Emma Hart
Dr Emma Hart

Dr Emma Hart

BA (Oxford), MA, PhD (Johns Hopkins), FRHistS - Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

E-mail - efh2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 462905
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914

Research Profile on Research@StAndrews



Teaching and Research Interests

I’m an early modern historian and I conduct my research mostly in the fields of British colonial America, the British Atlantic World, and Britain itself from 1500-1800. I also research and teach the urban history of the United States, and the history of the US South before the Civil War.
My interest in urban history led me to write my first book, Building Charleston (hardback 2010, paperback 2015).   I have continued my work in this field with leadership of an AHRC International Research Network, “The Global City: Past and Present.” Between 2015 and 2017 we ran four workshops to discuss the connections between cities and the global process from 1500 onwards.  The work of this network has now been incorporated into the Global Urban History Project, a new organization dedicated to bringing together scholars engaged in transnational and global urban history.

My other major area of research is the history of everyday economic life in the early modern British Atlantic world.  My second book, under contract with the University of Chicago Press, will be a spatial history of early American marketing.  In 2016-17, research and writing for this project was sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where I was the Barra Sabbatical Fellow.  I have also held fellowships at the Huntington Library and the Library Company of Philadelphia.


Selected Publications

  • Building Charleston: Town and Society in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World (Cloth, University of Virginia Press, 2010 and paper, University of South Carolina Press, 2015) 288pp
  • (with Cathy Matson) “Situating Merchants in Late Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic Port Cities,” Early American Studies, Special Issue on Port Cities (forthcoming, Fall 2017)
  • (with Mariana Dantas) “Historical Approaches to Researching the Global Urban,” in Eds. John Harrison and Michael Hoyer, Doing Global Urban Research (Sage, forthcoming 2017)
  • “City Government and the State in Eighteenth Century South Carolina,” in Eighteenth Century Studies, Special Issue on Early Modern Cities  (Vol. 50, No. 2, Winter, 2017) 195-211
  • “From Field to Plate: The Early Modern Livestock Trade and the Development of an American Economic Culture,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Ser. Vol 73 (January 2016) 107-140
  • (with Trevor Burnard) “Charleston, South Carolina and Kingston, Jamaica: A New Look at Urbanization in the American Plantation South,” Journal of Urban History,March 2013 vol. 39 no. 2, 214-234
  •  “Work, Family, and the Eighteenth Century History of the Middle Class in the American South,” Journal of Southern History, Volume LXXVIII (3), 2012, 551-578

Administrative Duties

  • School of History, Academic Misconduct Officer
  • University Appeals Assessor


Teaching Duties

Dr Hart participates in teaching and lecturing on MO2008, MO1007, HI2001 and MO1008 at sub-honours level and offers the following modules at Honours level.

She also teaches on the MLitts in Early Modern History, Modern History, and Transnational, Global, and Spatial History

Also participates in teaching the MLitt in Early Modern History and the MLitt in Modern History

Research Students

Rebecca Lott, Ethnic Charitable Societies in Philadelphia and Charleston, 1740s-1810s (with Bridget Heal)
Kimberley Sherman, Making An Atlantic North Carolina: Scottish Networks in the Eighteenth Century

Recently completed
Jason Varner, A Question of Cosmology?:  European Religious Communities and the Other in Early Modern America
Giada Pizzoni, Economic and Financial Strategies of the British Catholic Community in the Age of Mercantilism, 1672-1781

Dr Hart would be happy to supervise students working on any aspect of American history before 1865, as well as those with interests in colonial America, the British Atlantic world, material culture in Britain and America in the early modern era, and urban history in Britain and its American colonies.

Main Publications

Hart Charleston