Professor R A Houston
Professor R A Houston
MA (St. And.), PhD (Cantab.), FRHistS, MAE, FRSE
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 462901
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914
Research Profile on Research@St Andrews
Teaching and Research Interests
Royal Society of Edinburgh
Teaches principally English social history, c.1500-1800. He researches Scottish and English social history c.1450-1850 but has published in many areas of European social history including literacy, urbanisation, medical history and demography. For current projects see Curriculum Vitae (June 2016).
Read Professor Houston's Spotlight feature on the St Andrews School of History wordpress blog
Professor Houston's History of Psychiatry podcast series and SoundCloud site
- Scottish Literacy and the Scottish Identity: Literacy and Society in Scotland and England, 1660-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 1989) [Details]
- Literacy in Early Modern Europe: Culture and Education, 1500-1800 (Longman, 1989; Italian translation, 1996) [Details]
- The Population History of Britain and Ireland, 1500-1750 (MacMillan, 1991)
- Social Change in the Age of Enlightenment: Edinburgh, 1660-1760 (Oxford University Press, 1994)
- Madness and Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Oxford University Press, 1999) [Details]
- (with Uta Frith), Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue (Blackwell, 2000) [Details]
- (edited with W W Knox) The New Penguin History of Scotland: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day (Penguin, 2001) [Details]
- Scotland: a very short introduction. (Oxford University Press, 2008) [Details]
- Punishing the dead? Suicide, lordship and community in Britain, 1500-1830 (Oxford University Press, 2010) [Details]
- Round table review in Britain and the world 4, 2 (2011), 303-20.
- Bride ales and penny weddings: recreations, reciprocity, and regions in Britain from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century (Oxford University Press, 2014). [Details]
- The coroners of northern Britain, c.1300-1700 (Palgrave, 2014).
- Peasant petitions: social relations and economic life on landed estates, 1600-1850 (Palgrave, 2014). [Details]
Other publications and full Research Profile available on Research@St Andrews
Participates in the teaching of First and Second Level Modern History, taught Postgraduate programs and offers the following Honours courses:
Professor Houston has acted as a specialist or ‘expert’ lecturer on vacation tours of Scotland, most recently a Smithsonian Journeys trip called ‘Scotland’s Treasures’. Guests have described his lectures on topics such as ‘Scottish History at the Movies’ and ‘Who are the Scots like?’ as ‘entertaining’, ‘stimulating’, ‘erudite but accessible’, and ‘providing real depth on Scottish history and culture’.