionalism in the Cultural Response to Hurricane Katrina"
- Helen Kilburn, "Catholics in the Colonies: Nation, Religion and Race in Seventeenth-Century Maryland" (now assistant rector at the University of Notre Dame's London Global Gateway)
- Katie Myerscough, "Progressive Plans and Urban Realities in St Louis, 1890-1923" (now a history teacher at Manchester Academy).
I currently supervise PhD students working on representations of enslaved experience at historic sites in the US and the UK, and on the phenomenon of "human collecting" at the early modern European court.
I welcome enquiries from potential research students interested in the history of the United States, the West Indies, and the Atlantic world in the period bounded broadly by the Columbian voyages and the American Civil War, particularly those interested in social and cultural history, race, slavery and abolition, gender and sexuality, and the history of urbanism and the built environment. The John Rylands Library holds a number of collections of particular value to these subjects, including the Stapleton Manuscripts , the Brooke of Mere Muniments, the Thomas Coke Papers, the Raymond Anti-Slavery Collection, the Voyages and Travel Collection, the Manchester Geographical Society Collection, and numerous sources on the global/transatlantic textile industry. The University Library subscribes to databases such as the African American Experience, Colonial State Papers, Early American Fiction, European Views of the Americas, Nineteenth-Century U.S. Newspapers, Readex Early American Imprints, and Sabin Americana, and is constantly adding to its collection of electronic research resources.