Professor Bob Harris MA, DPhil

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Professor of British History; Faculty of History
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Harry Pitt Fellow and Tutor in Modern 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 focuses on the fortunes of Scots in Britain, especially in London, and the making of ‘North Britain’, c.1707-1870. He continues to think and write about gambling, risk and speculation in eighteenth-century Britain and its overseas empire.

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 by Cambridge University Press in March 2022, is Gambling in Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century.