Kathleen Wilson

Professor (Ph.D., Yale University, 1985), Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, UK, and John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellow for 2001-02); Huntington Library John Brockton Fellow, 2010. Hometown: Michigan City, Indiana. Favorite place: On the beach.
Curriculum Vitae
SBS N-331
Research Interests
Kathleen Wilson is Professor of History and Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She publishes on the themes of British culture and empire, including The Sense of the People: Politics, Culture and Imperialism in England, 1715-1785 (1995), which won prizes from the Royal Historical Society and the North American Conference on British Studies; The Island Race: Englishness Empire and Gender in the Eighteenth Century (2003); and (as editor) A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity and Modernity in Britain and the Empire 1660-1840 (2004). She is currently at work finishing a book entitled Strolling Players of Empire: Theater, Culture and Modernity in the British Provinces, 1720-1820 that explores the politics of theatrical and social performance and colonial rule in sites that range across the Atlantic and Pacific worlds. Her next projects include a book project tentatively entitled Rethinking the Colonial State: Gender and Governmentality in the Long Eighteenth Century; and another called The Global 1790s that will focus on empire-wide forms of radicalism during the period 1789-1815. She has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. She lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and poodle.

Scholarly Works
Recent articles:

'Re-thinking the Colonial State: Family, Gender and Governmentality in Eighteenth Century British Frontiers', forthcoming in American Historical Review

'The Performance of Freedom:  Maroons and the Colonial Order in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica and the Atlantic Sound,' William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser, LXVI, (Jan 2009), 45-86.

"Rowe's Fair Penitent as Global History: or, A Diversionary Voyage to New South Wales," Eighteenth Century Studies, 41 (2) (2008), 231-251.

"Nelson's Women: Female Masculinity and Body Politics in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars," European History Quarterly, 37 (4), 2007, 562-581.

"Old Imperialisms and new imperial histories: rethinking the history of the present,' Radical History Review, 95 (Spring 2006), pp, 211-34.