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Professor Stephen Conway


Professor Stephen Conway was head of department 2012-15, before which he had served as chair of the board of examiners, departmental tutor, and admissions tutor. His research is focused on eighteenth-century Britain and its connections with the wider world.

PhD supervision

Stephen is interested in supervising projects on subjects related to eighteenth-century British and imperial history.

Current students: Catherine Beck, Gareth Davies

Recently completed: Recent supervisees have worked on Canada in the American imagination, 1760-1867; patronage and the Royal Navy; food cultures in eighteenth-century Britain; the Continental army and American identities; the idea of chivalry in eighteenth-century Britain; patronage and the Church of England in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; the connections between India and North America in British imperial thought and policy, 1763-1775.

Major publications

  • The British Isles and the War of American Independence (Oxford: OUP, 2000)
  • War, State and Society in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland (Oxford: OUP, 2006)
  • Britain, Ireland, and Continental Europe in the Eighteenth Century: Similarities, Connections, Identities (Oxford: OUP, 2011)
  • Britannia's Auxiliaries: Continental Europeans and the British Empire, 1740-1800 (Oxford: OUP, 2017)

For a full list of publications, see Stephen's Iris profile.

Media appearances

Interviewed on George III for Lucy Worsley's British Monarchs (BBC); interviewed on poachers and their punishment for Julian Fellowes' programme on Great Houses (ITV).

Teaching