Primrose Hill, London (Stones on the same hill, colder day)
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
email: nekey at eiu.edu
office: 3725 Coleman Hall
- Summary - I've written about imaginary kings, feasting & drinking, preaching & plotting, blogging and digital history, all having to dow with early modern England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, including co-authoring a best-selling text, Early Modern England (now revising for 3rd ed.). In past lives I wrote an M.Phil. thesis at Cambridge on Norfolk smuggling, and a PhD dissertation at Cornell on Welsh Marches politics.
I have taught at Cornell, Trinity (TX), Harlaxton (UK), and Eastern Illinois (see my vita).
- Research Interests - I am writing on (1) history as political thought during the Glorious Revolution, (2) the Rye House Plots; (3) aristocratic households in the early modern London cosmopolis (see my vita).
Student Supervision Interests - I am directing or have directed M.A. theses and Honors undergraduate research on: Illegitimate children at Charles II's Court, the Henrician Reformation in 17th-century print culture, 18th-century Anglo-American clubbing, the London Irish circa 1798, London and the slave trade circa 1700, London murderesses 1680s-1800, 17th-century popular calendar celebrations, and Restoration York. Contact me if you are interested in studying aspects of the British Isles, 1550-1800 (see my office page & student work).
- Teaching interests - I teach undergraduates about the early modern world, early modern England, modern Britain and the British Empire, as well as researching and writing history. I teach graduates about revolutions, early modern society, as well as historiography. I teach both graduates and undergraduates Irish history and London crime & poverty (see my syllabi page).