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School of History

Dr Simon Macdonald


Research Fellow



I joined Queen Mary in 2019 to work with Prof. Colin Jones on a major AHRC-funded research project on the history of the French Revolution (‘The Duchesse d’Elbeuf’s Letters to a Friend, 1788–1794’). At QMUL, I also contribute to undergraduate teaching in European history (HST5358 Paris since Napoleon).

I received my PhD at Cambridge, and have previously held research and teaching positions at Université Paris-VIII, the Institut d’études avancées de Paris, the European University Institute (Max Weber fellowship), McGill University (Banting fellowship), and University College London, where I continue to be an Associate at the UCL Centre for Transnational History.


Research Interests:

I am a cultural and social historian of Europe, with a particular focus on the French Revolution in international and transnational perspectives. My current book project, Enemies of the Republic: Policing the British in Revolutionary Paris, historicises the idea of a foreign community and of border-crossing lives during a critical point in the formation of both British and French nation states. My larger research revolves around foreigners in revolutionary France, the history of cosmopolitanism, Franco–British entanglements and broader questions of European and global interconnections.


Selected publications