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Dr Ian Stewart


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow



I am an intellectual and cultural historian of Britain, Ireland, and France in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. After completing degrees in History at Durham (BA) and King’s College London (MA), I finished my PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2018. I taught there and at Cambridge University before joining Queen Mary as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in January 2019.

Undergraduate Teaching

HST4308 – Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801

HST5392 - Modern Ireland from the Union to the Free State (1801-1922): Nation and Revolution


Research Interests:

Broadly speaking, I am interested in the way ideas are shaped by their cultural and political contexts over long periods of time and in turn how those ideas influence cultural and political developments. My first book - The Celts: A Modern History - is in effect a case study of this process and is under contract with Princeton University Press. At Queen Mary, my Leverhulme project examines the role of linguistic ideas in the development of national thought and racial theory in western Europe.


Peer-reviewed articles

  • ‘Language and the National Past in Napoleonic France: Reassessing the Académie celtique, 1805-1813’, French History (Published online in Advanced View, 2020)  

  • ‘William Frédéric Edwards and the study of human races in France, from the Restoration to the July Monarchy’, History of Science vol.58 no. 3 (2020), 275-300. 

  • ‘The Mother Tongue: Historical Study of the Celts and their Language(s) in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland’, Past & Present no. 243 (May, 2019), pp. 71-107.
  • ‘E.E. Fournier d’Albe’s Fin de siècle: Science, Nationalism and Monistic Philosophy in Britain and Ireland’, Cultural & Social History vol. 14, no. 5 (December, 2017), pp. 599-620.
  • ‘Of crofters, Celts and claymores: The Celtic Magazine and the Highland cultural nationalist movement, 1875-1888’, Historical Research vol. 89, no. 243 (February, 2016), pp. 88-113.

Entries and Chapters

  • ‘Celticism and the Four Nations in the Long Nineteenth Century’, in N. Lloyd-Jones and M. Scull (eds.), Four Nations Approaches to Modern ‘British’ History: A (Dis-) United Kingdom? (Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2018), pp. 135-59.
  • ‘Fournier d’Albe, Edmund Edward’, in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Published online: 12 April 2018, 2018).
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