Simon Macdonald is an Associate Lecturer in Modern European History. He works predominantly on transnational and cultural history, with particular focus on the French Revolution. His current book project, Enemies of the Republic: Policing the British in Revolutionary Paris, historicises the idea of a foreign community and of border-crossing lives during a critical point in the formation of both British and French nation states. His larger research revolves around foreigners in revolutionary France, the history of cosmopolitanism, and broader questions of European and global interconnections.
He has previously held research and teaching positions at Queen Mary University of London, Université Paris-VIII, the Institut d’études avancées de Paris, the European University Institute (Max Weber fellowship), and McGill University (Banting fellowship).
- ‘Made in France? British Women Workers in the Eighteenth-Century Paris Fashion Trades’, in David Garrioch, ed., The Republic of Skill: Artisan Mobility, Innovation, and the Circulation of Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe, forthcoming.
- Paris et ses peuples au XVIIIe siècle, co-edited with Pascal Bastien, Paris, Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2020.
- ‘Robespierre, the Duke of York, and Pisistratus during the French Revolutionary Terror’, co-authored with Colin Jones, Historical Journal, 61:3 (2018), pp. 643–672. Available open-access as a PDF.
- ‘English-Language Newspapers in Revolutionary France’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 36:1 (2013), pp. 17–33. (Winner of the Bibliographical Society of America’s triennial William L. Mitchell Prize in 2015.)
- ‘Identifying Mrs Meeke: Another Burney Family Novelist’, Review of English Studies, 64:265 (2013), pp. 367–385.
- ‘Transnational History: A Review of Past and Present Scholarship’, UCL Centre for Transnational History, 2013.
- ‘To “Shew Virtue its Own Image”: William Hodges’s The Effects of Peace and The Consequences of War, 1794–1795’, British Art Journal, 9 (2008), pp. 57–66.
- Age of Revolutions: European History 1815–1870 (1st and 2nd year undergraduate survey course)
- Writing History (1st year undergraduate core module)
- Making History (1st year undergraduate core module)
- Nations, States and Empires in Transnational Perspectives (MA History optional module)
- Revolutions (MA History core module)