We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Angela Muir as the new Director of the Centre for English Local History.
Originally from Canada, she completed her BA (hons) in History at Simon Fraser University followed by 5 years in postsecondary arts events management before she moved to the UK to undertake an MA in Early Modern History at Swansea University where she developed an interest in Welsh history. She pursued doctoral studies at the University of Exeter between 2014 and 2017 with doctoral studentships from the Welcome Trust and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She was awarded the Economic History Power Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2017-2018, which she held at Cardiff University where she also lectured. She joined the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester as a Lecturer in 2018.
Her research interests are focused on the experience and broader social, cultural and medical context of illegitimacy and childbirth outside of wedlock in eighteenth-century Wales, including infant and maternal mortality, and the provision of care to unmarried mothers. More broadly, she is interested in the social and cultural history of sex, gender, poverty, medicine and the body in early modern, eighteenth and nineteenth-century England and Wales.