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I received my Ph.D from Yale University in 2008 and my book Speaking Letters: Communication Networks in the Early Modern British World is coming out with the University of Pennsyvania Press in 2014. This work explores the way networks formed through letter writing helped bind together an increasing vast British world during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. During this period it became both easier to send a letter, as the postal system expanded, and more necessary, as the British settled across the globe. Understanding how the British used their letters illuminates how they thought about their society and how they navigated their changing geographic and communicative worlds.
Beyond letters, I am also interested in how news flowed and how the British thought about and used the information that surround them. This interest informed my recent article, “Dealing with Newsmongers: News, Trust, and Letters in the British World, c. 1670-1730,” which came out in the Hunting Library Quarterly in the summer of 2013.
My second project, “Barbarous Country: The Global Reformation of Sir John Perceval, 1683-1748,” looks at four global projects of religious and social reform involving a member of the Anglo-Irish elite to examine the way the British thought about the wider world in relation to problems they faced at home and within the empire.
At USC I teach courses on British History ranging from the 18th Century to the 20th Century. I also lead courses that explore the Early Modern Word and global expansion. Finally I enjoy teaching a course on historical methodology and the history of history.
- B.A. History, Pomona College, 2001
- Ph.D. History, Yale University, 2008
- O'Neill, L. J. (2013). Dealing with Newsmongers: News, Trust & Letters in the British World, c. 1670-1730. Huntington Library. Vol. 72 (2), pp. 215-233.