Professor Bob Harris MA, DPhil

Faculty of History
College office: 
Harry Pitt Fellow, Professor and Tutor in Modern History, Professor of British History, Senior Treasurer of Amalgamated Clubs

Bob Harris joined the History Faculty in 2006, having spent 13 years at the University of Dundee where he held a personal chair in British history.

Research interests: 

Bob Harris specialises in eighteenth and early nineteenth century British and Irish history, especially political, social and urban history. His current research interests include a study of gambling and attitudes towards risk in the first British empire. Most recently, he has been writing about the rise of the lotteries in the eighteenth century, and about who adventured in the lotteries and why.

Selected publications: 

'His books include Politics and the Nation: Britain in the Mid Eighteenth Century, The Scottish People and the French Revolution, and, co-authored with Professor Charles McKean, The Scottish Town in the Age of the Enlightenment 1740-1820. Published by Edinburgh University Press in August 2014, the last of these was selected by the Saltire Society as the Scottish Book of the Year for 2014, Scotland's most prestigious literary prize.  His latest book, published in 2015, is A Tale of Three Cities: The Life and Times of Lord Daer, 1763-94, a thematic biography of Lord Daer, an aristocratic radical and republican of the later eighteenth century.