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Mary joined the University of Huddersfield in 2015 as MHRA Research Assistant on The Anne Clifford Project. She transcribes and edits manuscript letters and accounts written by, for and to Lady Anne Clifford. Mary undertook her doctoral research at Aberystwyth University. Following her PhD, she taught at Aberystwyth University, on a wide range of undergraduate and MA modules. She also worked on The Mostyn Project, as AHRC Cultural Engagement Postdoctoral Fellow and with the support of the Strategic Insight Partnership Fund. Mary is reviews editor for The International Journal of Welsh Writing in English.
Mary’s doctoral thesis investigated the national and gendered identities apparent in a collection of miscellaneous, occasional and ephemeral manuscripts produced by members of the north Welsh gentry at the end of the long eighteenth century. She is developing a monograph to be published by University of Wales Press.
Mary’s postdoctoral work focuses on book history in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Wales. Specifically, she researches the methods by which Sir Thomas Mostyn (c. 1650-1692) acquired books and manuscripts from Britain and Europe and how, through lending, corresponding and patronage, the library collections were used to shore up the family’s networks and influence. This research will be published in a piece co-authored with Dr Shaun Evans of the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates.
With the support of the University of Huddersfield’s Early Career Research Fund, Mary is beginning a project which will explore relationships between Wales and India in the long eighteenth century.
I am Reviews Editor for The International Journal of Welsh Writing in English.
In 2013 I won the M. Wynn Thomas Essay Prize.
In 2011 I held a Chawton House Library Visiting Fellowship.