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Leonie Hannan
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Dr Leonie Hannan

Research Associate


Leonie Hannan studied at the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London and currently works on the social and cultural history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England with a focus on gender, intellectual life and the early modern household. She has explored in detail the role of letter-writing in women’s engagement with the life of the mind and her research argues that the material processes of correspondence affected the traffic of ideas in this period. Leonie’s current research focuses on the practice of scientific enquiry as it took place in the eighteenth-century home, illuminating connections between the domestic and the investigative.

Leonie is a lead researcher on the CHIRP-funded 100 Hours project, which in an interdisciplinary and collaborative venture focused on the study of material culture. With a professional background in museums and heritage, she also works in UCL’s Museums & Public Engagement department to promote the use of museum artefacts in academic research and teaching.

Leonie has published articles in the Women’s History Review and Literature & History and contributed to several edited collections. She is completing a monograph entitled, Interior Lives: Letter-writing and the life of the mind for women in England, 1650-1750 and co-editing a volume for Palgrave Macmillan’s gender and history series entitled Gender and Material Culture in Britain Since 1600.

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

2009 PhD  Royal Holloway, University of London 
2004 MA  Royal Holloway, University of London 
2002 BA (Hons)  University of Oxford 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy  

Courses taught

Object Lessons

IRIS Researcher Profile


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