Research Team

Dr. Lisa Smith, Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Saskatchewan, is the Principal Investigator. Since 1997, she has worked extensively on the Sloane medical correspondence, which proved fruitful for both her Ph.D. thesis and subsequent projects. Her main areas of research interest are gender, health and the household in England and France (ca. 1670-1789). Please email any feedback about this project to:

Dr. Jon Bath, Manager of the Digital Research Centre, is the project manager for all computing aspects of the database and website.

Chelsea Clark (B.A. Hons. History University of Saskatchewan 2014 and recipient of the History Centennial Award). Received an AMS-Hannah Studentship to research the correspondence networks of Sloane and the specific exchange of materia medica.

Bronwyn M. Craig (B.A. Hons. History, Saskatchewan) is an M.A. student. Her thesis examines how French-speaking communities transitioned to American governance in the Illinois Country. She is working on the database during the summer of 2014.

Matthew De Cloedt (B.A. Hons. History and J.D. student, Saskatchewan) held a Young Scholars Studentship (Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity and USTEP) in 2011, an AMS-Hannah Studentship in 2012, and has worked on the database during the summers of 2013 and 2014.

James Hawkes is an undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan, who is pursuing a B.A. (Double Hons. History & Classical, MediƦval and Renaissance Studies, with a minor in Political Studies). He began work on the project in 2014.

Becky Littlechilds, who is currently working on Latin letters for the project, will complete her PhD in Classics at King's College London, UK, in the fall of 2014. She works on late antiquity in the Latin west and especially on the city of Rome in the fourth and fifth centuries AD. Becky received her B.A. (High Honours) in Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and her MA in Greek and Roman Studies from the University of Victoria, BC. She is the recipient of the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Masters Scholarship and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

Erin Spinney (B.A. Hons., and M.A. University of New Brunswick) is a PhD Candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. She researches eighteenth and early-nineteenth century British military and naval nursing.

Other Database Contributors

Alice Marples (M.A. Hons. History, University of Glasgow and M.A. Early Modern History, King's College London) is a PhD student at King's College London and the British Library as part of an AHRC-funded project called Reconnecting Sloane: Texts, Images, Objects. She is using Sloane's manuscripts to explore how he used correspondence to fashion his identity, interact with a number of different communities, and build a global network of contributors to his vast collection. She is sharing some of her research notes on the letters in the database.

Previous Team Members

Jason Grier (B.A. Hons. & M.A. History, Saskatchewan) finished an M.A. thesis on scientific controversy over natural facts in late seventeenth-century England. He is now at York University (Canada), working on a Ph.D. on the history of early modern science.

Ann-Marie Hansen is a Ph.D. student in McGill University's French Language and Literature Department, where she completed a Masters on the historical development of spleen as a concept and term in eighteenth-century France. Her current project delves into the workings of the Republic of Letters. Specifically, she studies the archives and correspondence of Prosper Marchand.

Amanda Harrigan completed a Masters of Library and Information Studies degree at the University of Alberta. She worked on the project in 2010 and went on to work as a metadata technician for the University of Alberta's historical digitization project, Peel's Prairie Provinces. Amanda also holds B.A. Hons. and M.A. degrees in History (University of Saskatchewan).

Rob Konkel (B.A. Hons. History, Saskatchewan and M.Sc. History, Oxford) received an AMS Hannah Studentship to participate in the project (2010) and to write an original research essay about Sloane's medical practice.

Kurt Krueger (B.A. Hons., Political Science and History and M.A. History, Saskatchewan) was a research assistant from 2008-9. His M.A. thesis considered masculinity and nationalism in Boswell's diary. For his Ph.D. (University of Victoria), he is looking at highwaymen, masculinity and crime in eighteenth-century England.

Melanie Racette-Campbell, who worked on Latin letters for the project in 2010, recently completed her Ph.D. in Classics at the University of Toronto. She received her B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and M.A. in Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include Latin poetry and gender and sexuality in the classical world.

Jeff Smith, was the Manager of the Digital Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan (2010-11).

Heather Stanley, is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. and M.A., University of Victoria), was the project's first research assistant in 2008. She researches married sexuality during Canada's baby boom, particularly the relationship between social and medical discourses.