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Rachel Smith – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Rachel is a Lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies. Her research focuses on emotion, social, political and gender history from 1700 to 1945, with a particular interest in letters, communication, distance and consumption practices.

Rachel's PhD research was funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWWDTP) which looks at anxiety through the lifecycle, using the familial letters of the Canning family from 1760-1830, to nuance understandings of remote relationships and communications through letters. She was a seminar co-convenor for History Lab, the postgraduate wing of the Institute for Historical Research and History editor for the SWWDTP student-led journal, Question.

Rachel is currently a Postgraduate Researcher/Early Career Researcher committee member for the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (BSECS) and Postgraduate Member of the Royal Historical Society.

Academic qualifications

  • BA - Bath Spa University
  • MA - Bath Spa University.

Professional memberships

  • Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Member 2021-present.

Other external roles

  • Postgraduate Researcher/Early Career Researcher Committee Member for British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2022-present.

Teaching specialism

History in the following areas:

  • Emotions
  • Gender
  • Consumption
  • Leisure and pleasure
  • 18th and 19th century society
  • Politics
  • Satire
  • Letters
  • History of communication
  • George Canning
  • Health and wellbeing.

What can Bath Spa staff and students contact you about?

Please get in touch about:

  • Research Activities
  • Historical and Critical Studies (HACS) in Design.

Research and academic outputs

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A mother educating her daughter remotely through familial correspondence: the letter as a form of female distance education in the eighteenth century
article

Bynoth, R (2021) 'A mother educating her daughter remotely through familial correspondence: the letter as a form of female distance education in the eighteenth century.' History, 106 (373). pp. 727-750. ISSN 1468-229X


Emotions in Europe 1517–1914, Vol. 4, Transformations 1789–1914 [book review]
other

Bynoth, R (2021) Emotions in Europe 1517–1914, Vol. 4, Transformations 1789–1914 [book review]. Emotions: History, Culture, Society, 5 (2). pp. 355-357. ISSN 2206-7485


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