Kathleen Wilson

Professor of History

State University of New York, Stony Brook

Kathleen Wilson is Professor of History and Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She publishes on the themes of British culture and empire, including The Sense of the People: Politics, Culture and Imperialism in England, 1715-1785 (1995), which won prizes from the Royal Historical Society and the North American Conference on British Studies; The Island Race: Englishness Empire and Gender in the Eighteenth Century (2003); and (as editor) A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity and Modernity in Britain and the Empire 1660-1840 (2004). She is currently at work finishing a book entitled Strolling Players of Empire: Theater, Culture and Modernity in the British Provinces, 1720-1820 that explores the politics of theatrical and social performance and colonial rule in sites that range across the Atlantic and Pacific worlds. Her next projects include a book project tentatively entitled Rethinking the Colonial State: Gender and Governmentality in the Long Eighteenth Century; and another called The Global 1790s that will focus on empire-wide forms of radicalism during the period 1789-1815. She has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others.